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User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2825 posts, RR: 12
Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2051 times:

I flew 61 to CDV yesterday, a trip I've done a few times before. It's a 732 combi, thru flight SEA-JNU-YAT-CDV-ANC, however this was the first time I'd done it in the winter. We couldn't land at JNU due to winds.

Anyway, the crews I've seen on this flight always seem senior, both cockpit and cabin. Yesterday, I appreciated the crew experience, with 40 knot gusts, low ceilings, wind sheer and freezing rain, I certainly couldn't relate it to any flight I'd had in recent memory.

Anyway, my question is that it seems there might be a relatively small group of crews that either bid these trips, including flight 66 and the flights to Wrangle and Petersburg. Are my observations correct?


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2035 times:

>Anyway, my question is that it seems there might be a relatively small group of crews that either bid these trips, including flight 66 and the flights to Wrangle and Petersburg. Are my observations correct?<

You are absolutely right. ANC is quite senior for pilots, as there is not much change year to year in AS Alaska service. Also, it is generally native Alaskans who are experienced with bush flying. They need them flying (not at JNU so much, as they see SEA-based 734s as well) when they do into places like DUT, YAT (Yakutat), etc. because of the demanding flying required. You cannot put your average ex-fighter pilot or fresh out of the regionals/FBOs on these routes.



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User currently offlineChugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2024 times:

Can't answer your question but I have always appreciated the professionalism of the flight crews on the intra-Alaska routes. Top notch quality.


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User currently offlineChugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

Not to nit-pick but Yakutat is YAK, not YAT Big grin


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User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2825 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2015 times:

I certainly was impressed. I've flown alot as an airline employee, and knew it took great skill. My only regret is the combi is set up where you couldn't pass on the appreciation to the captian when you get out of the plane.



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User currently offlineN743AS From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1980 times:

Most the guys on the 737-200 at Alaska are pretty senior...They're all based in ANC and if you like living up there it's choice duty. Most lines out of ANC are just turns, returning to ANC that night but then there are the runs south which have to be flown, so they fly it!

-743AS



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User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2825 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

Any follow up on the rumored faze out of the 732's? I'd heard they were trying to get the 734's certified to do combi flights.

There was a documentary of sort on AS on Seattle TV not long ago, where they interviewed one of the AS pilots in ANC, following him to King Salmon or somewhere, he'd been with them for over 20 years. You certainly get the feeling your flying into somewhere that would be quite remote if not for these flights.



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