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Flying wild Alaska is a reality television show that depicts the daily lives of pilots that own and operate a family business of transporting goods, services and people into and out of the most remote parts of the state of Alaska to show accurately depicts the conditions of flying in one of the most dangerous environments in the world each episode has segments from the air bases and airports. They demonstrate how the planes are loaded cared for and maintained in the extremely harsh conditions. Everything from deicing the wings to keeping the engine warm to making sure the weight distribution for each load is just right.

The other part of the show is actually flying with the pilots themselves to deliver the goods and/or services to the remotest parts of the state. This allows the viewers to get a firsthand look at just how dangerous flying in the remote wilderness can actually be everything from landing and taking off on a frozen river to landing on the side of the mountain and taking off from the mountain again to transporting someone from a remote native village. That is in need of serious medical attention. The bravery and courage and flying skills of the pilots that can be viewed in this show is absolutely amazing it takes an extremely unique individual to be able to pull off some of the aromatic feats of these pilots and will leave the viewer with a great appreciation for just exactly what these individuals do and the role they play in keeping the remotest parts of the wilderness connected to the outside world.

The other intriguing part of the show is of course the drama that comes with not only operating a business but a family business and all the little bumps in the road today expands on a daily basis. Trying to make sure the company runs as smoothly as possible so that the customers get the services they desperately need, all while trying to keep family life completely separate from business flying which adds the viewer can see from watching any episode is not always as easy as it sounds.

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Friday 9:00 PM et/pt on Discovery Channel
3 Seasons, 31 Episodes - Currently Airing
Reality
8.3/10
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Flying Wild Alaska Full Episode Guide

  • In the series finale, Jim considers a new career path after 30 years, and Ariel is met by the FAA in the last step to obtain her pilot's license.

  • Sarah takes on a windstorm while transporting fuel to a research station; Jim completes a difficult landing; Ben retrieves a priest for an Easter service.

  • Ariel disappears from radio contact and emergency services are alerted. Over the remote village of Hooper Bay, pilot Erik Snuggerud battles a narrow runway.

  • In Bethel, pilot Erik Snuggerud struggles with mechanical issues. On Alaska's North Slope, pilots Doug Stewart and John Rende work to keep their plane from veering off an icy runway. In Unalakleet, Ariel receives a surprise visitor.

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