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Ice Pilots, The: Flying with the Mavericks of the Great White North
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2012
Writer Michael Vlessides, who used to live in Yellowknife, heads back up north and spends time with the Buffalo Airways pilots and crew, including Mikey McBryan and Buffalo Joe, telling behind-the-scenes stories and weaving in anecdotes about Native people in the north, dog sledding, bush pilots, and aviation history. His determination to crack the hot-tempered Joe becomes part of the story, with Joe occasionally softening up and sharing stories about his childhood in a mining camp and about his early days of flying, and being taught by his mentor, famous bush pilot Chuck McAvoy. There's tons of information in it that you don't get to see on the show, and it's fast-paced and funny. Recommended for fans of Ice Pilots NWT, Arctic Air, the north and aviation.
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on April 2, 2012
Light and entertaining. But man, what has become of proofreading? Even as I skimmed along, I found spelling errors and this statement.

If you asked Mikey if it's easier to get mechanics or pilots and you answered pilots, your wrong. Pilots are a dime a dozen. Or something like that. Wait. What? Pilots are..huh?
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on July 27, 2013
I thought the book was great, easy to read and has made the TV series more interesting. Would like to contact the author because before joining the RCAF in 1942, I drove a gravel truck with about five 45 gallon barrells of aviation gas to Alexandra Falls. We dumped them at an emergency landing strip.
Phil Pawsey
Retired RCAF TCA/AirCanada
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on April 5, 2013
More on the lives and loves of the McBryan family
and the people who work for Buffalo Airways.
A Canadian business and it's struggles to survive
in our Canadian north.
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on January 2, 2013
An excellent companion volume to the TV series gives background and details not seen on the show. Very informative and well written. Highly recommend.
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on February 15, 2015
very good book.....fast delivery
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