NINE LIVES OF AN ALASKA BUSH PILOT
Author: Ken Eichner
Publisher: Taylor Press, Dec 2002
Explores the life & adventures of one of the first helicopter bush pilots in Alaska from WW II through today. For anyone into the Alaskan sprit, who enjoys helicopters, or who wants to experience the incredible adventures of one man's life. Edited by Robin Taylor & Suzanne Eichner. Illus, 120+ photos & 4 maps; 6x9 inches, 351 pgs.
Written by legendary rescue pilot Ken Eichner, Nine Lives explores the life and adventures of one of the first helicopter bush pilots in Alaska.
Ken's adventures as a pilot from the second world war through the present day.
Eichner's book follows his love of flying from his youth in Lebanon, Oregon through his ground-breaking work as one of the first helicopter bush pilots in Southeast Alaska. His story presents many close calls and lessons learned while flying small airplanes and helicopters. Hunting, trapping, prospecting, and search and rescue operations provide a backdrop for his exciting tales of flying and innovation. With fellow pilots in mind, he takes a close look at river and glacier landings with a float plane as well as flying in difficult terrain and freezing temperatures in a helicopter.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"The difference between Eichner's tales and those of others is that only Eichner has flown fixed wing aircraft and helicopters for 58 years. . . . Among authors about flying in Alaska, his experience is unequalled."
-- Lew Williams Jr. , Ketchikan Daily News
". . . Aside from good entertainment, Eichner's book is a great ground school course in Alaska bush flying. He built his company, TEMSCO, from a one-machine operation in the early 1950's to more than 40 machines and 24 fixed wing aircraft covering Alaska by the time he sold out in 1989."
-- Lew Williams Jr., Ketchikan Daily News
"Once I got started reading Ken's book, I missed many hours' sleep, as it was difficult to put down."
-- Jim Hamilton, Bell Helicopters (retired), in Twirlybirds Newsletter
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ken Eichner retired after 30 years of commercial helicopter flying when he sold his company, TEMSCO, Inc. in 1990.