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The primary concern raised by attendees was the increasing cost of PenAir flights. A round-trip ticket from Dillingham to Anchorage ranges from $450 to $600, which some residents feel is prohibitively expensive.

Hannah Colton | Bristol Bay Times
Alaska State Troopers say a pilot for has survived the crash of his small plane, a 1955 Cessna 180. near Glennallen. The crash was caused by mechanical failure, trooper said, and an investigation is underway. Associated Press
Witness descriptions of the Jan. 31 midair collision between two Super Cub airplanes south of Wasilla that left two pilots seriously injured were released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.Laurel Andrews
The new larger planes will have seats for 15 additional passengers and be able to be able to shave about 45 minutes of flying time off the Anchorage-to-Unalaska route.Jim Paulin
Airline flight was far less regulated back in the early days, which sometimes led to unexpected mishaps. Once, Ellen Wilson was the lone stewardess during a winter flight on a DC3 with leaky cargo doors. After serving the passengers and wrapping them in blankets to ward off frigid air blasting through the cabin, she took coffee to the crew.  David A. James
Witnesses have told an investigator that the Saturday midair collision near Wasilla involving two Super Cubs took place at about 1,000 feet off the ground. Both pilots survived the crashes, though authorities had no medical updates Monday.  Zaz Hollander
Local authorities say two friends were flying a recently purchased airplane to Alaska when it crashed Monday in central Wisconsin, killing the pilot's father.Associated Press
Alaska Airlines regular evening flight into Nome was diverted Thursday after the plane, en route from Kotzebue, diverted to avoid ash from the Russian Volcano Shiveluch. The plane flew on to Anchorage safely and regular flights are expected to resume today.Matthew F. Smith
The company that provides regular helicopter service to the island of Little Diomede in the Bering Strait says a combination of weather and mechanical issues has kept them from flying. Residents say that despite just a single mail and cargo delivery in the last month, they are getting by.Matthew F. Smith / KNOM
Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks -- crop monitoring, aerial photography, inspections of bridges and cell towers, and much more. But not right away. Final rules are probably two to three years away.Joan Lowy