Alaska Piloten - Eine Familie hebt ab

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Riesige Entfernungen, Eis, Dunkelheit: Für Alaska muss man geboren sein. Die Natur kennt dort kein Mittelmaß. Doch Jim Tweto und seine Familie lassen die Menschen dort diese extremen Bedingungen fast vergessen: Der erfahrene Buschpilot und die Angestellten seiner Fluglinie "Era Alaska" versorgen die Bewohner des nördlichsten US-Bundesstaats per Flugzeug oder Helikopter mit lebenswichtigen Gütern - auch im Winter bei minus 30 Grad. Denn Straßen gibt es rund um den 700 Seelen-Ort Unalakleet, wo man Menschen auf dem Snow-Mobil mit GPS-Sendern ausstattet, damit sie im Schneegestöber nicht verloren gehen, nur wenige. Nicht nur Jim und seine Piloten wissen mit dem Steuerknüppel eines Flugzeugs umzugehen, sondern auch seine Frau Ferno und die beiden hübschen Töchter Ariel und Ayla - das hat im Familienbetrieb Tradition. Außerdem packen die drei bei der Arbeit im Luftfahrtunternehmen kräftig mit an. Wenn der Ausnahme-Pilot Jim mal wieder bei schlechter Sicht auf eisglatter Piste zur Landung ansetzt, sitzen sie am Funkgerät. Oder beladen die über 70 Flieger der Linie mit Post und Medikamenten.

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Episode Description

1

Ready for Take Off

Am Tag seiner eigenen Hochzeit war Jim Tweto so müde, dass er die ganze Party verschlief. Der Buschpilot hatte wieder mal einen anstrengenden Flug hinter sich. Doch seine Frau war ihm nicht lange böse, schließlich weiß sie, was sie an ihm hat. Die erste Episode der Doku-Serie stellt die Twetos vor – eine Familie, die in Alaska nichts auseinander bringt.

2

Gefährliche Fracht

Diese Fracht möchte Luke Hickerson so schnell wie möglich wieder loswerden.. Der Buschpilot hat auf seinem Flug in das 200-Seelen-Nest Atqasuk gefährliche Chemikalien an Bord. In Unakaleet fordert der lange, harte Winter sein erstes Opfer. Und auch bei Todesfällen geht es in Alaska meist nicht ohne das Flugzeug.

3

Vorsicht, explosiv

In a dangerous mission, pilot Doug Doherty flies along Russian airspace to transport volatile explosives to the island of St Lawrence. In Unk, Ben slams into a large bird mid-flight.

4

Der Traum vom Fliegen

Unseasonably warm weather sends Jim up to the Brooks Range to look for potential landing strips. Ferno and Ariel prepare an Eskimo feast for returning pilot John Ponts and the week ends with an icy plunge into the Unalakleet River.

5

Licht und Schatten

In Bethel, construction crews race to finish ERA's newest hanger before the unforgiving winter snows arrive. But when Jim flies in to inspect the progress, he is far from happy. In Unalakleet, fierce crosswinds blow John Ponts' tiny 207 all over the sky.

6

Der Jungspund

Pilot Yuri Ivanoff trains in Bethel; Jim tries to do a river landing in Unalakleet.

7

Der Champion

A canine delivery to Iditarod champion Lance Mackey in Fairbanks.

8

Zeit zu zweit

A dangerous frozen river landing leaves Jim and Ferno skating on thin ice, while Ariel's flying lessons end in disaster. The biggest snowstorm of the season hits, shutting down all of Western Alaska and leaving several Era pilots up in the air.

9

Das Halloween-Hühnchen

Halloween in Alaska brings vicious crosswinds that wreak havoc on Era's small planes. Ariel hopes to learn the family business in Unk, but a power blackout tests her abilities when she takes over as station manager.

10

Die Flugjungfrau

The approaching winter darkness fuels a mass exodus from Unalakleet. In Barrow, a bootlegger attempts to smuggle in illegal liquor and Luke races to complete a daring rescue before the sun sets for two months straight.
Episode Description

1

Arktische Stürme

John Ponts fights heavy turbulence and angry passengers on a flight through the Nulato Hills. Jim and Ferno's leave the terminal in the hands of the pilots and Sarah's flight to rescue a villager lost in a storm turns into a battle for her own survival.

2

Impfstoff für Little Diomede

Two pilots push their limits to land vital vaccines two miles from Russia on Alaska's most treacherous runway. In Unalakleet, Ariel Tweto takes to the skies once again and proves that she still has a lot to learn.

