Biography & Autobiography

Map of My Dead Pilots

The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska

Author: Colleen Mondor

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762775831

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 4529

The Map of My Dead Pilots is about flying, pilots, and Alaska, the beautiful and deadly Last Frontier. Author Colleen Mondor spent four years running dispatch operations for a Fairbanks-based commuter and charter airline, and she knows all too well the gap between the romance and reality of small plane piloting in the wildest territory of the United States. From overloaded aircraft to wings covered in ice, from flying sled dogs and dead bodies, piloting in Alaska is about living hard and working even harder. What Mondor witnessed day to day would make anyone’s hair stand on end. Ultimately, it is the pilots themselves—laced with ice and whiskey, death and camaraderie, silence and engine roar—and their harrowing tales who capture her imagination. In fine detail, this series of stories reveals the technical side of flying, the history of Alaskan aviation, and a world that demands a close communion with extreme physical danger and emotional toughness.
Biography & Autobiography

Map of My Dead Pilots

The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska

Author: Colleen Mondor

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762775831

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 2878

The Map of My Dead Pilots is about flying, pilots, and Alaska, the beautiful and deadly Last Frontier. Author Colleen Mondor spent four years running dispatch operations for a Fairbanks-based commuter and charter airline, and she knows all too well the gap between the romance and reality of small plane piloting in the wildest territory of the United States. From overloaded aircraft to wings covered in ice, from flying sled dogs and dead bodies, piloting in Alaska is about living hard and working even harder. What Mondor witnessed day to day would make anyone’s hair stand on end. Ultimately, it is the pilots themselves—laced with ice and whiskey, death and camaraderie, silence and engine roar—and their harrowing tales who capture her imagination. In fine detail, this series of stories reveals the technical side of flying, the history of Alaskan aviation, and a world that demands a close communion with extreme physical danger and emotional toughness.
Fiction

Cowboys of the Sky

The Story of Alaska's Bush Pilots

Author: Steven Levi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 159433286X

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

View: 9529

For more than 80 years, bush pilots have carried supplies, delivered mail, and transported emergency personnel over Alaska's rugged terrain. They've flown with felons handcuffed to the seat, with corpses strapped to the wing, and with drugged polar bears sleeping in the cargo compartment. Ever since aviation came to Alaska planes have been far more important than cars or truck to the residents of the far-flung bush communities. In Cowboys of the Sky: The Story of Alaska's Bush Pilots, humorist and historian Steven C. Levi takes you on a wild ride through the heyday of aviation in Alaska, from the golden years, before federal regulations curbed the more dangerous and outlandish flying practices, all the way to the present. Through photographs and anecdotes, you'll meet brave and colorful pilots, the true cowboys of the sky who carved the face of America's Last Frontier.
Fiction

14 Days to Alaska

Two Brothers in a 57-Year-Old Airplane Fly the Ultimate Cross Country Flight Training Adventure

Author: Troy Hamon

Publisher: Publication Consultants

ISBN: 1594332908

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 1779

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.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Going Places

A Reader's Guide to Travel Narratives

Author: Robert Burgin

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598849727

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 572

View: 7468

Successfully navigate the rich world of travel narratives and identify fiction and nonfiction read-alikes with this detailed and expertly constructed guide.
History

Unruly Places

Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies

Author: Alastair Bonnett

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 054410157X

Category: History

Page: 270

View: 3016

Illustrated with original maps and drawings, this stunning exploration of the world's hidden geographies reveals the moving villages, secret cities and no man's lands that will inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers and armchair travelers. 25,000 first printing.
History

