The Ice Pilots

The Ice Pilots

Flying With the Mavericks of the Great White North

Book - 2012
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The Ice Pilots follows renegade Arctic airline Buffalo Airways, and pilots who defy the cold and the competition by using WWII era propeller planes likes the DC-3 to haul vital fuel, supplies, and passengers to remote outposts across the world's last great wilderness. From rookie pilots trying to earn their wings in sometimes hellish conditions to vintage planes that flew over Normandy on D-Day, The Ice Pilots brings its readers on an engaging romp through Arctic skies.

Michael Vlessides braves bone-chilling temperatures, treacherous landings, and iconic owner "Buffalo" Joe McBryan's famous temper to capture behind-the-scenes stories about the ice pilots, the crew, and the communities they serve. Weaving in history about bush pilots, plane crashes, and the north, he has crafted an entertaining, informative narrative about aviation, the lifeline of this remote world.

Based on the top-rated Ice Pilots NWT television series now airing on The Weather Channel and in 12 countries around the world.
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781553659396
Branch Call Number: 629.1309113 VLE
Characteristics: 271 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm


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Jan 28, 2015

A pretty good read. Not necessary to be familiar with the TV series on the History Channel but it does help. I have nothing but respect for the men and women who fly in supplies to the most remote regions of this country, risking their lives in planes that flew bomber missions during WWII - not to mention the ground crews who make sure the planes run on time.

May 30, 2012

If you are at all interested in Canada's North, flying, or old beautiful planes such as the DC-3 and Norseman - you must read this. The personality of Buffalo Joe McBryan is a little "stretched" in Vlessides' book. I was a passenger for more than a decade on Buffalo Air scheduled flights, and Joe is really a gentle and most helpful man, as well as a great pilot.

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