Until the start of the new millennium, the business of monitoring helicopters as they flew over inhospitable expanses of land or water could be a haphazard affair, especially when the helicopter was out of radar or radio contact. Given the altitudes at which rotorcraft routinely fly, that accounts for a large proportion of airborne time and, as such, was something that many pilots preferred not to think about.
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska
Alaska Aerofuel of Fairbanks, Alaska (PAFA), cut the ribbon on a new hangar last month, with on-site U.S. Customs office, pilot lounge, snooze rooms, showers, a conference room and passenger lounge with flat-screen plasma televisions and hi-speed Internet access. Ed McClure, director of customer service, said most of the FBO’s linemen have more than 10 years’ experience and consistently turn tech stops in less than 30 minutes.