Given Up for Dead

America's Heroic Stand at Wake Island

Author: Bill Sloan

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0307418081

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 5755

A gripping narrative of unprecedented valor and personal courage, here is the story of the first American battle of World War II: the battle for Wake Island. Based on firsthand accounts from long-lost survivors who have emerged to tell about it, this stirring tale of the “Alamo of the Pacific” will reverberate for generations to come. On December 8, 1941, just five hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese planes attacked a remote U.S. outpost in the westernmost reaches of the Pacific. It was the beginning of an incredible sixteen-day fight for Wake Island, a tiny but strategically valuable dot in the ocean. Unprepared for the stunning assault, the small battalion was dangerously outnumbered and outgunned. But they compensated with a surplus of bravery and perseverance, waging an extraordinary battle against all odds. When it was over, a few hundred American Marines, sailors, and soldiers, along with a small army of heroic civilian laborers, had repulsed enemy forces several thousand strong––but it was still not enough. Among the Marines was twenty-year-old PFC Wiley Sloman. By Christmas Day, he lay semiconscious in the sand, struck by enemy fire. Another day would pass before he was found—stripped of his rifle and his uniform. Shocked to realize he hadn’t awakened to victory, Sloman wondered: Had he been given up for dead—and had the Marines simply given up? In this riveting account, veteran journalist Bill Sloan re-creates this history-making battle, the crushing surrender, and the stories of the uncommonly gutsy men who fought it. From the civilians who served as gunmen, medics, and even preachers, to the daily grind of life on an isolated island—literally at the ends of the earth—to the agony of POW camps, here we meet our heroes and confront the enemy face-to-face, bayonet to bayonet. From the Hardcover edition.
Transportation

The Alaska Bush Pilot Chronicles

More Adventures and Misadventures from the Big Empty

Author: Mort D. Mason

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 9780760334331

Category: Transportation

Page: 320

View: 5896

More wildly entertaining tales of flying a bush plane in America's final frontier, from the author of Flying the Alaska Wild.
Technology & Engineering

Air Navigation

Author: United States Air Force

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781410222466

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 432

View: 7872

This book provides information on all phases of air navigation. It is a source of reference for navigators and navigator students. This text explains how to measure, chart the earth, and use flight instruments to solve basic navigation problems. It also contains data pertaining to flight publications, mission planning, in-flight procedures, and low-level navigation. A glossary of references and supporting information used in this publication is at Attachment 1; mathematical formulas to use as an aid in preflight and in-flight computations are at Attachment 2; chart and navigation symbols are at Attachment 3; and a subject index is at Attachment 4. Contents: Maps and Charts Mission Planning Basic Instruments Dead Reckoning (DR) Radio Aid Fixing Map Reading Radar Navigation Celestial Concepts Computing Altitude and True Azimuth Celestial Precomputation Plotting and Interpreting the Celestial Line of Position Special Celestial Techniques Sextants and Errors of Observation Grid Navigation Pressure Pattern Navigation Navigation Systems Low-Level Navigation Aerial Delivery Air Refueling Attachments

Story Maps

TV DRAMA: the Structure of the One-Hour Television Pilot

Author: Daniel Calvisi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780983626688

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 7782

Story Analyst Daniel Calvisi brings his Story Map screenwriting method to television as he breaks down the structure of the TV pilot, citing case studies from ground-breaking hit television shows like GAME OF THRONES, THE WALKING DEAD, TRUE DETECTIVE, SCANDAL, MAD MEN, BREAKING BAD and HOUSE OF CARDS. Story Maps: TV Drama offers the first Beat Sheet for TV shows for screenwriters.This is the structural template for TV pilot scripts that aspiring and professional TV writers have been looking for. TV pilot screenplays and TV drama scripts follow a detailed structure template that is defined in this book in a clear, step-by-step manner. How to write a TV pilot has never been easier. Story Maps: TV Drama also offers definitions of the key terms and formats used in the television industry in Hollywood, citing examples from many current series. This is a great crash course in the format, structure, industry standards and writing methods of Hollywood TV pilot scriptwriters. A TV script can present a difficult challenge for a screenwriter who is used to feature screenplay format and structure, but "Story Maps: TV Drama: The Structure of the One-Hour Television Pilot" offers an easy-to-follow, practical method to write a pilot that adheres to Hollywood standards.
Transportation

