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14 Days to Alaska: Two Brothers in a 57-Year-Old Airplane Fly the Ultimate Cross Country Flight Training Adventure Paperback – February 16, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Publication Consultants (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594332576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594332579
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Troy Hamon had spent years working as a field scientist in Southwest Alaska, often being dropped off in remote places by other pilots. Eventually, he decided he wanted to learn to fly himself. Finding no planes to rent in King Salmon, Alaska, he bought one of his own, sight unseen, rounded up an enthusiastic instructor and set off to learn. He recorded the journey, both the learning and the traveling, and has since continued to fly the venerable Piper Tri-Pacer N624A, using it to transport family, go moose and caribou hunting, and gain a grander perspective from which to enjoy the beauty of Alaska, the Last Frontier.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Z. Jacobson on October 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've been a pilot for nearly 16 years, and have read a lot of flying narratives, mainly in the vein of bush flying biographies, so I had a large foundation by which to compare this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hamon writes from the perspective of a modest student pilot, constantly explaining what he has just learned in a particular point in the story, which results in the successful disarming of the reader: You instantly connect with this guy and are returned to your days as a student, having your hand slapped by your instructor for removing it from the throttle on takeoff, or for failing to maintain a constant altitude. Hamon is rarely assuming in his knowledge, which allows him to report each and every detail of the fairly ambitious trip from the wide eyes of a child, in awe of the landscape and the experience and the roller coaster of culture encountered across the US and Canada. The reflection of time spent with his brother and their family's past adds a nice backdrop for their characters. I particularly enjoyed the details of being the new owner of a 60 year old airplane, something many of us have been through.

As a connoisseur of grass roots aviation narrative, I think Hamon is perfectly on target with the level of detail in his account of the flying, and let's face it: This book appeals mainly to pilots, so it has to be fairly accurate without being mundane, and has to avoid the generalizations that might be required for the layman, and yet everything is explained to just the right extent for the uninitiated. Hamon pulls it off well, and it's enjoyable to read.

Highly suggested read for any pilot who has dreamed of, or even already made the great voyage to Alaska, and enjoys reliving their early days as a pilot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Syd on September 20, 2012
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One of the things I love about books is that they can take you somewhere you'd not otherwise go. They can take you somewhere you'd not even want to go----and set the stage for you to enjoy it. 14 Days to Alaska did that for me. I've flown in jets, small planes, helicopters----even a glider. I am a white knuckler for take off, landing, and turbulence. But I could thoroughly enjoy the flight from Ohio to Alaska in 14 Days to Alaska.
The most delightful aspect of the adventure to me, a former teacher, was watching Troy develop into a pilot. He is open to learning, even enthusiastic about it. He is positive, honest, and genuine, the type of student teachers enjoy.
Troy's asides are a great source of comic relief from the tension that you find in the story during the flight:
"With this positive (-ly delusional . . .) frame of mind, I looked out the window. I didn't see evidence of massive frost layers like yesterday. So far, so good. We got our stuff together and headed down to breakfast again. As we stepped outside we found . . . frost. But this time the frost wasn't the thick white kind, it was a thin layer on top of solid ice. As if it was a little frost on top of freezing rain. Not what I had in mind."
And that's the personable way the story's told. Language flows along as if you were sitting somewhere listening to the adventure over coffee, relaxed, comfortable, hanging on interest-grabbing tales of the flight. When the story ends, you want more. You've met a new pilot, a character you won't forget, and one you hope to hear from again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Boyd on October 11, 2013
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Loved the progression of this pilot starting out in the lower 48 and finishing in Alaska. Really gave a sense of 'in the cockpit' as you read the story.
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By Charles on November 28, 2014
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A fascinating account of flying an underpowered Piper Tripacer to Alaska. The author accompanied by his brother, a flight instructor was learning to fly during the trip. A good read that brought back memories of flying the same underpowered type aircraft in hot desert air years ago. Fantastic pictures. Highly recommended. Very interesting narrative relating the authors experience.
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