ADVENTURES OF A CANADIAN ARCTIC PILOT

Written by a Pioneer Ice Pilot With Foreword by Joe McBryan of Buffalo Airways



Flying consists of hours & hours of absolute boredom
— interspersed by moments of stark terror…


ARCTIC PILOT Don Hamilton's book Flying Overloaded is an exciting journal of flying in Canada's Arctic. Packed with hair-raising episodes, some so unbelievable it makes you wonder how he ever survived. You will find many of the stories are about stark terror. Although some of Don's flying may have been boring the book certainly is not.

It tells of Don's days of flying in the Far North for various companies, including training pilots on the DC-3 for Buffalo Airways in their early days, and in support of his two fly-in lodges with his own aircraft. This by itself was exciting; more so when you realize he overloaded most of the time and flew in bad weather simply because there was no other choice.

A remarkable story of the Arctic in the pioneering days of the early bush pilots by one of the most memorable characters who made the north accessible.


"Don Hamilton was an adventurer, a keen businessman, a 'no-nonsense guy' who could make things happen. We loved listening to his stories. It is comforting to know that now his spirit is free and soaring"
–Dennis and Ann Rahkola

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"Switching on my landing light all I saw was blinding snow flying at the windshield and continued my descent. The second time I turned it on, the sign on the Hudson's Bay store was illuminated. Immediately, I had to pull up and missed the approach. It was imperative to get this thing on the ground - there was no place else to go with a heavy load of ice. The ice-burdened Otter refused to climb but made it to 200 feet above sea level. Now I offset the ADF needle a little bit more to line up on the runway. Father Menez hadn't had time to light the flare pots but he was down there and I spotted his flashlight waving through the snowstorm. I headed straight at him and he tossed the flashlight in the air, spinning it end over end as high as he could, then scurried out of the way. By the time the flashlight landed, I was down."


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