Last summer, while on a flying trip to Alaska, I visited two popular tourist destinations in the backcountry.
One of them, Chena Hot Springs, was half an hour by air from our home base at Chena Marina Airport (AK28) in Fairbanks. The other, 184 air miles south, was the historic town of Talkeetna, aerial gateway to Denali, North America’s highest peak. [Read more…]
By ROB STAPLETON
It was an unexpected pleasure when the weather changed to blue skies and warmer weather, but when more than 100 aircraft showed up on May 13-15 for the sixth annual Hudson Memorial Fly-in, all expectations were exceeded. [Read more…]
Ever heard the story about the guy who landed a C-119 in Iwo Jima, in a typhoon, while seated on the floor of the cockpit?
What about the guy who, in 1963, flew a DC-4 1,200 miles north of Point Barrow, Alaska, and landed on an “ice island” in support of the Arctic Research Laboratories? [Read more…]
Recently a friend asked me to help him prepare for a flying trip to Alaska. I said I would, using notes taken from my own 3,500-mile journey in a Cessna 172 from South Carolina to Fairbanks in July 2015.
Below is the information I provided, and if you are thinking about making an Alaska journey in the coming months, you should find it helpful. [Read more…]
By BILL WALKER
Air charter company owner Will Johnson built a successful business over the past three decades flying tourists, hunters and fishermen around Alaska. And, in the process, the 20,000-hour pilot, who operates Yute Air Taxi in Fairbanks, has had plenty of time to formulate advice for aviators contemplating their first trip to his home state.