Alaskan pilots pioneer new Russia route
The Alaska Airmen's Association wants Russian permission to fly beyond Provideniya (left) to Anadyr, some 300 miles away.
By Jeffrey Hope
KTUU-TVAnchorage, Alaska - Anchorage, Alaska - Five years ago, an effort began that would allow private pilots to fly their own planes from Nome across the Bering Sea to Russia. At first, Russian officials said it couldn't be done, saying the airspace is only for the military.Today it's a published international route. With a passport, visa and a little patience, just about anyone can fly the route from Nome to Provideniya. Great, say Alaskan pilots, but let's keep going.