A Piece of Yukon History touches down in Whitehorse
Yukon News, May 1, 2015
Seventy years old and still roaring like the day it was built, a Second World War era DC-3 rattled into Whitehorse, the drone from the twin props announcing its arrival.
In a different era this would have been an everyday sight, but those who watched a commemorative landing on Wednesday afternoon saw a unique glimpse of the territory’s transportation history.
Dwayne King, a veteran bush pilot from Alaska with 49 years in the air under his belt, is leading a crew that is flying a vintage DC-3 from Florida to Siberia...
North to Alaska
Flying with Bush Pilots Above the Arctic Circle
AOPA Flight Training, May 2013
By Kathy Dondzila
“I’m crossing the river,” radioed the Kingdom Air Corps pilot flying a Cessna 182. He had departed Fairbanks a half hour before us, where our six airplanes—a Cessna 206, the Skylane, two Skyhawks, a Cessna 150, and a 152—flying together on our way north from King Ranch (AK59), had stopped for fuel. An Aeronca Champ and a Taylorcraft were already at our destination, and a Piper Aztec would fly up in a couple of days. We were headed north, way north—60 miles beyond the Arctic Circle...
At Home in the Kingdom
AOPA Pilot, February 2013
By Kathy Dondzila
The deep growl of the Cessna Stationair’s Continental IO-520 engine resonated in the afternoon air. Some of the village folks who had come to say goodbye covered their ears as it roared down the runway; most of the kids grinned at its deafening departure. Dwayne King, founder of Kingdom Air Corps, had the heavy hauler in the air less than halfway down the runway, and wagged its wings at the waving crowd below. He would miss the teens he had just flown home to Anaktuvuk Pass (AKP) from a week of camp in the Brooks Range. They watched until the Cessna’s rumble faded as the airplane followed the John River around Kollutuk Mountain on its way back to Brooks Range Bible Camp, Kingdom Air Corps’ aviation-themed youth camp...
Resuming the Journey
A series of articles on a pilot's return to flight.
Aopa.org, March-August 2012
by Kathy Dondzila
A journey that began with backcountry flights in Alaska took twists and turns for one woman to become a pilot, only to have to put those dreams aside as life events interfered. Now, an opportunity to return to Alaska for some summer flights has once again ignited the desire to get back in the left seat. Kathy Dondzila, manager of technical communications for AOPA’s Pilot Information Center, recounts the path that led her back into the air...