Flying Wild Alaska 3 Seasons 2011

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Season 1
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5. Tundra Taxis TV-PG

In Bethel, construction crews race to finish Era's newest hanger before the unforgiving winter snows arrive. But when Jim flies in to inspect the progress, he is far from happy. In Unk, fierce crosswinds blow John Ponts' tiny 207 all over the sky.

Starring:
Jim Tweto, Ferno Tweto
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
February 11, 2011

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Season 1
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    1. Meet the Twetos In the frigid Alaskan town of Unalakleet, the Tweto's and their family-run airline battle the arctic elements to transport supplies and passengers to some of the most inaccessible areas on the planet.

    TV-PG 44min January 14, 2011
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    2. Life or Death Pilot Luke Hickerson transports dangerous chemicals from Barrow to the remote village of Atqasuk. Then, in Unalakleet, the cold and dark winter claims its first casualty and Jim must make arrangements to transport the casket.

    TV-PG 44min January 21, 2011
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    3. Blow It Up In a dangerous mission, pilot Doug Doherty flies along Russian airspace to transport volatile explosives to the island of St Lawrence. In Unk, Ben slams into a large bird mid-flight.

    TV-PG 44min January 28, 2011
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    4. Indian Summer Unseasonably warm weather sends Jim up to the Brooks Range to look for potential landing strips. Ferno and Ariel prepare an Eskimo feast for returning pilot John Ponts and the week ends with an icy plunge into the Unalakleet River.

    TV-PG 44min February 4, 2011
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    5. Tundra Taxis In Bethel, construction crews race to finish Era's newest hanger before the unforgiving winter snows arrive. But when Jim flies in to inspect the progress, he is far from happy. In Unk, fierce crosswinds blow John Ponts' tiny 207 all over the sky.

    TV-PG 44min February 11, 2011
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    6. Greenhorn Ben Pilot Yuri Ivanoff trains in Bethel for a potential promotion to fly the 208 Caravan. But danger strikes when heavy ice forms on the wings. In Unalakleet, weeks of rain force Jim to do a river landing and a greenhorn arrives.

    TV-PG 44min February 18, 2011
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    7. Deep Freeze Era Alaska makes a special canine delivery to four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey in Fairbanks. After the first snow in Unalakleet, Jim and Ferno cope with an influx of schoolteachers on their busiest day of the year.

    TV-PG 44min February 25, 2011
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    8. Bush Brawl A dangerous frozen river landing leaves Jim and Ferno skating on thin ice, while Ariel's flying lessons end in disaster. The biggest snowstorm of the season hits, shutting down all of Western Alaska and leaving several Era pilots up in the air.

    TV-PG 44min March 4, 2011
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    9. Trick or Tweto Halloween in Alaska brings vicious crosswinds that wreak havoc on Era's small planes. Ariel hopes to learn the family business in Unk, but a power blackout tests her abilities when she takes over as station manager.

    TV-PG 44min March 11, 2011
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    10. Goodbye Sun The approaching winter darkness fuels a mass exodus from Unalakleet. In Barrow, a bootlegger attempts to smuggle in illegal liquor and Luke races to complete a daring rescue before the sun sets for two months straight.

    TV-PG 44min March 18, 2011

Product Details

Genres Reality TV
Starring Jim Tweto, Ferno Tweto
Supporting actors Ayla Tweto, Ariel Tweto, Jim Pratt, K.C. Bodily, Jason Driskill, John Dronenburg, Kara Hansen, John Hastie, John Koeppen, Judy Kotongan, John Ponts, Phillip Sampson, Vance Sasinowski, Doug Stewart, Harry Wrase
Season year 2011
Network Discovery Channel
Executive Producer Tommy Baynard
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

It was a great surprise when I first watched this TV Series.
Paulo Bueno
Very informative of the life situation in Alaska (weather, suicide, etc).
Mina Kim
A show that the whole family can watch and learn from together.
Wesley Howe

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Higgins on December 26, 2011
Format: DVD
So many reality shows are built around the whining of self-important celebrities that this doesn't really belong in the same category. The people of Flying Wild Alaska are likeable and interesting, the stories are engaging, the setting is wild, dangerous-but-beautiful Alaska, and the production values - especially the music and photography - are excellent.

