Of all the ways in which Alaska's aviation and fishing industries have been associated over the years, the use of aircraft to spot fish for commercial fishing operators has by far been the most controversial...
Colleen Mondor moved to Fairbanks in 1992. She has degrees in aviation, history and northern studies and earned her pilot's license on the Florida coast when she was 18. Her graduate thesis for UAF was entitled “Just One More Dead Pilot: The Causes of Pilot Error Accidents Among Part 135 Air Taxis and Commuters”.
Her interest in Alaska’s commercial aviation accident history developed after working for years as lead dispatcher for a Fairbanks-based bush commuter where they flew everything from prisoners to sled dogs to snowmachines. In 2011 her memoir based on those years, "The Map of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska", was published.
She currently resides in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest and owns and operates an aircraft leasing business with her husband, a long time Alaskan pilot.