This is a long-awaited book about flying the Alaska Bush by the author of Beyond the Killing Tree: A Journey of Discovery. Herein Stephen Santiago Reynolds relates his flying experiences as an Alaska Wildlife Trooper—and those of other officers—while stationed throughout one of the most dangerous environments in the world. Whether tragic, humorous, or surrounding the simple beauty of flight, there is something that jumps out in many of these chapters—how not to fly or abuse the privilege of flying. If you are a pilot, you might see some familiar forms—or, better yet, you might think you are looking into a mirror. “If you learn how to improve your own safety record from one or more of these events, then this effort will have been worthwhile,” says the author, “for you, for your friends and families, and for me.”
About the Author
Stephen Santiago Reynolds, a commercial pilot, was born in California in 1937 and moved to New Mexico at a young age. His law enforcement career began in 1957 for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Territory of Alaska. He was a wildlife officer in New Mexico from 1959 to 1969, and an Alaska State Trooper, specializing in wildlife law enforcement, from 1969 until his retirement in 1987. He is a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, the Alaska State Trooper Academy, and the FBI National Academy. He is a columnist for the Siskiyou Daily News and International Game Warden magazine, and his previous book, Beyond the Killing Tree, was published by Epicenter Press, Seattle, in 1995. He now lives in northern California with his wife, Judy Raymond Reynolds.