Central to the action is the Tweto family: Jim, Ferno, Ariel and Ayla, who run Alaska's largest regional airline, Era Alaska, which operates some seventy aircraft ranging from bush planes to twin-turboprop feederliners. Jim is the Chief Operating Officer but, in stark contrast to the conventional view of a corporate head as being detached from their company's operations, he's right in the thick of it; tracking operations on his low-tech "organizer" (a piece of paper in his shirt pocket), doing much of the most difficult (and dangerous) bush flying himself, and even wrestling cargo pallets when required.

His wife Ferno, a Yupik Eskimo, manages Era's ground operations with competence, humor, and a bullwhip she`s fond of snapping behind pilots she thinks aren`t moving fast enough. Their daughter Ariel, introduced by Craig Ferguson as "adorable" when he interviewed her on the Late Late Show, describes herself as, "like, the worst Eskimo ever, I'm always cold." Ayla, little -seen in this first season, is her older sister, a college student and private pilot who pitches in as needed when she's home.

Home is Unalakleet, an Eskimo village of some 700 souls on the shores of the Bering Sea and a major hub of Era`s operations. Typical of most of the villages the airline services, it is not connected by road with the rest of Alaska, which points up the importance of air transportation to the rural population.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. R. Childress on July 27, 2013
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Because of the dangerous flying conditions these folks endure and the baren landscapes they travel, there's a lot of drama here. The potential for disaster is real and ever-present. And you share the relief when a risky job is completed. However, it seems like the naration plays up the danger a lot more than is necessary, making it kind of hoaky. And watching more than one episode makes it obvious and funny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald D Curtis on May 28, 2013
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Ice road truckers of the air! Great show good charactors. Look forward to watching the other seasons. Love that it is commercial free!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Burns on May 4, 2013
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facinating... No it just not about flying airplane... Its about flying planes under the worse possible conditions. Fun serries. Very enjoyable
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob S on July 7, 2013
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I was especially intrigued because I knew many of the places they fly. I worked for KICY in Nome in the 1960's. It makes me want to go back to visit. Great scenery and a lot of human interest with the family business. Their daughter Ariel made it fun to watch. She's delightful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Addie E. Craine on June 20, 2013
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Great series! Its amazing what these pilots do. They are great pilots. I don't know how they can fly in weather like that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Big Al TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 11, 2013
Flying Wild Alaska is one of the few wholesome "reality television series" on cable. It features the Tweto family who ran a regional airline ERA Alaska at Unalakleet, Alaska and the bush pilots who flew airplanes for them. The series ran on the Discovery Channel for three seasons from January 2011 to July 2012.

Jim Tweto was the chief operating officer (COO) of ERA and his wife Ferno the station manager at Unalakleet. Jim Tweto started out as a bush pilot with one airplane and, with the help of Ferno, grew his company into a regional airline that serves much of Alaska, from Kodiak in the south to Barrow in the north and Nome in the west to Fairbanks in the East. The viewers watch as the pilots and ground crew struggle against foul weather, impossible schedules, primitive and sometimes nonexistent landing strips, government regulations, and occasionally fuel shortage. In addition, the viewers are treated with a brief look at the Eskimo culture which is woven into the lives of Alaska residents. It is fun to watch pilots from the Lower 48 eating Eskimo food, like walrus intestines. Other Eskimo delicacies include seal flippers buried in the ground for three months, dug up, and boiled in water. Yum!

Jim and Ferno raise two beautiful daughters Ayla & Ariel. Ayla is away from home attending classes in Anchorage for a paramedic. Ariel stays with her parents and works at the Unalakleet airport. Ariel is all sunshine even when a blizzard is raging outside of the terminal. Regrettably the show ended in season three when Jim Tweto retired and started building his dream cabin, but the viewers get to watch as Ariel finally gets her pilot license. Don't miss out on this excellent television series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 10, 2013
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This was a great show. Love the family who run the business, the pilots and the locals. Good family entertainment. We all like it.
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