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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Last Bush Pilots


ANNOUNCING THE NEW WEBSITE FOR MY NEW NOVEL

For starters, here's the 30-second trailer:


A PORTION OF ALL PROCEEDS FROM BOOK SALES WILL GO TO SUPPORT THE AMERICAN BALD EAGLE FOUNDATION AND THE ALASKA CONSERVATION FOUNDATION *
Ladies and gentlemen, from the flight blog, this is Cap'n Aux speaking.  I invite you to climb aboard the website for my new novel,  "The Last Bush Pilots," scheduled for publication in January 2013, but striving for an early release as a  stuffer for your Christmas stockings!  As with Code Name: Dodger, this novel will be available in print or eBook!

As always, please feel free to share this site, as well as the Book Trailer:
Also check out my new "CAP'NAUX" Vimeo video site at:

Feel free to explore this short n simple site, and don't miss the Dedication and Prologue to the novel, "A Crash in the Wilderness."  Future posts will include excerpts from the novel.


Working Cover for the eBook!

The Last Bush Pilots follows two young pilots, Daniel "DC" Alva and Allen David Foley.  To jumpstart their fledgeling airline 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 dashing, quintessential 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 aviatrix trying to cut out a respectable corner in the notoriously macho world of bush pilots . . . while escaping 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 antagonists of the novel.

But Top Billing for arch villain goes to Mother Nature Herself.  Alaska's notoriously fickle weather threatens to swat the pilots—"greenhorns" and "sourdoughs" alike—from the sky at any moment.

Can the two rookies survive Her long enough to launch their fledgeling airline careers?
While the book, characters and situations are all fictional, they are inspired by my very real experiences flying for a wonderful seaplane operation out of JNU.  Many of the colorful characters, hair-raising flights and zany "Tall Tales" in The Last Bush Pilots were inspired by true events.

For example, toward the end of the novel, Crash and Ralph hijack and save a planeload of bear cubs destined for euthanization, and exact Divine revenge on the poacher that killed the cubs' mother.  This fictional event comes from a 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!**

For those of you that enjoyed one of my most popular-ever Cap'n Aux posts, "The Sky Fell,"*** imagine an entire novel filled with such harrowing tales!
So now, I invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the LAST BUSH PILOTS website . . .
Or should I say...
Sit down, strap in, and HANG ON!!!
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*Ok, did promise my kids that I would take them out to dinner once a month on the royalties, LOL!

**Unlike in the novel, the "real" cubs did indeed find homes in zoos on the “Outside”—that is, in the Lower 48 states!  Oh, and, just so you know, bears stink like the dickens!!


***Just as in "The Sky Fell," THE LAST BUSH PILOT is dedicated to the memory of my wonderful friend and fellow bush pilot Steve Wilson.



Bush pilot Steve Wilson gassing up his trusty Luscomb for a little play time!



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 Posting 10/17 at 11:00Phx (18:00z):



A FUTURE PILOT INTERVIEWS CAP'N AUX

"...unlike most professions, if you lose your job for whatever reason, you start at the BOTTOM at the next airline.  This biz ain’t for the fainthearted!"

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 Posting 10/24 at 11:00Phx (18:00z):


SPECIAL MORBID HALLOWEEN EDITION!
THE DARWIN AWARDS—AVIATION STYLE!



". . . a father and son lawn mowing team at Tucumcari Airport took a plane up for a "spin" without a lick of training..."

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8 comments:

  1. Hey there Cappy........Wow.....looks like I'm ahead of schedule......lol......about 'commenting'............so don't give me any more grief.....KIDDING.....;))))

    You sure do keep busy.....and for us
    "Aviation Geeks".......we have more 'GOODIES'.......!!!
    The "Tease "Trailer" video.......has me......wanting more........Love the 'story line'.....based on your "Adventure's"....flying the Alaskan "Bush"...!!!
    Sounds like plenty of "Drama" to keep folks entertained....I don't know about you......but "Drama" is best served up.......... when it belongs....
    TO SOMEONE ELSE......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I have to say, as well......Rescuing precious baby bear cubs from certain death....tugs at my "♥strings"......Big time!!

    and, "Divine "Revenge" on the poacher that killed the cubs' mother...would include my size 9 shoe up his A__............SIDEWAYS....!!!

    I'm getting that "Warm and Fuzzy feeling" just thinking about it.......♥

    You took all these 'Beaut' pictures......??!!
    and the ones, on the "Cover" of the book...and Who the hell is that young
    'blond hair' "Greenhorn" on the cover.....LOLOL!!!
    ;)))))))
    Ready for some good reading....!!
    always enjoy your "writings"

    Don't keep us waiting too long.....You know how 'Impatient'.. us, Aviation geeks, can get...which are only 'topped off' by them damn 'Impatient' PILOTS.....LOL....;)))))))

    MissTWA
    PS.......I stole a couple of your pic'ies here.......esspecially the yellow
    "Future Pilots Rule"..!!!
    and the last pic.....

    and donating to the "American Bald Eagle" foundation....very nice gester.....!!!!

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    1. Haha thanks Miss T! Looking forward to having you read it!! Gotta admit I love the bear subplot too, LOL--very satisfying as you'll see!!

      Ya took most of the pics...gonna scan some in for the book as well!

      Thanks for donating!!

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    2. PS--Yes, I've always made a good subject for a "greenhorn pilot" pic LOL! (Now, WHAT kind of diapers should I be wearing again?!)

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  2. Oh, I see you've updated your slide show...!!!
    bout time.......LOL......

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    1. Haha well for some reason Flickr is only giving me the 1st page of my slide show scroll, so I just mix it up from time to time. Technical difficulties! Any suggestions?

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  3. Congrats on the new book! The trailer looks fantastic. I'm looking forward to getting a copy of my own. Good layover read:)

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    1. Thanks, APC!! I'm plowing thru the final version right now, but it takes a lot to scan, reformat, and polish all at once, lol! And I think it would make a good layover read!

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  4. It’s really great stuff overall, I am thankful to you for this. I am looking forward to another great article like this from your side………..

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