In the early days of aviation, the Alaska fishing industry only slowly accepted the new mode of transport as a reliable method of getting seafood from point A to point B. But over time, the two industries became inextricably linked.
Holiday shopping can be daunting, but take heart if you have a pilot, aircraft owner or aviation aficionado in your life; there are lots of things big and small that can be wrapped up for under the tree. Here are a few suggestions.Colleen Mondor
Five recently closed weather stations in remote parts of Alaska may not seem significant on paper, but no one's sure just how much pilots were using them for flight planning purposes, and the AOPA is trying to find out. Colleen Mondor
A Cessna 150 crash at Merrill Field in August 2013 was caused by loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion during a go-around and a subsequent aerodynamic stall, according to the NTSB probable cause report released Thursday.Colleen Mondor
Albert Ball passed away earlier this year prior to being recognized as one of the latest members of the Alaska Aviation Legend program, but as an Alaska Bush pilot for decades, he was certainly worthy of the honor.Joy Journeay
Before Paul Shanahan had a plane, he used a team of Mackenzie River huskies and a wooden boat to get to and from his homestead at Susitna Station. By the time he was done flying, he had clocked more than 20,000 hours in the air.Joy Journeay
Despite worries its facility sponsor, FedEx, would pull out, the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering will go on as scheduled next year. FedEx announced this week it would allow the Alaska Airmen's Association to use its Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport hangar for the 2015 event, as it has for the past 17 years. Sean Doogan
With drones, model planes and quadcopters considered hot Christmas gifts this year, a legislative task force in Alaska is trying to educate the public about operational rules designed to protect pilots and their passengers in a flight-dependent state. Alex DeMarban