The BEST Episodes of Flying Wild Alaska

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2020

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Meet the unconventional Tweto family that rules Alaska's most dangerous skies. Operating their family-run airline, Era Alaska, they battle unforgiving Alaskan weather and terrain to transport life's necessities to one of the most remote and extreme regions of America. With no freeway system for hundreds of miles, Era Alaska is the lifeline for the isolated rural inhabitants of the Bering Sea coastline. From champion snow dogs bound for the Iditarod to medicine for sick children to groceries for miners working on an operation on the North Slope, the goods that the intrepid pilots ship on any given day are crucial to everyday life.

One Flying Family

#1 - One Flying Family

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 20, 2012

Era Alaska ferries fire crews to combat wildfires across the state; Ariel flies solo for the first time; Ponts navigates a deadly pass on his first training flight.

star 8.91
104 votes
New Wings Over Alaska

#2 - New Wings Over Alaska

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 13, 2012

Ariel looks for seagull eggs; Erik has a rough flight over a notorious runaway; Sarah takes her first flight in a 208.

star 8.85
104 votes
End of an Era

#3 - End of an Era

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 27, 2012

In the series finale, after 30 years of running Era Alaska, Jim Tweto sets his eye on a new path. Doug loses all avionics while flying over the North Slope. Ariel comes face to face with the FAA in the last step of getting her pilot's license.

star 8.74
82 votes
Breakup

#4 - Breakup

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 23, 2011

Era Alaska provides aid to a village devastated by heavy flooding. Two pilots get lost in a sea of fog off the Russian coast while trying to deliver desperately needed ammunition. In Anchorage, Jim's prized Cessna 180 goes up in smoke.

star 8.70
104 votes
Tundra Taxis

#5 - Tundra Taxis

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 11, 2011

In Bethel, construction crews race to finish ERA's newest hanger before the unforgiving winter snows arrive. But when Jim flies in to inspect the progress, he is far from happy. In Unalakleet, fierce crosswinds blow John Ponts' tiny 207 all over the sky.

star 8.67
140 votes
Cakes on a Plane

#6 - Cakes on a Plane

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 30, 2011

Ponts' old skate crew arrives to build a skate park for local kids on Unk's newly paved roads. Ariel takes to the skies in a new plane with dangerous results and lead Pilot Erik Snuggerud battles heavy turbulence with a very special delivery.

star 8.65
106 votes
Prop, Drop & Ball

#7 - Prop, Drop & Ball

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 6, 2012

Two pilots carry propane to a secluded fishing lodge; Luke wrestles with failing equipment over the tundra; Ponts challenges Ariel to execute a perfect landing.

star 8.59
112 votes
Bush Brawl

#8 - Bush Brawl

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 4, 2011

A dangerous frozen river landing leaves Jim and Ferno skating on thin ice, while Ariel's flying lessons end in disaster. The biggest snowstorm of the season hits, shutting down all of Western Alaska and leaving several Era pilots up in the air.

star 8.46
109 votes
Meet the Twetos

#9 - Meet the Twetos

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 14, 2011

In the frigid Alaskan town of Unalakleet, the Tweto's and their family-run airline Era Alaska Aviation battle the arctic elements to transport supplies and passengers to some of the most non-accessible spots in North America.

star 8.38
103 votes
Solar Flare Danger

#10 - Solar Flare Danger

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 15, 2012

Villagers in Wainright lose their water supply due to the Arctic cold. Solar flares leave Ponts and Ben in harm's way. In Unalakleet, a criminal is on the loose and the Tweto's are on edge.

star 8.23
79 votes
Radio Silence

#11 - Radio Silence

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 13, 2012

In the skies above western Alaska, Ariel disappears from radio contact, putting emergency services on high alert. Over the remote village of Hooper Bay, pilot Erik Snuggerud battles to touch down on a dangerously narrow runway.

star 8.23
106 votes
Every Dog Has Its Day

#12 - Every Dog Has Its Day

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 25, 2011

The Iditarod dog sled race brings big business to Era Alaska. Ferno, Ayla and Ariel Tweto run with the reindeer in Anchorage. A pilot battles malfunctioning trim control over the frozen Norton Sound and a tsunami warning threatens the entire West coast.

