Fairbanks Aviation Insights
For pilots or passengers on chartered flights, the arch is a symbolic start to their journey into rural Alaska. Unlike with major air carriers, most of the flights that leave from this half of the airport are destined for small villages or wilderness areas with only a handful of people and a very specific purpose in mind.
The aviation maintenance program is the oldest vocational program in the statewide university system, and is growing in leaps and bounds. Perhaps surprisingly, there is even greater demand for these services in the Interior and Arctic regions than near Anchorage or Juneau.
In rural Alaskan villages with no road access, nearly all goods must be transported by air. This includes fuel, which requires special aircraft equipped with aluminum tanks to handle 2,000−5,000 gallons of fuel and certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.