The Risks of Flying in The Map of My Dead Pilots

The Map of My dead PilotsThe bush pilots of Alaska risk their lives to transport people, mail, medicine, animals, dead bodies and everything else in between to keep the isolated villages linked to the outside world. Perils abound since Alaska is a land of mountains and canyons with weather that can bring dense fog, clouds, and temperatures that freeze machines and people. Nature aside, the company that employs these pilots only makes money when there are flights so pilots are expected to fly in sub zero temperatures or in planes that are overloaded with cargo.

Even with all the dangers these bush pilots choose to fly in these highly stressful conditions and the motivation behind this varies from broken down relationships to the desire to get ahead. The Map of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska by Colleen Mondor is a testament of the four years she was dispatch operator for one of these airlines. She shares the triumphs, the oddities, and the tragedies in this narrative where the pilots and their flying become personal.

 

Christina Callison has been blogging about books for the library’s website since 2006. She has read hundreds of books that include mysteries, fantasies, horror, thrillers, non-fiction, general fiction, and some science fiction. She continues with her goal of finding new books and authors to recommend.

  • Terry

    I can’t believe I flew into a resort cabin on one of those things with my then-8-year-old son. Found out after we got back how many of those crash every year. But I guess we can both say we’ve done it. Once.