Four pilots attempted to set a Guinness Book of World Records on Feb. 11, when Kevin Sloane of Fly Truckee Tahoe, Kevin Quinn of Points North Heli, Trent Palmer, owner of RC Heli Pilot, and pilot Toby Smith performed the longest airplane water ski feat over Lake Tahoe for a distance of 30 miles. The planes skimmed the surface of the water with the plane tires thereby skiing on the water. The Guinness Book of World Records can take up to 12 weeks to declare an official record.

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Courtesy Kevin Sloane

Sloan is a local bush pilot who owns Fly Truckee Tahoe. He also knows how to fly in the mountains. He and a small group of pilots fly the Sierra back country. You may have seen them flying over Olympic Valley or Lake Tahoe. The most exciting news is that these guys are for hire. They’ll take you out on a sightseeing trip or land their planes on a frozen lake for some ice-skating or a picnic. They also take skiers and boarders into back-country terrain that can only be accessed by plane.

The company also offers flight instruction, search and rescue, insurance work, film and photo shoots, and are available for almost anything. | facebook.com/flytruckeetahoe

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Priya Hutner
Priya Hutner is a writer, personal chef and meditation teacher. Having moved to the mountains from Sebastian, Fla., she embraces the Tahoe lifestyle and loves to ski, hike, paddle and swim. Priya is the owner of the Seasoned Sage, a business that prepares organic meals and facilitates workshops that promote a health-conscious lifestyle. Priya writes feature articles about music, art, food and recreation. She loves to immerse in story. Whether jumping from a plane, eating obscure foods or hitting the Tahoe-Reno music scene, she is always up for adventure and experience. She is currently writing a memoir about her experience living on an ashram and working on a series of cookbooks. | priya@tahoethisweek.com