Bush pilot

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Two Russian civilian helicopters visited Fairbanks Friday, a bit more than halfway through their round-the-world flight to test the helicopters’ performance in the subarctic. The stopover allowed one of the pilots to catch up with a veteran Alaskan bush pilot who was celebrating little-known role his grandfather played in Alaska aviation history.

Art Mortvedt

Updated: Alaskan pilot Art Mortvedt has returned to Fairbanks after a solo flight to the North Pole in the same single-engine aircraft that he flew to the South Pole in 1999. It was his third attempt to accomplish the mission, which Mortvedt says demonstrates how light aircraft can support scientific research.