|Publisher:||West Margin Press|
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About the Author
Harmon "Bud" Helmericks was an Arctic explorer, bush pilot and author best known for writing The Last of the Bush Pilots. As one of Alaska's most famous bush pilots, Bud holds the Award of Merit, Territory of Alaska, for "Special Service in the Arctic Regions." He couldn't tell you exactly how many Alaska flight hours he had, because he tired of adding up his flight hours after logging more than 27,000 hours. He crossed thousands of miles of mostly uninhabited wilderness in small Cessnas on wheels, skis or pontoons. Bud is coauthor and author of several books that are now deemed collectible, among them We Live in the Arctic, We Live in Alaska, The Flight of the Arctic Tern, and The Last of the Bush Pilots.
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Floats are a favorite landing gear in Southeast, where rugged coastline and hills limit the availability of airstrips. Pilots in Southeast encounter some of the cloudiest weather in Alaska outside the Aleutians, and floats enable ocean landings in times of trouble or as a routine method of hoping from town to town. “Pilots landing on the region’s many glaciers prefer wheel/skis, which enable travel from downtown Juneau to the magnificent ice fields nearby in minutes. The mountains of the Saint Elias, Fairweather, and Coast ranges often discourage flights inland because of the clouds stacked around them.