#OSH11: Cessna to host ‘Flying Wild Alaska’ cast

Cessna is bringing four personalities from Discovery Channel’s “Flying Wild Alaska” to AirVenture.

Ariel Tweto, Luke Hickerson, John Ponts and Doug Stewart will be at Cessna’s display from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30. They will sign autographs and talk about the show, including the Cessna aircraft in their fleet.

“Flying Wild Alaska” is a reality series that premiered in January with 10 episodes. It became the highest-rated new series launch in the network’s history, prompting Discovery Channel to renew the show for a second season.

The show follows the unconventional Tweto family, including Ariel’s father, mother and sister, and their team of pilots who rule Alaska’s most dangerous skies. Operating their family-run airline, Era Alaska, they battle unforgiving Alaska weather and terrain to transport life’s necessities to one of the most remote and extreme regions of America. With no freeway system for hundreds of miles, Era Alaska is the lifeline for the isolated rural inhabitants of the Bering Sea coastline.

The airline’s fleet includes around 70 aircraft, from single-engine Cessnas that can handle off-airport landings to the large C-23 Sherpa that carries payloads up to 7,000 pounds. Era operates more than 40 Cessna aircraft, including 20 Model 207 single-engine pistons and 22 Caravan turboprops.

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