These pilots don’t hang out at 30,000 feet, they don’t carry hundreds of passengers and their startup procedures may only take a minute but there’s a case to be made that bush pilots carry out the purest form of flying. Usually having little in the way of avionics to help them out in poor weather conditions, they rely on their knowledge of the local geography and weather patterns to get the plane on the ground and deliver their precious cargos.
We head out to Idaho for the first post in our series sharing bush flying videos from around the world.
A skipping stone approach
Flying into Wilson Bar strip (ID76), Matt follows a white knuckle approach just a few feet over river rapids with no visual on the runway until the very last second. Not for the faint of heart! Matt explains the intricacies of this approach:
“Wilson Bar is a wonderful short airstrip right off the Salmon River. Land down-stream (Rwy 24) and takeoff upstream (Rwy 06)[…] Hazards include; no go around (-JS emphasis), small rocks on Rwy 06 end, trees, rising terrain, density altitude, and canyon / mountain weather. Please proceed with caution and make sure the weather is on your side. Also, make sure your piloting skills are top notch prior to landing.”