Russ Roberts

Author of Unlearning to Fly:

Navigating the Turbulence

and Bliss of Growing Up in the Sky.

The memoir is coming late in 2020.


We'll announce here when the book is available on Amazon, Kindle, and Audible. Meanwhile, here's an excerpt.

"Tara Westover's Educated meets Ernest K. Gann's Fate is the Hunter." -JL


About the Author

A Collector of Stories

Airline pilot, broadcaster, sailor, speaker, and now author, Captain Russ Roberts is not so much an adventurer as a lifetime collector of experiences and stories.


Roberts flew the Atlantic alone in single-engine airplanes, sailed the Northwest Passage over the Canadian arctic, helped blow up his backyard with dynamite, was the youngest licensed flight instructor in America, and commanded airliners around the world.


In his first book, Unlearning to Fly: Navigating the Turbulence and Bliss of Growing Up in the Sky, Russ Roberts tells a heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking story of how airplanes were the golden thread that secured an otherwise turbulent start to life.

"Russ Roberts is the only person I know who knew... exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up, and then realized that dream.  Unlearning to Fly... serves as a literary metaphor for his sometimes rocky relationship with his father. This is a good read."

-Chet Burgess, former CNN Executive Producer of Interactive Programming

"This is truly the only book I have ever read that describes so clearly what it must be like to sit in the cockpit of an airplane on the runway, at the controls, as if I were there myself, and take off, and the thrill of it, the wonder of it... it made me want to do it too... something I have never thought much about. It was thrilling and made me want to fly." -Joanne Rideout, host and creator of radio's The Ship Report


Need a speaker?

Russ Roberts has engaged audiences all around North America. He looks forward to speaking at your next event. 

This is also the place to be should you have a media request or need good technical advice for your aviation related movie or television project. 

Or just stop by to say, "Hello!" We look forward to meeting you.

Russ Roberts

c/o Holt & Grooms Co. Ltd., Publisher

Dept. 74888

PO Box 34628

Seattle WA 98124



The Inner Reaches of the the Northwest Passage

Here's a video of Russ Roberts speaking of The Inner Reaches of the Northwest Passage, at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Get in touch above to book him for your event!

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Reading Tara Westover's Educated in 2019 reminded Russ Roberts that he wasn't alone in having parents with strong, peculiar, and often harmful, religious beliefs. Westover's is a powerful coming of age story, akin to Jeannette Walls' Glass Castle and Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes.

-Tara Westover


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