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

Paperback | January 6, 2012

byMichael Vlessides

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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.

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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...

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 Yello...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.8 inPublished:January 6, 2012Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1553659392

ISBN - 13:9781553659396

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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 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