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Ice Pilots, The: Flying with the Mavericks of the Great White North Paperback – Jan 6 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre (Jan. 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553659392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553659396
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It's a book just waiting to be devoured, especially by those who yearn for the golden era of aviation, when flight was still enough of a novelty as to be a luxury and the men (and occasional woman) who took the controls was an adventurer of heroic proportions." (Rocky Mountain Outlook 2012-02-15)

"...the mental pictures you form while reading this well-written work are sharper, thanks to a seasoned writer acting as guide and interpreter." (Air & Space Smithsonian Magazine 2012-06-01)

About the Author

Michael Vlessides is the writer behind Les Stroud's bestselling Survivorman books: Survive: Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere - Alive and Will to Live: Dispatches from the Edge of Survival. A graduate of New York University's School of Journalism, Michael Vlessides is the former editor of Up Here magazine in Yellowknife -- where his office was next door to Buffalo Airways -- and he has been published in International Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, British Columbia, Reader's Digest, Canadian Wildlife, Explore, L'Actualite, and Avenue. He lived for six years in the Arctic and now lives in Canmore, Alberta.


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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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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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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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