When the debate over public broadcasting comes up, defenders are quick to turn to a few popular standbys -- like children's program "Sesame Street" -- to fight possible cuts. But in Alaska, there are other programs catering to underserved demographics, like pilots, that also face elimination.

Colleen Mondor
With the opening of a Flight Standards District Office in Mat-Su, the agency formally moves beyond the Alaska's three major cities.Colleen Mondor
As part of the FAA's ongoing transition to the NextGen satellite-based air traffic system, it has proposed eliminating 28 redundant or under-utilized instrument approaches in Alaska, and it wants to hear from pilots in the state about the possible changes.Colleen Mondor
Elodea, an aggressive invasive plant, was discovered this month in the lake used by hundreds of floatplanes, raising fears that it will be spread to multiple sites within flying reach. Yereth Rosen
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
While an investigative document dump in April shed light on some of the factors behind a fatal 2013 crash in rural Alaska, the hard truth of the matter is that the crash was just one in a line of similar crashes that have been taking place for decades.Colleen Mondor
Alaska pilot, author and ecotourism pioneer Mike McBride will sign copies of his book about life on Kachemak Bay at this weekend's Great Alaska Aviation Gathering.Mike Dunham
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

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


Matt Tunseth