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This past summer I interviewed Ben Rowe, who was the chief pilot of Bering Air at the time.

Bering Air has been operating out of Nome since 1979 when Ben’s parents started the company. Today, they fly many different aircraft out of Nome, Kotzebue, and Unalakleet–including 207s, Caravans, King Airs, 1900s, CASA 212s, and helicopters.

A Bering Air Casa 212 in Golovin.

A Bering Air 1900 on the ramp at Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island.

In this interview Ben talks about the founding of the company, growing up around aviation, and the history of aviation in Nome. He explains what a typical day is like for Bering Air pilots, what they look for in new hires, what pilot housing is like, the recreational opportunities around Nome, and the best way to go about applying for a job.

Shortly after this interview Ben got a job flying a jet on long haul routes for FedEx. I’ll try to do a followup interview sometime to see what he thinks of the transition!


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