The Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation will host its annual Seaplane Seminar at the Loussac Library in Anchorage on Saturday, April 25, for floatplane enthusiasts and aircraft owners looking forward to the summer flying season.

Colleen Mondor
In December 1981, a group of men stranded for four days high on Mount McKinley following a plane crash watched helicopters circle overhead with no ability to provide supplies or rescue. Two men died, and an ensuing legal battle changed the expectations of rescue operations in Alaska and Outside.Colleen Mondor
Peter Weber Jr. flew a plane for about 20 minutes on a recent Monday. The flight was nothing fancy, just three looping circles around an area airfield. But it could nonetheless snag a Guinness world record for him.Ed Fletcher and Bill Lindelof
As more and more commercial fishermen turned to aircraft to spot fish and gain an edge on their competitors, the skies above Alaska's most popular fishing spots grew dangerous. Colleen Mondor
The NTSB this week released a final report on a November 2013 plane crash on Alaska's North Slope, citing not only pilot error but also company procedures and inadequate FAA oversight as causes of the accident.Colleen Mondor
For those who may be out of the loop, here are few things Alaska pilots should know in the coming weeks, including Inspection Authorization renewal seminars, a meeting for owners of de Havilland Beavers and Otters, and the completion of the aviation weather camera network.Colleen Mondor

The Great Alaska Sportsman Show offers more than 500 vendors spread between Sullivan Arena and Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

 

Matt Tunseth

Of all the ways in which Alaska's aviation and fishing industries have been associated over the years, the use of aircraft to spot fish for commercial fishing operators has by far been the most controversial.

Colleen Mondor
For a week every year, Iron Dog volunteer pilot Keith Manternach has to fly every day "in some very challenging situations." But for Manternach, it's hardly an unpleasant experience.Colleen Mondor
A group of aviation stakeholders formed in 2011 to address the issue of midair collisions in Mat-Su has turned its attention to the narrow flight corridor that parallels the Glenn Highway between the Palmer and Anchorage airports.Colleen Mondor