Paul Tomascik

Paul Tomascik is a commercial pilot who makes his home in
Ottawa Canada. His aviation career was built on remote
sensing in the natural resource sector. Currently, he has
his own consulting practice ( He
also writes and illustrates fictional and true aviation
adventure stories and has regularly contributed his work for

Dirty Hands and Broken Backs

It started with a puff of smoke.  The port engine was failing.  The pilot noticed its oil pressure dropping, temperature rising and rpm fluctuating.   The engine was in danger of destroying itself and taking the aircraft down with it; the plane rolled violently to the left. It was a textbook…

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Pilot Down

Paul V. Tomascik is one of our new contributors and debuts with a wonderful fiction story; Pilot Down.

Twenty minutes into the flight and all was green. The needles were sitting comfortably in their right-of-centre positions indicating good oil pressure and temperature. Michael’s scanning habit was spontaneous, characteristic of all seasoned bush pilots. When airborne, he would repeatedly check his cockpit environment as he did his flight path.

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