Second Wind

Published on July 8, 2014 by in Essays


When an unexpected medical issue grounded bush pilot Ross Nixon, he played it safe and left flying for another career. That didn’t last long though, as you’ll read in this eloquent essay about what happens when you stray from your passions … and what happens when you find your way back.

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“A Tremendous, Joyous Romp …”

Published on April 15, 2014 by in Misc.

Bethel Sunset

The life stories of oddball pilots often read like adventure novels. Like all good books, you don’t want them to end. In this short tribute, Ross Nixon remembers his friend Derrick Cedars.

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It Must Have Been the Fish

Published on July 31, 2013 by in Essays

Bethel Hold

Bouncing around in small airplanes for a living is not always as glamorous as it sounds. And yet, as Ross Nixon discovered one day after things got really ugly in the cockpit, the pleasant memories more than make up for the ones we’d just as soon forget.

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The Great Key Drop

Published on March 7, 2013 by in Essays

Rod Nixon

As Ross Nixon found out at an early age, sometimes the oddball flying jobs you don’t get paid for are the most rewarding!

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Published on December 13, 2012 by in Essays

Noatak Grand Canyon Fire

Fire season always brings lucrative work to air services in Alaska. When Ross Nixon headed to McGrath for his first season flying fire contracts, he had no idea how much he’d like the job … or what music had to do with it.

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