Flying Wild Alaska

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  • 2011
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.1  (623)

Flying Wild Alaska is a documentary-style television show that premiered on Discovery Channel in 2011. The show stars the Tweto family- Jim, Ferno, and their daughter Ayla- and focuses on their lives in Unalakleet, a remote village in Alaska that is only accessible by plane.

The Tweto family runs the family-owned airline, Era Alaska, which plays a crucial role in connecting remote Alaskan communities to the outside world. The show follows them as they fly their aircraft through some of the most treacherous and challenging terrains in the world. With their fleet of planes, the Twetos undertake various missions, including delivering cargo and supplies to isolated communities, transporting patients to medical facilities, and bringing in hunters and adventurers to explore the rugged Alaskan wilderness.

Jim Tweto is at the helm of Era Alaska and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the airline. Jim's wife, Ferno, is a former commercial pilot who is now the director of customer service, while their daughter, Ayla, is a pilot-in-training who is working her way up the ranks to take over the family business. Together, the family faces a myriad of challenges, including dangerous weather conditions, unexpected mechanical issues, and navigating through unfamiliar territory.

Beyond the daily operations of the airline, the show also offers a glimpse into the Tweto family's personal life. Viewers are introduced to Jim and Ferno's other children, including 22-year-old Ariel, who runs a local restaurant with her partner, and 17-year-old twins, Jager and Jedidiah, who help out with the family business when they can. The show also touches on the cultural values of the native Alaskan community, highlighting their close ties to nature and the challenges they face living in such a remote and harsh environment.

Throughout its two-season run, Flying Wild Alaska offers a unique look into the world of Alaskan aviation and the daily struggles of those who live and work in this challenging environment. The show's stunning aerial shots of the Alaskan wilderness combined with the gripping firsthand accounts of the Tweto family make for a captivating viewing experience. Flying Wild Alaska is a must-watch for anyone who is interested in aviation, adventure or simply wants to learn more about the beauty and challenges of life in Alaska.

Flying Wild Alaska is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (31 episodes). The series first aired on January 14, 2011.

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End of an Era
8. End of an Era
July 20, 2012
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.
Into the Wind
7. Into the Wind
July 20, 2012
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.
Radio Silence
6. Radio Silence
July 13, 2012
Ariel disappears from radio contact and emergency services are alerted. Over the remote village of Hooper Bay, pilot Erik Snuggerud battles a narrow runway.
Money Pit
5. Money Pit
July 6, 2012
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.
Return to Diomede
4. Return to Diomede
June 29, 2012
Pilot Doug Stewart's skills are tested when he has to land on a runway melting into the ocean. Pilot John Kapsner searches for two snow-machines lost in the Alaskan Bush.
Zero Cabin Pressure
3. Zero Cabin Pressure
June 22, 2012
Era's fleet deals with the harshest Alaskan winter in years. Sarah Fraher has a challenge when her aircraft door opens during flight. With explosive chemicals on board, Doug deals with his brakes freezing. Jim tries to land on the frozen Anvik River.
Solar Flare Danger
2. Solar Flare Danger
June 15, 2012
Villagers in Wainright have no water due to the Arctic cold. Solar flares leave Ponts and Ben in danger. In Unalakleet, a criminal is on the loose and the Tweto's are on edge.
Running Out of Time
1. Running Out of Time
June 8, 2012
Era works to survive a harsh winter. Ariel joins the search effort to find her missing friend. Sarah Fraher tries to help a stranded pilot. Ponts tries to assist in an emergency medical drop over a Kavik camp.
Where to Watch Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska is available for streaming on the Discovery Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Flying Wild Alaska on demand at Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV and Discovery.
  • Premiere Date
    January 14, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (623)