In a state with few roads, airplanes take on an important role as basic transportation. Getting supplies to your “cabin in the woods” often means loading them into the plane, instead of tossing them in the back of a pick-up. But what about those bulky items that don’t fit inside?
I recently received an email from my next door neighbor with the subject line, “If only I had a Beaver…” Attached was a photo story that documented in pictures the steps he took to accomplish the simple task of building and hauling a screen door to his families cabin, on a lake about 70 miles west of Fairbanks. Getting it attached to the outside of the airplane was a good part of the challenge.
Carrying external loads takes some time, training, patience, and (at least in Alaska) paperwork from the FAA. But it is often the only way to haul those bulky items that don’t fit inside. Canoes, moose antlers, and lumber are a few of the things that you may find strapped on the outside of a float plane, heading to a remote cabin or hunting camp. Even if you do have a Beaver in your fleet!