Saturday, 28 November 2009

Bush pilot leaves legacy of determination

Bush pilot leaves legacy of determination

Elizabeth McMillan
Northern News Services
Published Friday, November 27, 2009


SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Jim McAvoy flew planes in a time before satellite phones and GPS systems, before stringent aviation regulations and cargo limits, when paycheques were often dependent on the same gamble that prospectors and fishermen relied on - the balance of weather, luck and determination.

NNSL photo/graphic

Jim McAvoy greets a young Dene boy in Fort Reliance in 1991 while flying a Single Otter plane for Air Tindi. The long-time aviator died last week at the age of 79. - Photo courtesy of Air Tindi

McAvoy died at his home outside of Thorsby, Alta. on Nov. 21. He was 79.

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