"Flying Wild Alaska" Life or Death (TV Episode ) - IMDb
The second season finale of the Discovery Channel's show about Alaska Bush pilots is all about new beginnings, as Ariel Tweto takes her first. This article talks about what Ariel Tweto, one of the stars of hit Discovery show Flying Wild Alaska, is up to now that the show has concluded. Exciting news!!!!!! The pilot of my new show True Alaska is going to air on November 8 at 11 pm EST on @travelchannel! Please share and tell all your.
Ariel says she used to dig her chin into her opponents' backs to help her win. Ariel does a fairly smooth takeoff, cruises for a bit, then attempts a landing before Ponts takes over and aborts it because she was taking too long to touch down. Ariel is a little frustrated with herself. Later, it's Ponts' turn to be frustrated as Ariel shows some ignorance over the instrument panel.
Ponts points out the altimeter to her before they take off, but Ariel has to ask again in the air which gauge it is. Ponts does a bit of stall training with her, banking the plane upwards and asking her to operate the rudder while he controls everything else.
Ariel's Still Flying High
Ponts has to help some, but they get themselves righted soon enough. Ferno says that oftentimes, the worst drivers can become the best pilots, then mentions that Ariel is a terrible driver. Ariel, Ferno, Ariel's sister Ayla, and Ponts also enjoy a dip in the hot springs of Granite Mountain, meeting Jim in the middle to swap passengers on the way back from Kotzebue.
Domestic bliss Jim is making a trip to two cabins on the Yellow River, where two snowbirds have asked him to check on their respective cabins before winter sets in in earnest. Ferno's along for the ride, eager to go with Jim for the day. I'll fly with him anywhere," she says. Jim's got a floppy-eared hat on, which sits comically over his bulky headset.
My wife said it makes him look like the Flying Nun.
They're going to check on the suspicious owner's cabin first, since he's specifically requested that they look for signs of a break-in. Jim lands on a snow-covered gravel bar, cautiously taxiing to make sure he doesn't end up on the thin ice where the gravel bar ends and the river begins. After landing, Ferno fearlessly struts out as the ice cracks slightly underneath her. Jim takes a more circuitous route and slides across more solid ice further up.
Tweto encourages anyone making a trip to Alaska to be around during the Iditarod sled dog race every March. Everyone is so excited because the day light is back; the sun is coming back out and the weather is warming up.
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You sit and talk to the mushers and hear their stories. Last year around this time, a Kenai salmon trip netted some big fish, including one that the diminutive but feisty woman temporarily lost the battle to while winning the war. The Philippines beckon in the coming months. She has the same passion for aviation as her parents did dating back to their humbling start in the industry in Alaska.
Recap: 'Flying Wild Alaska -- One Flying Family' - Anchorage Daily News
One thing about Oprah is she connects with people, and I like that. She built an empire and I just want to build my own brand and inspire people. Finally, as they're getting prepared to take off, Ponts sees the low fuel levels, the result of Dronenberg interfering with the gauges' circuit breakers. He aborts the takeoff, and Dronenberg congratulates him on the catch.
They're flying lower than necessary to simulate low cloud cover, despite the clear weather. The idea is to avoid getting into a situation in the tricky canyons and smaller passes that come off of Merrill Pass.
Especially worth avoiding are the boxed-out canyons, aviation's equivalent of a dead end. To get out of a boxed-out canyon in low cloud cover, a pilot has to either pull a U-turn, risking collision with the canyon walls, or pull up at the dead end, risking a stall if the climb is too steep.
Ponts finds himself in one of these canyons, but fortunately it's wide enough to turn around without too much of a problem. It would be even harder during the winter months, I imagine, as any telling rock features would be lost in a sea of solid, indistinct white snow. Eventually, Ponts finds the correct route and they touch down safely back in Bethel. Ariel takes a solo When Ponts left Unalakleet, Ariel lost her flight instructor a good portion into her pilot's training.
To compensate, Era pilot and Unalakleet native Luke Hickerson, a lead pilot based in Barrow, flies down to do some training with Ariel. Ariel's had her fair share of setbacks, but she's improved noticeably in her time in the cockpit.
She still tends to forget certain tasks, seemingly overwhelmed by the sheer number of things to remember. She's approaching the time for her first solo, unaccompanied flight, and Luke is there to refine some of her skills. They don't waste any time, heading out to do some touch and goes.
Ariel dips the right wing at takeoff, and the first landing is a little rough, but Luke gives her some pointers and she nails the next couple of runs.
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Luke seems to be a better teacher than Ponts, who would get frustrated with Ariel, but Luke is inheriting Ariel when she's further along in her training. If I make a mistake, it's over. She runs through her checklists and taxis down the runway. She doesn't seem to happy that Ariel's going to be taking her first solo, but they watch her take off and it's smooth as any she's done, as is her first landing.
She similarly nails the second touch and go. As she's looping back around for her final touchdown, the wind suddenly shifts direction and kicks up to a gusty 27 mph.