I have to chuckle a little bit when guys get defensive about calling modern day pilots "bush pilots".
"There are no bush pilots left". "That era ended 20, or 30, 40, or 50 years ago..."
"Real bush pilots flew with a whiskey compass and a map drawn on a caribou hide..."
So if one was to pull all instrumentation from his plane sans the whiskey compass (which he serviced from the same shot glass he had with breakfast) and never picked up a map other than one he drew, can he be a bush pilot?
There's a certain romanticism involved in all this.
We do have tremendous advantages over the first generation of north country pilots, but I know Noel would have loved to been able to hit "direct..enter".
I think if a guy spends his life traipsing around the wilds of Alaska in a light airplane, dealing with the elements and all the decision making involved with it should not be slighted if referred to as a bush pilot nor should he receive rebuke for receiving such a title.
It's a good bunch of folks on this forum, just thought I'd throw that out as I enjoy my morning coffee.
I'll be flying to Baton Rouge later today at FL320...not bush flying.