bush pilot


Definition of bush pilot

: a pilot who flies a small plane into remote areas

Examples of bush pilot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In August, bush pilot Kirk Johnson flies Acacia and me over McNeil Falls in a single-engine aircraft. Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "Alaska is the best place to see wild bears. A new mine could change that.," 14 Jan. 2020 The bathtubs were destined for a new lodge under construction in Kotzebue for bush pilot Sam Shafsky, who also flew for Alaska Airlines. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "The 1946 sourdough bathtub controversy and changing times in Alaska," 24 Feb. 2020 And in Alaska, a bush pilot hops in his seaplane to hunt down samples of the colossus, known to some as an enormous 4,000-pound floating head. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "How a bizarre, monster fish hoodwinked researchers and reeled in a wave of citizen scientists," 22 Feb. 2020 In the past few years the town of Pedro Bay, which would have to consent to such a corridor, has decisively turned against the project, says Jerry Jacques, a bear-viewing company owner and bush pilot who was based in the town for many years. Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "The risky plan to haul minerals from a mine in the Alaska wilderness," 14 Jan. 2020 Molly Mabray is a resourceful 10-year-old who lives in the fictional Alaska village of Qyah with her mom, a bush pilot, and her dad, a wilderness guide. Los Angeles Times, "How ‘Molly of Denali’ helps Native American children feel seen," 14 Oct. 2019 Its five private acres used to house just one small mountain shack used by famous Alaskan bush pilot Don Sheldon, who pioneered the technique of glacier landings on Denali back in the 1950s and 1960s. Ashley Mateo, Town & Country, "Explore the Last Frontier of Luxury Travel In the U.S.: Alaska," 23 Aug. 2019 If the remaining bush pilots who have delivered outsiders to these sites for decades retire without others filling their roles, there may one day be no realistic way of reaching many of them. Zach Montague, New York Times, "An Adirondack Wilderness All Your Own," 22 July 2019 The Piper Super Cub is a nimble favorite of Alaska bush pilots who land on and take off from gravel bars and mountaintops. Anchorage Daily News, "The dragonfly, Alaska’s state insect, is a nimble flying machine," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of bush pilot

1936, in the meaning defined above

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19 Apr 2020

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“Bush pilot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bush%20pilot. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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chiefly US : a pilot who flies a small airplane into areas that are hard to reach

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