Spring Flying Begins in the Far North – Airplanes

June 2, 2006 by  
Filed under Features

I live at a latitude that’s north of 60 degrees. Winter held its grip on us even longer this year than usual. It’s only been in the last few weeks that the ice has melted on the lakes. Several times a day now I watch float planes pass overhead. Many of them are seasoned bush pilots who make a hard living hauling people and supplies into and out of various camps. Others are simply pilots who live for those moments of flying.

But all of us are excited to get back in the air again. Planes that were on skis all winter can get their wheels back on. Engine and cockpit heaters can go into storage. While it’s true that flying beneath the Northern Lights is a spectacular experience, being able to feel your fingers while they’re on the controls is a good thing, too.

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