This is a second-hand copy of Flying on the Edge: Confessions of an AG Pilot by Bernie Haskell.
Condition: this is a used book in fair condition. It has a bit of shelf wear which is beginning to show, especially with the laminated around the edges of the cover. With that said the spine and pages are all intact. It is probably signed by the author but without knowing other examples of the author's signature it is difficult to confirm. See product image.
In this unique book, the author colourfully describes the danger, precision, and sheer ability required to survive as an agricultural pilot; a story that makes the reader acutely aware of flying on the edge.
Whether you are involved in aviation or just enjoy adventure yarns you will be enthralled with the daring pranks and humorous exploits of this legendary top dressing pilot. One moment the reader will be laughing at the antics and then sympathising at the loss of life and financial ruin.
I remember the first time I met the author at the New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays in the 1980s when he was flying his spectacular routine at the opening ceremony. The Australian Minister of Defence commented that the pilot skill reminded him of the RAF pilots in the Battle of Britain during the Second World War. That victory changed the course of the war and in many ways a parallel can be drawn with the guts and determination of Ag Pilots who changed the viability of marginal hill country farms in New Zealand.
This outstanding book is a startling insight into the macabre humour and excitement of the ag industry.
Bernard lives on a lifestyle block near the Hamilton airport with his wife Liz. His two sons are both international airline pilots —the legend lives on.
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