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Alaska… the extreme North frontier of a Continent!..
Blizzard, utmost cold, strong winds, snow, remote + very short airfields... and you still wish to fly in this area? If that's your intention, maybe you are beginning to think as a real bush pilot.
Welcome aboard... I invite you to come across fantastic landscape in a different environment. And yes! Sometime even the sun is shining over amazing Alaska!

Some useful tips about Alaskan bush and VFR operations
Basically, there are many “reasons” to fly “bush” destinations: carrying people to remote locations with equipment, tourists with luggage, emergency rescue flights with medical personal, bringing urgent spare parts, food and goods transport... and all the other situations that you can think of. Accordingly, it is always important to consider the total additional weight related to the conditions (pilot, passengers, luggage, equipment, goods, etc.). Another important factor to consider is  the fact that many small remote airfields have no refuelling facilities. Therefore, a bush aircraft has to carry fuel also for the return leg...
Furthermore, most small Alaskan bush airfields have short runways, no instruments facilities and/or lighting, and require challenging VFR approaches.
Consequently most of these destinations are only suited for daylight flight with sufficient visibility, at least 8 to 10 miles. And finally, when using real weather it is recommended to check destination’s visibility before take-off...
  1. Alaskan hub # 1 - PAJN Juneau - Schedule
  2. Alaskan hub # 2 - PAEN, Kenai Muni - Schedule
  3. Great Alaska Tour - Schedule
  4. US postal flights - round trips with very short hops visiting multiple near destinations - Schedule
  5. Alaska Aleutian Chain Tour - a new schedule dedicated to this remote region of Alaska (created by Steve Sellmeyer - SPA Special Ops Assistant Manager)
  6. Iditarod - great adventure following the famous musher's track from Anchorage (created by Steve Sellmeyer - SPA Special Ops Assistant Manager)
  7. Trans-Alaska Pipeline - another great Alaskan tour following the pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez (created by Steve Sellmeyer - SPA Special Ops Assistant Manager)
  8. Interesting links about Alaska bush flying

Alaskan Hub # 1 - PAJN, Juneau

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Departure and arrival time are free but remember that most airfields are not lighted and offer no IFR equipment. Therefore daylight arrival and adequate visibility could be a must in most cases.

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FOR SEAPLANES ONLY

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Alaskan Hub N 2 - PAEN, Kenai Muni

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Departure and arrival time are free but remember that most airfields are not lighted and offer no IFR equipment. Therefore daylight arrival and adequate visibility could be a must in most cases.

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NEW ALASKA SCHEDULE

100 challenging flights will let you discover the Northern part of the American Continent. You can fly all the segments from PAJN to PAEN as a tour… or pick up any flight: your choice. Using real weather will add to the realism. ENJOY! 

Alaska Grand Tour

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postUSA Postal Service for Alaska and Northern Canada area

VERY IMPORTANT: For some US postal flights it is required to use an amphibian aircraft such as the Gruman Goose or similar performance able to takeoff or land from and on solid or water runways (see the schedule to check if there is one or more "water runway(s)"). For all the other postal flights on schedule use any appropriate prop aircraft designed for short takeoff and landing...

Recommended aircraft : AMPHIBIAN

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Recommended aircraft : STOL PROPELLER

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Recommended aircraft : STOL PROPELLER

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Recommended aircraft : STOL PROPELLER

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Recommended aircraft : TURBO PROP LIKE DHC-8 or ATR-72

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IDITAROD

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In 1925 Nome, Alaska suffered a serious diphtheria outbreak and was in need of serum to prevent an epidemic. The winter weather was not conducive to flying in those days so dogsled relay teams were established to get the much needed serum to its destination in Nome.
In 1973 the Alaska Iditarod Dogsled Race was started to commemorate the historic event and has been ongoing every year since then. After doing some research I was able to locate a map of the route used and thought it would be interesting to fly and see the terrain these “Hardy Mushers” were encountering in the severe dead of an Alaskan winter.
As usual, I fly using real weather and felt lucky to encounter only light snow and partly cloudy skies on most of the route. Except for going through the mountain valleys, most legs, once past the mountains, I flew at 1500-2500 MSL to view the terrain below.
For further information, Google search Iditarod as there is much more information to be known.
I sincerely hope all you fellow bush pilots enjoy this adventure.
Steve Sellmeyer - SPA 218 – Special Operations Assistant Manager

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This is one of the largest pipeline systems in the world and the only way to get crude oil from Alaska's North Slope fields to tankers waiting in Valdez.

PipellineBuilt in the 1970s after oil was discovered at Prudhoe Bay (1968), the 48-inch diameter, 800-mile pipeline links Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean with the terminal at Valdez, the northernmost ice-free port in the Western Hemisphere. The flow from this pipeline accounts for roughly 20 percent of U.S. oil production annually.
The pipeline is buried for less than half its length, where the ground is well-drained gravel or solid rock, and thawing is no problem. Wherever the warm oil would cause thawing of the icy soil (which would cause sinking or heaving) the pipeline, which cost about $8 billion to build, sits on top of 78,000 above-ground supports spaced 60 feet apart. The sections above ground are insulated and covered. The pipe is raised high off the ground in places to span rivers or to allow wildlife to cross under the pipe.

There were originally twelve pump stations and many valves controlling the flow of oil. Currently, two pump stations are not operating, and two are on idle status, leaving pumps 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 12 operating. The entire system is operated from the Operations Control Centre located in Valdez, but can also be operated independently at each pump station.

The 48 inch diameter pipe is made of specially coated material covered with zinc anodes to ward off corrosion. More than 800 crossings of rivers and streams are made between Prudhoe Bay and Valdez.

More info at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Alaska_Pipeline_System

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TransAlaska Pipeline Flights

In flying many of the bush flights in Alaska I've encountered the Trans Alaska Pipeline on the sectional maps I've used.  I decided to research the route of the pipeline as I thought it would be fun and challenging to fly and follow.
The pipeline stretches 800 miles from the North Slopes of the Prudhoe Bay area south to the port of Valdez.

It crosses 3 mountain ranges and 800 rivers and streams with 420 miles of it above ground, 376 miles buried in the conventional manner and 4 miles refrigerated below ground.

Most of the route is parallel to known highways so I followed them to stay as close as possible to the pipeline between listed airfields.

I hope you enjoy this to view the terrain and see what the workers were up against when it came to building this massive undertaking.

Steve Sellmeyer - SPA 218 – SPA Special Operations Assistant Manager

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SOME INTERESTING LINKS ABOUT ALASKAN BUSH FLYING

http://www.alaskawildland.com/formTrivia.html
http://www.airnav.com/airport/PAEN
http://www.juneau.org/airport/index.php
http://www.flyalaska.net/
http://www.outdoorsdirectory.com/directory/airtaxi.htm
http://www.bush-planes.com/

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