bush pilot


: a pilot who flies a small plane into remote areas

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So to be told there were two more hours in a horrifyingly small Cessna and there wouldn’t even be much to see aside from the occasional side-eye at my handsome bush pilot? Todd Plummer, Vogue, 20 Jan. 2023 Duke Marolf, a 38-year-old marine welder and bush pilot in Seward, Alaska, also heard the Yeti tales. John Clarke, WSJ, 2 Dec. 2022 Joshua Seagrave, 46, moved to Palmer with his partner, Jen, in January to start a new career as a bush pilot, friends and family said last month. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Dec. 2022 Just down the beach, another setnet site was worked by the family of bush pilot Jay Hammond, who later would be a two-term Alaska governor from 1974 to 1982, during the start of the oil pipeline boom. Anchorage Daily News, 28 Aug. 2022 Building solid characters from mere scraps of information (Faye was once a bush pilot, Lito a musician), the two leads embrace a screenplay (by the director) filled with long silences and searching close-ups. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 There’s also a touch-and-go bush pilot demonstration where the plane lands right next to the riverboat. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2022 Other recurring characters include Active’s deputy chief Danny Kavik, who is starting to get his own subplot going, and bush pilot Cowboy Decker, who could easily be spun off into his own action series — looking at you, Stan Jones. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Jan. 2022 Burnett spent some time as a carpenter in the Lower 48 before returning to Alaska as a bush pilot. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bush pilot was in 1936

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“Bush pilot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bush%20pilot. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

bush pilot

: a pilot who flies a small plane over remote or lightly settled country where commercial airlines do not go

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