The unconventional Tweto family rules Alaska's dangerous skies.
Operating their family-run airline, Era Alaska, the Tweto's fight the elements to transport life's necessities to one of the most remote and extreme regions of America.
With no major roads for hundreds of miles, Era Alaska is the lifeline for the isolated rural inhabitants of the Bering Sea coastline. Run by wildly determined Jim; his wife, cargo runner and dispatcher, Ferno; and supported by their two daughters Ayla and Ariel - the family business is essential to the livelihood of thousands of people within the state.
Is that a bird...?
A Flying Wild Alaska pilot surveys the skies
Battling -40F degree winters and hurricane-like winds for months on end, the intrepid pilots of Era Alaska are among the best in the world. Ranging from a professional skateboarder in search of ultimate freedom to a local Alaskan native who has grown up in the business, they combat big storms in small planes — a scenario only suited for the bravest and most experienced, especially with such precious cargo. From champion snow dogs bound for the Iditarod, medicine for sick children, to groceries for miners working on the North Slope and caskets - Era Alaska transports a wide range of goods.
Era Alaska was founded in the small city of Unalakleet with just one small plane and a service area of a few hundred miles. Today, the company has nearly 75 planes and destinations throughout the large state. Valued at millions, the airline handles everything from large, cross state commuter flights to tiny off-airport "bush" flights. Despite his company's achievements, Jim refuses to relax for even an instant, because he knows that his community's well-being depends on him.
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