The Alaska Bush Pilot Chronicles
by Mort D. Mason
Review by Meg Godlewski
There’s hardly a pilot among us who doesn’t dream of taking an airplane into the backcountry of Alaska. If that is not in the cards for you (yet) or you’d rather have the margin of safety that comes from piloting an arm chair, fly
along with Alaska bush pilot Mort Mason through the pages of The Alaska Bush
Mason’s career spans 30 years and includes flying hunters, fishermen and
sightseers to the most remote and most scenic parts of the “Big Empty.”
Mason recounts his experiences of landing on sandbars, navigating mountain passes and skirting deadly weather. Although you
may never fly in the backcountry,
you may learn a thing or two that could help you avoid a dangerous situation.
Interspersed with his own experiences, Mason describes events that happened
to other pilots who attempted to fly Alaska when they didn’t have the skill, proficiency or the right equipment to do so. You think to yourself, ‘I’d never do that!’
and learn from it. He also shares the exploits of famous pilots he’s known, including those who continue to fly in the remote corners of the world.
Mason tells the stories in a folksy, relaxed style and you almost feel as if you’re
sitting in a rustic lodge listening to a hangar flying session.
Published by Voyageur Press; 2009
Hardcover; 319 pages; $16.50
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