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Fiction
Date
Published:
4/25/2019
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500
Feet Above Alaska is the story of Peter Connors, a young man who moves to
Alaska in pursuit of his dream of becoming a commercial pilot. While the pilots
in Alaska are known for their superior airmanship, they are also famous for
their disregard of the rules that govern them. Determined to ultimately be an
airline pilot in “the lower forty-eight” Peter vows to walk the straight and
narrow. Yet, when Peter is the only pilot available to rescue a comrade who
crashed in the snow-covered tundra, he is forced to compromise the very ethics
that define him. Over time, Peter’s competence begins to overpower his regard
for the rules. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, Peter begins a downward spiral.
The life Peter had carefully constructed for himself is at odds with the “live
or die” flying of Alaska. Over the course of a year of doing battle with the
elements on a daily basis, armed only with his plane, his wits and his skill to
bring him home every night, Peter must decide whether it is more important to
embrace life or cheat death.
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About
the Author

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Robert
M. Brantner is currently working as both a captain and a line check airman for
a major US airline.  He started his
flying career as a bush pilot in Alaska, which later led to a job as a pilot
for Trans World Airlines.  He spent four
years with TWA before he landed his dream job, working for the airline he flies
for today.
Bob
was born in Southern California and attended high school there before heading
to Arizona for college.  After graduating
from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he moved to Alaska when he got his
first flying job as a bush pilot.  During
his time in Alaska, Bob first tried his hand at writing, penning a memoir on
his experiences flying Cessnas in the untamed Alaskan wilderness.                        
All throughout his flying
career, Bob continued to write.  He
penned several (unpublished) manuscripts.
It was after Bob’s completion of Claus: The Untold Story of Kris
Kringle, that he decided to work with his younger sister (and editor), Taylor
Brantner, on cleaning up the story until it was fit for publication.  After some success with Claus, Bob dug out
his previously edited (however, unpublished) manuscript of Five Hundred
Feet.  He teamed again with Taylor and
re-edited the material.
Bob is a certificated
Airline Transport Pilot and is type rated in the Beech 1900, Boeing 737, 757,
767, Airbus A320 and the DC-9.  He is
also a rated Flight Engineer.  He also holds
a commercial sea plane rating that he obtained in his time in Alaska.
Five
Hundred Feet Above Alaska is Bob’s third published book.  He wrote the afore mentioned Claus, as well
as My Year as an Alaskan Bush Pilot, a non-fiction account of some of his
experiences flying in “The Last Frontier.”
 Bob is married to Kelly Kaczka Brantner and
they have one daughter, Madison, and a dog, Fergus.  They live just outside of Annapolis,
Maryland.
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