Ken was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1940. He completed his flying training in Brandon Manitoba, graduated, and then received his wings and pilot's license in 1967. His flying career has taken him to various locations in Canada's North. Ken has documented his flying adventures, in both prose and poetry.

After 12 years of research and documentation Ken completed his first book. Bush Pilots Mayday is a true life adventure based on logbook entries and recollections of fellow pilots. Ken flew a Cessna for 17 years into various places in Northwestern Canada, the Yukon, and Northwest Territories. His aircraft was equipped with a minimum of radio gear and all his navigation was done with map and compass.

Ken Forscutt's first book features journeys far inside the Arctic Circle, and the recovery and repair of his aircraft found upside down on a beach in northern Alberta. Readers will find a diverse group of characters, pristine, rugged landscapes and wild life only found in the north. The Inuit men and women of the north inhabit the most hostile but beautiful parts of Canada. It is Ken's desire to share these experiences with his family and friends, and to reveal something of the satisfaction his profession gave him over the years. He was awarded the Centennial Medal of Honour from the province of Manitoba for the development of recreational skiing.

Forscutt now lives in Kamloops, B.C., having resided in Shuswap and Anglemont.


Bush Pilots Mayday (Self-published, 2007) $19.95 978-0-9784514-0-0

[BCBW 2011]