Dispatch: Bethel, Alaska

Published on April 21, 2012 by in Dispatches


Aidan’s back where he started, flying a Cessna 207 out of Bethel, Alaska. Bethel isn’t for everyone … yet as a busy regional air taxi hub to dozens of bush villages, it’s where many Alaskan flying careers have begun. Get an overview of what it’s like to live and work there, in this latest Dispatch.

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Mike Hageland started his company back in 1980 with a single Cessna 180 based in Mountain Village, Alaska. At the time, he had no idea that Hageland Aviation would one day be part of Era Alaska–the largest air carrier in the state. Back in 2010 Aidan sat down with Mike to talk about his journey. Enjoy this chat with one of the pioneers of modern Alaskan aviation!

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The first video Aidan ever shot for Oddball Pilot was this look at Era Alaska’s operations in Barrow. Take a look around, climb inside a Cessna 208 Caravan, and see what an Alaskan air taxi base is really like.

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Towing banners is a really fun job for low time pilots. Last Fall, Aidan sat down with an Era Alaska pilot to hear about his days towing banners along the New Jersey Shore … and how he got from there to flying for Era.

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Rumor has it Era Alaska is looking to hire 25-30 pilots over the next couple of months. Learn more …

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This past summer Aidan stopped by Hageland Aviation Services’ office in Anchorage, and sat down with Assistant Chief Pilot Jason Wilson to bring you the latest scoop on how to go about getting hired. Hageland is one of the companies that now makes up Era Alaska, the airline featured in Flying Wild Alaska.

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If you’ve been watching Flying Wild Alaska on the Discovery Channel, you met Era Alaska pilot Doug Doherty in the episode that aired on January 28th. We recently gave Doug a call to see what he thinks of the show, and to get you an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to fly for Era. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like to fly in bush Alaska today, here’s your chance to find out!

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