Have you ever waited for a plane to depart into the bush only to groan when a weather delay is announced? Do you vent your frustration on the customer service employees and the pilot? As a pilot, have you waivered in your decision to fly, only to have your mind changed by the people around you? These scenarios happen everyday in Alaska, but lately are receiving some increased scrutiny.
Long an icon of Bush flying, the Otter has been involved in a string of high-profile crashes in recent years, prompting speculation that the plane itself might be dangerous. But a glance at an NTSB database tells a different story.Colleen Mondor
OPINION: It is disappointing that the officials charged with coordinating the president's visit chose not to engage in such conversations or recognize, that even in the 21st century, aviation in Alaska is still vastly different from everywhere else in America.Colleen Mondor
Saturday will mark the 80th anniversary of the death of humorist Will Rogers in a plane crash near Barrow. The former director of the Will Rogers museum in Oklahoma is making a pilgrimage to the site and hopes to meet relatives of the people who brought word of the tragedy to the town.Mike Dunham
Alaska State Troopers said Thursday that the pilot whose plane crashed in Knik Arm last week never dialed 911 and used a satellite phone to call for help, leading to an eight-minute wait before the National Guard learned of the crash.Nathaniel Herz