|Posted by EAA 790 Webmaster on March 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM|
By Nancy Blazyk
Brad DeLisle is back in the "lower 48" for a visit after starting a new career as a bush pilot for ERA Alaska. You may know of this company, it is featured on the Discovery Channel program Flying Wild Alaska.
Brad recently checked out in the right seat of a Caravan based in Aniak, Alaska. Aniak, a tiny village of about 550 people, is located 400 miles northwest of Anchorage.
The cold has snapped his credit card (literally) and makes preheating the aircraft a project, because they are NOT kept in hangars in Aniak. Brad says he has never worked as hard as he is loading, unloading and reconfiguring the airplane for passengers. He calls it “turn and burn” with a laugh. He works 14-hour days and a shift is 15 days on and 15 days off. Brad says it’s all worth it though, and he’s looking forward to returning after some much needed rest.