Flying a small plane to Alaska is an adventure many pilots only dream of. In 2008, the author, a student pilot, and his brother, a flight instructor, embarked on this adventure in an airplane old enough to be their mother. On their journey, they examined how to fit twelve feet eight inches worth of grown men into one of the smallest cockpits on earth--for as many as eight hours a day. They visited places they had planned on going, to see friends and relatives, and made unintended stops in places they hadn’t ever heard of. They waited out weather, waited on maintenance, and wrapped the whirlwind of learning to fly into one of the grandest cross-country trips imaginable. In the end, they covered in two weeks what takes commercial air carriers only a few hours to accomplish--but they had a lot more fun--and a much better view.
|Series:||14 Days to Alaska: Two Brothers in a 57-Year-Old Airplane Fly the Ultimate Cross Country Flight Training Adventure|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
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One of the things I love about books is that they can take you somewhere you’d not otherwise go. They can take you somewhere you’d not even want to go----and set the stage for you to enjoy it. 14 Days to Alaska did that for me. I’ve flown in jets, small planes, helicopters----even a glider. I am a white knuckler for take off, landing, and turbulence. But I could thoroughly enjoy the flight from Ohio to Alaska in 14 Days to Alaska. The most delightful aspect of the adventure to me, a former teacher, was watching Troy develop into a pilot. He is open to learning, even enthusiastic about it. He is positive, honest, and genuine, the type of student teachers enjoy. Troy’s asides are a great source of comic relief from the tension that you find in the story during the flight: “With this positive (-ly delusional . . .) frame of mind, I looked out the window. I didn’t see evidence of massive frost layers like yesterday. So far, so good. We got our stuff together and headed down to breakfast again. As we stepped outside we found . . . frost. But this time the frost wasn’t the thick white kind, it was a thin layer on top of solid ice. As if it was a little frost on top of freezing rain. Not what I had in mind.” And that’s the personable way the story’s told. Language flows along as if you were sitting somewhere listening to the adventure over coffee, relaxed, comfortable, hanging on interest-grabbing tales of the flight. When the story ends, you want more. You’ve met a new pilot, a character you won’t forget, and one you hope to hear from again.