3

Geld an Bord

Two pilots attempt to deliver a specialty drill through a sea of fog. Luke brings the first ever ATM to Wainwright, along with a planeload of cash. Erik races to deliver passengers and critical supplies before a spring storm shuts him down.

4

Sonnenaufgang

After two months of darkness, the villages of Western Alaska are desperate for fresh supplies. Jim attempts a risky landing on a frozen river and Luke has problems getting his plane in the air. A pilot flies to the Russian border to deliver vaccines.

5

Mission Iditarod

The Iditarod dog sled race brings big business to Era Alaska. Ferno, Ayla and Ariel Tweto run with the reindeer in Anchorage. A pilot battles malfunctioning trim control over the frozen Norton Sound and a tsunami warning threatens the entire West coast.

6

Eingeschneit

A late winter storm threatens to shut down Era Alaska's operations. Ben encounters dangerous icing conditions on his way to St. Michael. Lead pilot, Erik, resorts to drastic measures to get desperately needed medicine to a snowed in village.

7

Der Natur auf der Spur

A group of world-renowned rock climbers arrive in Unalakleet and Jim must fly them deep into the remote Brooks Range.

8

Tauwetter

Jim searches for a group of missing mountain climbers lost somewhere in Alaska's Brooks Range.

9

Das Eis bricht

Era Alaska provides aid to a village devastated by heavy flooding. Two pilots get lost in a sea of fog off the Russian coast while trying to deliver desperately needed ammunition. In Anchorage, Jim's prized Cessna 180 goes up in smoke.

10

Süße Ladung

Ponts' old skate crew arrives to build a skate park for local kids on Unk's newly paved roads. Ariel takes to the skies in a new plane with dangerous results and lead Pilot Erik Snuggerud battles heavy turbulence with a very special delivery.

11

Gefährliches Propan

Two pilots carry propane to a secluded fishing lodge; Luke wrestles with failing equipment over the tundra; Ponts challenges Ariel to execute a perfect landing.

12

Aufstieg für Sarah

Ariel looks for seagull eggs; Erik has a rough flight over a notorious runaway; Sarah takes her first flight in a 208.

13

Ariels Soloflug

Era Alaska ferries fire crews to combat wildfires across the state; Ariel flies solo for the first time; Ponts navigates a deadly pass on his first training flight.
Episode Description

1

Running Out of Time

Era digs deep to survive a brutal winter. Ariel joins in on a desperate search for her missing friend. Sarah Fraher attempts a difficult landing to aid a pilot stranded mid-runway. Ponts attempts an emergency medical drop over the isolated Kavik camp.

2

Solar Flare Danger

Villagers in Wainright lose their water supply due to the Arctic cold. Solar flares leave Ponts and Ben in harm's way. In Unalakleet, a criminal is on the loose and the Tweto's are on edge.

3

Zero Cabin Pressure

Alaska's harshest winter in years wreaks havoc on Era's fleet. Sarah Fraher's aircraft door opens mid-flight. Doug's brakes freeze on an icy runway while carrying explosive chemicals. Jim attempts a risky landing atop the frozen Anvik River.

4

Return to Diomede

The epic Iditarod dog sled race begins in Anchorage. Pilot Doug Stewart tests his limits while landing on a runway that is melting into the ocean. Pilot John Kapsner races to locate two snow-machiners that are lost overnight deep in the Alaskan Bush.

5

Money Pit

In Bethel, pilot Erik Snuggerud is plagued by mechanical issues. On Alaska's North Slope, pilots Doug Stewart and John Rende battle to keep their plane from careening off an icy runway. In Unalakleet, Ariel receives a surprise visitor.

6

Radio Silence

In the skies above western Alaska, Ariel disappears from radio contact, putting emergency services on high alert. Over the remote village of Hooper Bay, pilot Erik Snuggerud battles to touch down on a dangerously narrow runway.

7

Into the Wind

Jim makes an impossible landing in Unk. Pilot Sarah Fraher battles strong headwinds while attempting to deliver 2,000 pounds of fuel to the research station. Pilot Ben Pederson braves 50 mph winds to retrieve an elusive priest for Easter service.

8

End of an Era

In the series finale, after 30 years of running Era Alaska, Jim Tweto sets his eye on a new path. Doug loses all avionics while flying over the North Slope. Ariel comes face to face with the FAA in the last step of getting her pilot's license.