The Ice Pilots: Flying with the Mavericks of the Great White North

by Michael Vlessides

Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd. | January 6, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Ice Pilots: Flying with the Mavericks of the Great White North is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

A nail-biting tour whooshing through the Arctic air alongside the legendary ice pilots, whose story created an international television sensation.

Based on the top-rated TV show now airing on History Channel and Global TV in Canada, and in eleven other countries around the world, The Ice Pilots follows a group of pilots in Yellowknife, Canada, and the extraordinary adventures of the most unorthodox flyboys on earth.

Renegade Arctic airline Buffalo Airways defies the cold and the competition by using World War 2-era propeller planes to haul vital fuel, supplies and passengers to remote outposts across the world's last great wilderness of northern Canada. From rookie pilots trying to earn their wings in dangerous conditions to vintage planes that flew over Normandy on D-Day, The Ice Pilots brings its readers on an engaging romp through Arctic skies.

The intrepid Michael Vlessides -- the writer behind Les Stroud's bestselling Survivorman books -- 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, the passengers and the communities they serve. Weaving in history about bush pilots, plane crashes and the north, Vlessides has crafted an entertaining, informative narrative about aviation: the lifeline of this remote and icy world.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 280 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.8 in

Published: January 6, 2012

Publisher: Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553659392

ISBN - 13: 9781553659396

Found in: Reference and Language

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! Read this book in a day! A nice companion piece to the show. Gives you a deeper appreciation for bush pilots, Buffalo Airways and the magnitude of the Canadian North. A book to be enjoyed by aviation enthusiasts and non-flyers.
Date published: 2014-04-17

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The Ice Pilots: Flying with the Mavericks of the Great White North

The Ice Pilots: Flying with the Mavericks of the Great White North

by Michael Vlessides

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 280 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.8 in

Published: January 6, 2012

Publisher: Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553659392

ISBN - 13: 9781553659396

From the Publisher

A nail-biting tour whooshing through the Arctic air alongside the legendary ice pilots, whose story created an international television sensation.

Based on the top-rated TV show now airing on History Channel and Global TV in Canada, and in eleven other countries around the world, The Ice Pilots follows a group of pilots in Yellowknife, Canada, and the extraordinary adventures of the most unorthodox flyboys on earth.

Renegade Arctic airline Buffalo Airways defies the cold and the competition by using World War 2-era propeller planes to haul vital fuel, supplies and passengers to remote outposts across the world's last great wilderness of northern Canada. From rookie pilots trying to earn their wings in dangerous conditions to vintage planes that flew over Normandy on D-Day, The Ice Pilots brings its readers on an engaging romp through Arctic skies.

The intrepid Michael Vlessides -- the writer behind Les Stroud's bestselling Survivorman books -- 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, the passengers and the communities they serve. Weaving in history about bush pilots, plane crashes and the north, Vlessides has crafted an entertaining, informative narrative about aviation: the lifeline of this remote and icy world.

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.

Editorial Reviews

"…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