40 Years of Flying: Family-Owned Soloy Helicopters

40 Years of Flying: Family-Owned Soloy Helicopters

The Soloys are an Alaska flying family, with three generations of helicopter and airplane pilots in the family tree. For the past forty years, Chris Soloy has put that expertise to work in the family business, Soloy Helicopters, a Wasilla-based helicopter services company serving many different industries across Alaska.

Alaska Pilots Face Invisible, Potentially Deadly Threat

Alaska Pilots Face Invisible, Potentially Deadly Threat

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is a byproduct of internal combustion engines. Many internal combustion engine airplanes are heated by air that has been warmed by circulating air around the exhaust system using a heater shroud. A defect or leak in the exhaust pipes or muffler can introduce carbon monoxide into the cockpit. Continued exposure increases risks to aviators, including impaired judgement, oxygen starvation, loss of control, and eventually incapacitation and death.