Two big-engined Cessna 170s venture out to explore the Nizina river valley, a narrow region between the massive Wrangell and St Elias mountain ranges that is a pilot's paradise of airstrips, public cabins, and the natural wonders of Alaska.
Given the legend status of the Cessna 180, there's no shortage of good specimens to write about. In this case, it's the working Skywagon owned and operated by Taj Shoemaker of North River Air, based in Kodiak, Alaska.
In this 3-part series, two pilots ferry a new CubCrafters Top Cub from Washington state to Anchorage via interior British Columbia. Nothing goes wrong. It's an excellent trip and a milestone achieved for the low-time pilot-author.
There exists a quality to visual conditions, and sometimes what is technically VFR is practically useless without instruments, as in the case of surface whiteout, or "flying inside a milk bottle."
A summer job as a de Havilland Beaver glacier pilot sounds ideal, but there is just so much to explore in Alaska— An adventuresome pilot needs his own airplane.
Ultima Thule Lodge pilot Arturo Polo-Ena is our most recent featured photographer. Learn more about the charismatic Spanish pilot/photographer whose knack for capturing the spirit of Alaskan bush flying in his stunning imagery is leaving viewers in awe once again of the Super Cub and the great North.