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Tips and secrets from 'Flying Wild Alaska' pilots

Article | Oct 13, 2012

The Discovery Channel's "Flying Wild Alaska" pilots - John Ponts, Doug Stewart, and Luke Hickerson - traveled south to Palm Springs, Calif., for AOPA Aviation Summit to share flying tips with pilots and encourage future aviators. AOPA asked the pilots-turned-celebrities what it’s like flying for a TV show in Alaska, their pet peeves, and more. As you’ll see, their newfound fame hasn't gone to their heads. These serious (but comical) aviators put safety first and provide advice on communication, backcountry flying, and more.

5 reasons you can’t miss Summit

Article | Oct 03, 2012

With Palm Springs, Calif., sporting a $200 million facelift for this year's AOPA Aviation Summit, the association is upping the ante. This event is one no pilot will want to miss.

Comments sought on airspace change near Merrill Field

Advocacy | Sep 27, 2012

AOPA is urging pilots who fly in the busy corridor around Anchorage, Alaska, to weigh in by Oct. 9 on an FAA proposal to establish Class D airspace at Bryant Army Air Field.

AV8RS teen members get free admission to Summit

Article | Sep 26, 2012

Teen AOPA AV8RS can hear tales of Arctic adventures from "Flying Wild Alaska" stars, jam with flying musicians, and get advice from instructors--for free.

Dine with Harrison Ford, 'Flying Wild Alaska' pilots, Dave Coulier

Article | Sep 13, 2012

Call it the ultimate $100 hamburger run. Fly in to Palm Springs, Calif., for the AOPA Foundation's A Night for Flight charity gala and dine with Harrison Ford and AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines; the Discovery Channel's "Flying Wild Alaska" pilots John Ponts and Luke Hickerson; and comedian Dave Coulier and Discovery Channel's 'Flying Wild Alaska' pilot Doug Stewart.

It's official: Alaska appreciates general aviation

Advocacy | Sep 05, 2012

Nowhere are pilots and their aircraft more vital to the well-being of their communities than in Alaska.

User survey asks feedback on Alaska training strips

Advocacy | Aug 29, 2012

You can practice short-field landings on a long, wide runway, but will you have mastered the technique when trying to land in truly tight confines?

FAA proposes closing down DF in Alaska

Advocacy | Aug 15, 2012

The FAA has asked for public comment by Sept. 10 on the proposed decommissioning of all direction finder (DF) facilities in Alaska, and 29 associated approaches, citing lack of use and the availability of newer technologies.

Resuming the Journey: Alaska mountain flying

Article | Aug 08, 2012

The two pilots took off in a Cessna 172 from a private 2,200-foot grass strip in Alaska and headed for Wiseman, about 40 miles east. The pilots were going to fly through the mountain passes of the Brooks Range, not over them, using that tried and true navigation: pilotage. The highest peak on the chart was 5,903 feet.

'Flying Wild Alaska' pilots bring adventure to Summit

Article | Aug 02, 2012

You've watched "Flying Wild Alaska" pilots fly through severe turbulence, battle fierce winds, and deal with airsick passengers. During AOPA Aviation Summit, talk to three of the pilots featured on the Discovery Channel show.