The Killing Zone, Second Edition

How & Why Pilots Die

Author: Paul Craig

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071798412

Category: Transportation

Page: 304

View: 5287

WARNING! Don't fly solo before you understand all the dangers of the killing zone. It could save your life! This survival guide for new pilots identifies the pitfalls waiting inside the killing zone, the period from 50 to 350 flight hours when they leave their instructors behind and fly as pilot in command for the first time. Although they're privately certified, many of these unseasoned aviators are unaware of the potential accidents that lie ahead while trying to build decision-making skills on their own -- many times falling victim to inexperience. Based on the first in-depth scientific study of pilot behavior and general aviation flying accidents in over 20 years, The Killing Zone, Second Edition offers practical advice to help identify the time frame in which you are most likely to die. Author and aviation specialist Paul Craig offers rare insights into the special risks new pilots face and includes updated preventive strategies for flying through the killing zone . . . alive: NEW to the Second Edition: Dealing with Glass Cockpits; GPS Moving Maps; Collision Avoidance Systems; including a new chapter on Available Safety versus Actual Safety Alerts you to the 12 mistakes likely to kill you Provides guidelines for avoiding, evading, diverting, correcting, and managing dangers Includes a "Pilot Personality Self-Assessment Exercise" for an individualized survival strategy
History

Iwo Jima: World War II Veterans Remember the Greatest Battle of the Pacific

Author: Larry Smith

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393285634

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 4234

“A vivid and compelling account by a true master of oral history.” —General James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.), Supreme Allied Commander, Europe On February 19, 1945, nearly 70,000 American marines invaded a tiny volcanic island in the Pacific. Over the next thirty-five days, approximately 28,000 combatants died, including nearly 22,000 Japanese and 6,821 Americans, making Iwo Jima one of the costliest battles of World War II. Bestselling author Larry Smith lets twenty-two veterans tell the story of this epic clash in their own words; the result is a “superb and fascinating work by one of our nation’s leading oral historians” (Jay Winik, author of April 1865). Iwo Jima includes accounts from the last surviving flag raiser on Mount Suribachi, a Navajo code talker, a retired general, two Medal of Honor recipients, and B-29 flyers. With numerous photographs and maps, Iwo Jima is a stunning history of an emblematic battle and a powerful, personal history of this greatest generation of marines.
Fighter pilots

One in a Thousand

The Life and Death of Captain Eddie McKay, Royal Flying Corps

Author: Graham Broad

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442607467

Category: Fighter pilots

Page: 208

View: 7575

This short microhistory details the life and death of Eddie McKay, a varsity athlete at Western University, who flew with the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War. Graham Broad switches creatively from telling McKay's fascinating story to teaching valuable lessons on how to do history: why the past matters, why historians take different approaches, how to pose historical questions, how to identify relevant source materials, and the importance of thoughtful, intelligent, and respectful treatment of historical subjects. The book includes a timeline of the subject's life, a map of relevant combat areas in the Battle of the Somme, and nine illustrations. It concludes with four unsolved events in McKay's life: a mysterious woman, a strange advertisement for batteries, an empty envelope, and an unknown grave--demonstrating that even a detailed history about one person's life is never really complete.
Biography & Autobiography

Not Dead & Not for Sale

A Memoir

Author: Scott Weiland

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439199973

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 5651

In the early 1990s, Stone Temple Pilots—not U2, not Nirvana, not Pearl Jam— was the hottest band in the world. STP toppled such mega-bands as Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses on MTV and the Billboard charts. Lead singer Scott Weiland became an iconic front man in the tradition of Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and Robert Plant. Then, when STP imploded, it was Weiland who emerged as the emblem of rock star excess, with his well-publicized drug busts and trips to rehab. Weiland has since made a series of stunning comebacks, fronting the supergroup Velvet Revolver, releasing solo work, and, most recently, reuniting with Stone Temple Pilots. He still struggles with the bottle, but he has prevailed as a loving, dedicated father, as well as a business-savvy artist whose well of creativity is far from empty. These earthling papers explore Weiland’s early years as an altar boy right along with his first experiences with sex and drugs. Weiland discusses his complex relationships with his parents, stepfather, siblings, and the love of his life, Mary Forsberg Weiland. Readers learn the fascinating stories behind his most well-known songs and what it was like to be there at the beginning of the grunge phenomenon, as Rolling Stone proclaimed on its cover: “the year punk broke.” Not Dead & Not for Sale is a hard rock memoir to be reckoned with—a passionate, insightful, and at times humorous book that reads with extraordinary narrative force.
Fiction

