Aviation

Grant Aviation, which once dominated the Western Alaska market, is gearing up for a comeback after a difficult spell.

Lisa Demer
Urban Rahoi was back in a B-17 Friday, and while he would have much preferred to be at the controls of the Flying Fortress above the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the veteran Fairbanks flier settled for a place as a passenger in the “Arsenal of Democracy” tour marking the anniversary of the end of fighting in Europe during World War II.Dermot Cole
The Alaska Seaplane Tours plane was returning from a tour late Monday morning and struck something as it landed in Tongass Narrows. One float was punctured and took on water, but the pilot and four passengers escaped safely.Associated Press
Alaska Airlines Flight 76 was en route from Juneau to Seattle when problems arose with one of the plane's two electrical systems. The Boeing 737-400 touched down in Vancouver shortly before 5 p.m. local time on Sunday.Associated Press
Serious operational flaws within Hageland Aviation -- by far the biggest airline in Alaska in terms of flights -- and struggles within the Federal Aviation Administration contributed to a crash in 2013 near St. Mary’s that killed four people, documents released Thursday suggest.Lisa Demer
The Wasilla pilot killed in a Prince William Sound plane crash last week had hoped to descend below the clouds and land on an island before he went down, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report.Zaz Hollander
The crew of a troopers vessel found the man's body and the Cessna 180 he had been flying in the waters off Culross Island in western Prince William Sound, near Whittier. Alaska Dispatch News
A floatplane nosed over into Campbell Lake on Friday afternoon but no one was injured, said an Anchorage Fire Department official.Alaska Dispatch News
This week in the arts: from cabaret to wooden bowls to pilots of yoreMike Dunham

Dozens of vintage planes from World War II cruised over the Potomac River and near the major Washington, D.C., monuments in an aerial armada that marked the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe and the surrender of Nazi Germany. Thousands of people gathered below, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, to witness the low-altitude procession.

Dermot Cole