Alpine Air Alaska was honored to be asked for the second year a row by KTVA to provide helicopter flight services for their sports coverage of the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Our pilot Turner, who flew the charter project last year, couldn’t have been more delighted. This year was a special race. Due to low snow coverage in south central and south west Alaska, the Iditarod Committee relocated the start of the race to Fairbanks. Not only would Turner and the news team see new terrain this year, but many villages who had never participated in the Race would be able to host check points.
Turner, who was born in Alaska, has to be the happiest pilot on staff. He has the biggest smile in every photo. Just imagine the thrill it must be to see parts of the state you grew up in that you have never seen before, all while on the job! The comfort the KTVA team now has with Turner, expressed to this author, makes for a pleasant work trip and a proud office flight crew.
The entire Iditarod coverage crew experienced the best of bush hospitality with home cooked meals, pies, fresh winter crab, substitute pets, and lots of sleeping bags on floors! Alpine Air is so proud of Turner for his professional service, great attitude, and wonderful photos from the field.
You can experience a fraction of what it is like to race the Iditarod on our Summer Glacier Dog Sled tours. We work with the Seavey Family who provides the sled dogs and camp which we load up to Punchbowl Glacier outside of Girdwood every summer. This year we are especially happy for the Seavey’s as Dallas and Mitch took the top two spots. Alpine Air congratulates all the teams, our tour may be shorter than the Race, but we know how much work and love goes into the multi-day event!