A Tale for the Time Being

A Novel

Author: Ruth Ozeki

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101606258

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 5355

A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki—shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award “A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.” In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.
Technology & Engineering

Flying Cold

The Adventures of Russel Merrill, Pioneer Alaskan Aviator

Author: Robert Merrill MacLean,Sean Rossiter

Publisher: Epicenter Press

ISBN: 9780945397335

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 178

View: 8461

Chronicles Russel Merrill's daring 750-mile journey across the Gulf of Alaska in a flying boat with a single motor, his first rescue mission by air, crash-landings, and strandings.
Young Adult Fiction

The Hollow Girl

Author: Hillary Monahan

Publisher: Delacorte Press

ISBN: 1524701874

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 272

View: 4165

For fans of Asylum, Anna Dressed in Blood, and The Haunting of Sunshine Girl comes a new feminist horror novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Mary: The Summoning. Five boys attacked her. Now they must repay her with their blood and flesh. Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered and modest, as required by Roma custom, except for one thing: Silas, the son of the chieftain, has been secretly harassing her. One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels from the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. “There is always a price for this kind of magic,” Drina warns. The way to save him is gruesome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers. She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn. “Hits the horrifying notes: dread and darkness and grisly ends, yet somehow still feels full of heart…I couldn’t tear my eyes away.” —Kendare Blake, NYT bestselling author of THREE DARK CROWNS “A richly woven tapestry of magic, betrayal, and revenge told by a strong, spirited heroine who won my heart, broke it to pieces, and then healed it anew. Brava!” —Dawn Kurtagich, award-winning author of The Dead House "A cathartic revenge fantasy...Quentin Tarantino-style." —Kirkus Reviews "An eerie, unsettling novel that will linger long with readers." —Booklist "Dark, intense, and full of magic." —VOYA
Young Adult Fiction

Beasts Made of Night

Author: Tochi Onyebuchi

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0448493926

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 336

View: 5654

iBooks Most Anticipated YA Books of the Fall io9’s All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Keep On Your Radar This Fall BuzzFeed’s 22 YA Novels You’ll Want To Read From Cover To Cover This Fall A 2017 BookExpo Buzz Book A Junior Library Guild Selection "...Unforgettable in its darkness, inequality, and magic." —VOYA, Starred Review "...A paean to an emerging black legend."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review Debut author Tochi Onyebuchi delivers an unforgettable fantasy adventure that powerfully explores the true meaning of justice and guilt. Packed with dark magic and thrilling action, Beasts Made of Night is a gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy perfect for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi and Nnedi Okorafor. In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts—lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family. When Taj is called to eat a sin of a member of the royal family, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves—and his own life.
Young Adult Fiction

The Possible

Author: Tara Altebrando

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1619638061

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 304

View: 7883

Another twisty psychological suspense from the author of The Leaving, where a teen searches for answers about her mother's dark history, telekinesis, and the power of will. What if . . . a teenage girl could move objects with her mind? What if . . . someone turns up at her door asking questions she doesn't want to answer? Kaylee lives a normal life with her adoptive parents, and almost never thinks of her birth mother, Crystal, who is serving a life sentence in prison. But the woman at the front door is producing a podcast about Crystal that is about to blow Kaylee's forgotten past wide open. What if strange things have been happening Kaylee's entire life, things she could not explain? What if she's more like her mother than she ever imagined? What if the podcast is about to put her on a collision course with Crystal-and her darkest self? This gripping psychological thriller from the author of The Leaving explores the strength of our minds, the power of will, and how our histories define us . . . or not.