star 8.08
106 votes
Top of the World

#13 - Top of the World

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 16, 2011

Jim searches for a group of missing mountain climbers lost somewhere in Alaska's Brooks Range.

star 8.08
73 votes
Return to Diomede

#14 - Return to Diomede

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 29, 2012

The epic Iditarod dog sled race begins in Anchorage. Pilot Doug Stewart tests his limits while landing on a runway that is melting into the ocean. Pilot John Kapsner races to locate two snow-machiners that are lost overnight deep in the Alaskan Bush.

star 8.05
82 votes
Into the Wind

#15 - Into the Wind

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 20, 2012

Jim makes an impossible landing in Unk. Pilot Sarah Fraher battles strong headwinds while attempting to deliver 2,000 pounds of fuel to the research station. Pilot Ben Pederson braves 50 mph winds to retrieve an elusive priest for Easter service.

star 8.04
82 votes
Blizzard BBQ

#16 - Blizzard BBQ

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 2, 2011

A late winter storm threatens to shut down Era Alaska's operations. Ben encounters dangerous icing conditions on his way to St. Michael. Lead pilot, Erik, resorts to drastic measures to get desperately needed medicine to a snowed in village.

star 8.01
76 votes
Life or Death

#17 - Life or Death

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 21, 2011

Pilot Luke Hickerson transports dangerous chemicals to Atqasuk; Jim makes arrangements for the transportation of the first casualty of winter.

star 7.99
155 votes
Blow It Up

#18 - Blow It Up

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 28, 2011

In a dangerous mission, pilot Doug Doherty flies along Russian airspace to transport volatile explosives to the island of St Lawrence. In Unk, Ben slams into a large bird mid-flight.

star 7.99
147 votes
Zero Cabin Pressure

#19 - Zero Cabin Pressure

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 22, 2012

Alaska's harshest winter in years wreaks havoc on Era's fleet. Sarah Fraher's aircraft door opens mid-flight. Doug's brakes freeze on an icy runway while carrying explosive chemicals. Jim attempts a risky landing atop the frozen Anvik River.

star 7.92
78 votes
Money in the Sky

#20 - Money in the Sky

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 11, 2011

Two pilots attempt to deliver a specialty drill through a sea of fog. Luke brings the first ever ATM to Wainwright, along with a planeload of cash. Erik races to deliver passengers and critical supplies before a spring storm shuts him down.

star 7.91
113 votes
Money Pit

#21 - Money Pit

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 6, 2012

In Bethel, pilot Erik Snuggerud is plagued by mechanical issues. On Alaska's North Slope, pilots Doug Stewart and John Rende battle to keep their plane from careening off an icy runway. In Unalakleet, Ariel receives a surprise visitor.

star 7.90
84 votes
Deep Freeze

#22 - Deep Freeze

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 25, 2011

A canine delivery to Iditarod champion Lance Mackey in Fairbanks.

star 7.83
83 votes
Indian Summer

#23 - Indian Summer

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 4, 2011

Unseasonably warm weather sends Jim up to the Brooks Range to look for potential landing strips. Ferno and Ariel prepare an Eskimo feast for returning pilot John Ponts and the week ends with an icy plunge into the Unalakleet River.

star 7.80
114 votes
Tomorrow Island

#24 - Tomorrow Island

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 4, 2011

Two pilots push their limits to land vital vaccines two miles from Russia on Alaska's most treacherous runway. In Unalakleet, Ariel Tweto takes to the skies once again and proves that she still has a lot to learn.

star 7.78
116 votes
Era Alaska Rises Again

#25 - Era Alaska Rises Again

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 18, 2011

After two months of darkness, the villages of Western Alaska are desperate for fresh supplies. Jim attempts a risky landing on a frozen river and Luke has problems getting his plane in the air. A pilot flies to the Russian border to deliver vaccines.

star 7.72
109 votes