July 2019 Issue

North To Alaska

Flying a personal aircraft to the 49th state is an amazing experience but requires a comprehensive approach to managing the associated risks.

Please donít consider this article to represent the level of preparation youíll need to do this trip yourself. Much has changed in Alaskaís flying environment in the last 20 years, and Iím pleased that some of the work I supported there as an FAA executive during my last trip resulted in safety improvements. My two trips help illustrate some of the risk management issues you will need to consider if you decide to go. But you should complete a much more extensive risk analysis when planning your own trip.

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