“Flying Wild Alaska” back for Season 3 in June

Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska will return for Season 3 starting June 8, airing Fridays at 10pm ET/PT. The series continues to chronicle how the Tweto family — husband and wife Jim and Ferno, and their daughters Ariel (pictured above) and Ayla  — provide the only lifeline to the small, isolated communities of northern Alaska via their regional airline, Era Alaska. According to a press release, in Season 3, the Twetos and Era Alaska’s pilots operate in the worst weather that Alaska has seen in decades.

Among other Season 3 highlights indicated in the release:

·  Ariel Tweto continues her quest to get her pilot’s license and faces the biggest obstacle of her career

·  Massive solar flares wreak havoc on airplane equipment across the state

·  Pilot Sarah Fraher has a sudden mid-air breach at 3,000 feet — in -40 degree F temperatures

·  Ariel joins a search-and-rescue team to help find a missing friend

·  Pilot John Ponts is once again the rookie as he is transferred to Era’s most unforgiving hub: Barrow, Alaska

·  Pilot Erik Snuggerud’s moose hunt turns into a fight for survival

·  Pilot Doug Stewart attempts to land on a treacherous runway to fly schoolkids out for their first visit ever to the mainland

·  John Kapsner and his co-pilot race to find stranded snow machiners who have been out overnight in the deadly cold

·  Pilot Ben Pedersen attempts to retrieve a priest in 40 mph winds so he can deliver Easter mass in the villages

·  Jim Tweto hopes to build a new cabin and gold mine, but must get 15,000 pounds of equipment across a thawing river to make his dream a reality


Photo credit: Mike O’Hara/Discovery Channel