Backcountry pilot delivers mail to remote Idaho residents

That was the headline that caught my eye in a recent issue of American Profile magazine. Almost every week since 1975, pilot Ray Arnold has been the only connection between civilization and central Idaho’s vast Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness area, flying a three-hour route with everything from letters, bills, and catalogs to animals and appliances.

This remote mail route is the only aerial wilderness route in the contiguous United States. With fiscal challenges, the U.S. Postal Service may not renew Arnold’s contract when it comes due in June, 2013, but in the mean time, it’s a great story for the Connection Spotlight.

For the full story: http://americanprofile.com/articles/pilot-delivers-us-airmail-to-remote-idaho/.

Editor’s note: the pictured airplane is not Ray Arnold’s plane. To see pictures of his plane, go to the full story on American Profile’s website.

Photo credit: “Alaska Floatplane on Lake Hood” by Karen Gentry via BigStockPhoto
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