Ladies and gentlemen, from the flight deck this is your Captain speaking!
Welcome aboard The Last Bush Pilots, a new fiction novel inspired by my adventures flying the Alaska bush out of JNU (Juneau, AK.) Publication target date is early 2013, though I am hoping for an early release to help stuff your stockings for Christmas!
Feel free to explore this short n simple site, and don’t miss the Book Trailer, Dedication, and Prologue/Sample excerpts from the novel!
As a Captain for a major airline with over 30 years’ flying experience—including a stint flying the Southeast Alaska bush—and a lifetime passion for writing, I weave this experience into my second novel.
The Last Bush Pilots follows two young pilots, Daniel “DC” Alva and Allen David Foley, as they pursue their dream of an airline career. To jumpstart their fledgeling careers, they take on the world’s most dangerous flying: the Alaska bush. But if Mother Nature doesn’t beat them, their friendship may.
Several subplots weave through the story, such as DC and Allen’s forced competition for their flying job. . . and for the heart of sexy, mischievous Native Alaskan Tonya Hunter.
Several other quirky and colorful characters also grace the pages: Dusty Tucker, the laid-back Texan that traded a lucrative, cushy airline career for a life of freedom in the Alaska skies; Jake “Crash Whitakker,” the swaggering, picture-perfect bush pilot and ladies’ man; and Jake’s anti-hero comrade, ex-hippie Ralph Olafsen, the bespectacled practical jokester.
Other characters include Holly Shannon Innes, the straight-laced, no-nonsense pilot trying to cut out a respectable corner in the notoriously macho world of bush piloting . . . while running from a dangerous past. Equally rigid Frederic Bruner, the draconian FAA Inspector that threatens to shut down flight operations at the drop of a cargo netting pin, serve as one of the nemesis of the novel.
But Top Billing for arch villain goes to Alaska herself. Mother Nature’s notoriously fickle weather threatens to swat the two inexperienced “greenhorns”—and old-timers alike—from the sky at any moment.
While the book, characters and situations are all fictional, again, they are inspired by my very real experiences flying for Wings of Alaska, a wonderful seaplane operation out of JNU (Juneau, AK.) Many of the colorful characters, hair-raising flights and zany events in The Last Bush Pilots were inspired by true events.
For example, toward the end of the novel, Crash Whitakker and Ralph Olafsen hijack and save a load of bear cubs destined for euthanization, and exact Divine revenge on the poacher that killed their mother. This fictional event comes from the true experience I had flying three black bear cubs from Haines to Juneau after – you guessed it – a poacher killed their mother for a trophy . . . her claws! (Note: unlike in the novel, the “real” cubs did indeed find homes in zoos on the “Outside”—that is, in the Lower 48 states!)
So now, I invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight . . .
Or should I say…sit down, strap in, and HANG ON!!!
Eric “Cap’n Aux” Auxier
October 3, 2012
PS: Don’t forget to visit my popular airline blog, “ADVENTURES OF CAP’N AUX” at capnaux.blogspot.com!