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Writer’s Voice–Building an Alaskan life: A decade to cherish, by Katie Writer

Sunday, July 27, 2014

This article by

Talkeetna pilot and mother Katie Writer

  was published this month

in Aviation for Women magazine.

(Text and photos follow audio, 12 min 37 sec)

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 Earlier this year I hit the ten-year mark of moving to Alaska for my first flying job. I recall the unknown of a new adventure being somewhat daunting. As a newly certified flight instructor, the responsibility of teaching others how to fly floatplanes in Alaska required professionalism beyond the years of flight training. Thinking back, I could have easily been stalled by fear of the unknown. (more…)

Close Encounter Between Plane and Whale in Southeast Goes Viral

Friday, July 18, 2014

by: Greta Mart, KCAW – Sitka

A 48-second YouTube video catching the swift reactions of a Sitka floatplane pilot went viral this past week. KCAW’s Greta Mart tracked down the pilot and the man who took the video to bring us the full story of how a routine flight in Southeast Alaska made waves on news programs and websites around the world.

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“…And a close call for the pilot of a pontoon plane in Alaska who just narrowly missed landing right on a humpback whale near Angoon…take a look here you’ll see just before the plane hits the water, the pilot then pulls up and then lands safely a few feet later…”

“My name is Rob Murray. I’m chief pilot at Harris Air in Sitka.”

On the morning of July tenth, Murray was flying four passengers into the small Southeast community of Angoon, coming down for a landing in Mitchell Bay.

“I didn’t see the whale…I was definitely looking right at the spot where the whale turned out to be…the first thing that I saw was just before touchdown was the spray, so thank god the whale decided to exhale because that is what I saw.” (more…)

Super Cub Crash Near Talkeetna Results in Minor Injuries

Monday, September 9, 2013

On Saturday evening, Alaska State Troopers received a call from the passenger of a Super Cub that had crashed into a lake twenty-five miles east of Talkeetna.  Troopers say the plane was being flown by Sheila Perskalla of Wasilla when she had difficulty landing the plane, and it went into the lake.  The passenger, David Akers of Palmer, called the Troopers.  The Rescue Coordination Center was contacted, and both the pilot and passenger were rescued.  Pierskalla suffered minor injuries.  Both she and Akers were transported to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.

Overflights Council assesses aircraft influence in Denali Park

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Denali Aircraft Advisory Council met last week to review information gathered during the last season of activity inside Denali National Park, and to what extent aviation had an impact on the wilderness experience of park users.

The Council was established 6 years ago to help establish voluntary best-practices to minimize noise disturbances within the park. At their most recent quarterly meeting, the council heard a number of reports from soundscape researchers, as well as representatives from user groups who had gathered information on how well the current air-traffic patterns for flight-seeing and back-country taxi services had coincided with the Park Services goals of minimal noise disturbance. (more…)

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Champaign Lady project recovers B-17 north of Talkeetna

Friday, July 29, 2011

BOMBER TAIL – Northern Pioneer Helicopters assisted in a recovery project of the B17 north of Talkeetna on Thursday

In September 1951, a B17 bomber crashed north of Talkeenta.  Bush Pilot Cliff Hudson is credited for saving the lives of the souls on board.  This week and next, the wreckage of that plane is being airlifted out of the wilderness to Talkeetna and transported to Ohio for a project at the Champaign Aviation Museum.  The story is about history, love of aviation, and a restoration project that some might think impossible.  Sue Deyoe has more…

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**Mahay’s, Northern Pioneer Helicopters, K2 Aviation and a large number of others are credited with help in this operation.

High altitude rescue on Denali one of the few in history

Thursday, May 19, 2011

On May 12th, an accident involving a roped team of 4 climbers occurred near the summit on Denali. The rescue and retrieval of the climbers became a somewhat complicated mix of Park Service, military as well as volunteer assistance and may go down in the mountaineering history books.  Sue Deyoe spoke with the helicopter pilot and one of the rangers in charge of the operation…

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Hudson Memorial Fly-in is this weekend

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Aviation, whether people love it or not, has a large presence in the Upper Valley and Talkeetna in particular. Climbers swarm the village at this time of year. Soon tourists will wander the streets, and on the sunny days, they clamor for a chance to see Denali up close. Last year, an event started to honor resident Cliff Hudson. Sue Deyoe spoke with one of the organizers of the event that honors the famous bush pilot:

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Talkeetna’s Airport Improvement project may not happen this summer

Thursday, May 5, 2011

About a month ago, Talkeetna residents received a Talkeetna Airport Improvement project flyer in their mail box. It outlines the entire improvement project in stages.  It answers general questions and gives a hazy timeline.  But the controversial project continues to have lack of funding.

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correction: Christine Nelson’s title is Director of Planning and Land Use

Talkeetna’s Build a Plane project grows wings

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Build a Plane project has grown wings since last summer when it was introduced as an idea for students to learn more about the aviation industry in Talkeetna.  The project may be the biggest volunteer effort Talkeetna has seen in years.  Sue Deyoe was at their recent project evening and has more on the project.

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