Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
34 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD Wednesday, May 9. 1973 pilot casually of towards development onquerors of Canada's frozen north passing into history r.v r.oKOFJis YurU Times Service N.V.'.T. The traditional Canadian pilot, a daring and stubbornly self-reliant hero in the Conquest OL the frozen north, has became largely a figure of history. Like the dogsled and the igloo, the old style aviator for raw instinct and exper- ience were the basic flying sids, has become a casualty of the rush toward development. In the fast-paced search for gas and oil, there are probably more pilots flying in the Arctic now than ever before, but they are a very different breod. "Those old days are over, no cniestion.'' said Robert P. En- gle. an executive who started flying here in the 1950's, when pilots routinely had to determine their location by an- alyzing shaded contrasts of snow, and to guess from the color of a frozen lake whether the ice was strong enough for a landing. "This new generation is de- pendent on navigational said Engle. don't look out the window very much, the way we did." Because he used to flv with maps that had big blank spaces v here the land was unknown, the traditional Arctic bush pilot had to depend on a rough sketch of landmarks provided by someone like an Eskimo hunter who had padded over the ice in muk-luks. and almost all his landings were on skis or floats, depending on th-3 season. Now the government has chartered every inch of the land, completing the maps, and the oil boom has brought the construction of two dozen hard- surface runways ranging up to- ward the North Pole. The most recent blow to the tradition came last month with thj promulgation Ot- tawa of a strict new set of re- gulations covering small corn- msrckil planes. The rules, which raised the standards for training and equipment as well as operation, were generally welcomed by large established operators here, but some of the men who run one-airplane out- fits are worri'id. "I know the north and I can fly it as well as anyone, but I cannot afford to meet the new training requirements, and I don't know what I'll com- plained the owner of a single- engine plane which he flies on short supply runs in the wilder- ness north of here. The ministry of transport's dec's.'cri to tighten the rules fol- lowed by only a months the widely publicized crash of a bush pilot named Marten Hartwell during a mercy mis- sion, Kartwell had bsen bound for Yellowknife from an Arctic is- land 500 miles north of here, carrying a nurse and two Es- kimos who were thought to be seriously ill. All three passen- gers ultimately died, but the pilot was rescued after a month long air search that cost the government more than million. The most spectacular aspect of the incident, and the reason for much of the publicity, was Hartwell's admission that he had kept himself alive during his month in the wilderness by eating the flesh of one of his dead passengers. But from the point of view of some pilots here, the basic effect has been "to put tha bush pilot in a bad light" as one of them expressed it. because Hartwell had under- taken a flight that was beyond his competence. "Hartwell didn't have an in- strument rating, so now every- body wants their pilot to an instrument said Fred Carmichael, who runs an air service out of Imivik. "But they're missing the point. A kid with a couple of hundred hours can think he's the ticket just because he's instrument rated, but he's still nothing against a man with years of experience in the territories." 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