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Hauling Checks

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I'm a cargo pilot. In the industry, I'm known as a "Freight Dog." I fly canceled checks and other types of high-value cargo around the country, mostly at night, in airplanes that are older than I am. Flying freight-or "work" as we call it-in small, twin-engine aircraft is a lesser known side of the aviation world. Our day starts when banker's hours end. Thousands of flight ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published November 12th 2009 by Createspace (first published 2009)
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Fran
Dec 22, 2009 Fran rated it it was amazing
Fly the Unfriendly Skies,

“Hauling Checks” by Alex Stone is a humorous, yet very enlightening novel that brings to light a profession that so many people have probably never heard of, or would ever be brave enough to try. The occupation of Freight Dogs is unique and dangerous. Flying small airplanes in storms, fog, lightning, ice, and snow; Freight Dogs transport their cargo wherever and whenever, no matter what the conditions may be. This interesting and humorous novel kept my attention from the
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Eric_W
Jan 28, 2010 Eric_W rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, technology
This is not literature. It's a silly novel. But if you like airplanes and a good laugh, read it.

Told in the first-person by a pilot working for Checkflight, an air transport company hauling canceled checks around the country. Before the days of digital transmission, checks and other important banking documents had to be transported around the country by small planes, and they had to operate on a tight schedule, meeting couriers at each stop, in all kinds of conditions. These operations were ofte
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RYCJ
Jan 11, 2010 RYCJ rated it it was amazing
The best parts of this quick amusing read was the pilot's conversations with the chief, and his wit and ability handling planes under any conditions, often to include going co-pilot-less, despite a lukewarm body being seated (sometimes "nut strap" harnessed) in the co-pilot's seat. I couldn't help but to keep thinking that this man (the pilot) needs to fly for major commercial airlines, where his service would be appreciated. This made the ending most rewarding to hear what became of his career. ...more
Trish
Mar 31, 2016 Trish rated it liked it
I admit it, I have absolutely no recollection of how or when I got this book! That said, it's written with sharp, dark humour, and I really hope its fiction.
Alex Stone
Jan 09, 2010 Alex Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Everyone
Reviews from Amazon:

Freight Doggin,
Hilarious book that opens your eyes to the fringes of aviation. Colorful characters and plenty of high jinx will keep you turning the pages quickly. If you have ever even though of being a pilot this is a must read! I can only hope that the author will come out with more novels. - Amazon.com reviewer

Oh, the memories!,
I saw the cover of this book and knew I had to read it. I used to fly checks back in the day and this book brings back some good memories! This bo
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Ziaria
Feb 19, 2010 Ziaria rated it really liked it
This is a comedy about flying checks from bank to bank at night and by comedy I mean every crazy, hair brained stunt you could think of, is done in this book and more. The pilot in the story seems to be an okay guy but the company he works for is as crazy and dirty as they come. The book chronicle some of the pilots adventures working for this company. I'm serious it's a good thing you know it's fiction or this book would go from funny and relaxing to downright freaky lol.
It read a lot like a me
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Rene
Feb 11, 2010 Rene rated it liked it
I read this book in one sitting. It's about a Pilot who works for a small airline that carries cancelled checks to the Federal Reserve in the middle of the night. I used to work for one of these airlines and some of the stuff in this book made me laugh out loud in comparison! If you aren't a pilot or someone who has worked for an airline I don't really see you appreciating this book.

Can't wait for Alex to put out a new book about his job at a "Major" airline because I now also work for one and
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Rob Springall
Feb 16, 2013 Rob Springall rated it really liked it
A fun novel, easy to read in just a sitting or two. Best if you have interest in flying or the absurdity of working in an environment full of characters, if not competence.
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Alex Stone grew up in Munster, Indiana. He's been flying since age fourteen and received a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Science from Western Michigan University. He has worked as a flight instructor and has been a "Freight Dog" in the air cargo industry for four years. Hauling Checks is his first novel.
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