As seen on TV 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 worlds 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 McBryans 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....
|Title||:||The Ice Pilots: Flying with the Mavericks of the Great White North|
|Number of Pages||:||402 Pages|
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The Ice Pilots: Flying with the Mavericks of the Great White North Reviews
The title is a touch misleading as there is precious little 'flying with the mavericks of the great white north' so if you're a fan of the Ice Pilots TV show and were hoping for some more flying adventures on the DC-3 or C-46, you will be disappointed. The author focuses a lot on Mikey McBryan, the airline's General Manager (a wannabe celebrity if there ever was one) and gushes over Joe McBryan (the airline's erstwhile president) who, as the book unfolds varies between surly cooperation and outright hostility towards the author. However, the author delves very little into the day-to-day operations of Buffalo Airways and the 'Ice Pilots' themselves who actually fly for the company and their daily routines flying the classic airplanes that make Buffalo Airways famous. There are bits from the TV show repeated in the book too, which increases the impression that this book is nothing but a cheap cash-in. The author uses the word 'mavericks' in the title of the book but the picture he tries to paint of the airline in the book is of a company that has little, if anything to do with mavericks! There are some random diversions into the history of bush flying in Canada which are interesting but all too brief. If you're a fan of the show (as I was), you will find parts of the book fairly interesting but if you're after real flying stories and an in-depth look at Buffalo Airways' operations, stick to the TV show.
Weather you're an aviation fanatic or just like learning about new people and places (like me), Ice Pilots is a wonderful read. Michael Vlessides attempts to crack the cold, hard and toughest of worlds. Not the barren land of the near Arctic but the life of Joe McBryan, owner of Buffalo Airways. A unique and interesting person, Joe keeps the working of his airline and life very private. Not that there is anything sinister about his activities, but just the opposite; simple, hard working, straight ahead and honest. Attributes that are just an echo form a past, yet still find a home at Buffalo.
A little disappointed with this book. Despite claims that he is knowledgeable on aircraft there were several technical errors noted in descriptions of aircraft and their functions. A little repetitive , but otherwise and interesting look at Buffalo airways.
This is a true write-up of how the "great North Country" & it's cold makes like Men & Machines hard to work with. Good book!!
I happen to live in the North and am good friends with the family. There are dozens of inaccurate or misleading statements in the book. Buffalo is an interesting company without the embellishments. There are statements made by the author that could have easily been verified. I think the guy just threw this bio together to get on the bandwagon. It would have been nice if he had fully developed the characters. If you want a fluffy overview; fine. But do not expect any depth from this book.
The Ice Pilots reveals the inside story of Buffalo Airways, a private airline based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Filled with stories of the adventure and drama of the bush-pilot McBryan family who own the company and all those attracted to the excitement of flying in the “Great White North,” this is the airline on which the popular TV documentaries by the same name and likely the TV drama series Arctic Air by Ian Weir were based.