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Native Alaska by Bush Plane
From Fairbanks you can catch a ride on regularly scheduled mail planes to small, predominantly Athabascan villages along the Yukon River or to Eskimo settlements on the Arctic coast. All of the smaller air services operate the mail runs on varying schedules. If you want to visit a particular village, or just have the desire to see a bit of Alaska Native village life, contact any one of the services. Do be aware that not all villages are interested in tourism; some are more prepared than others, and in a few, you’re just going to be a nuisance. And what’s happening where can change fast, with season, with hunting conditions, with weather. Get up-to-date local information before heading out.
Era Alaska. With an extensive roster of scheduled flights to many of the bush villages in northwest Alaska, the Interior, and the North Slope of the Brooks Range, Era Alaska is one of the largest, most trusted bush flight services in the state. AK. 907/266-8394; 800/866–8394 in Alaska. www.flyera.com.
Warbelow's Air Ventures. Warbelow's Air Ventures serves approximately a dozen villages. AK. 907/474–0518 or 888/459–6250. www.warbelows.com.
Wright Air Service. Wright Air Service flies from its Fairbanks base to Interior and Brooks Range villages. AK. 907/474–0502; 800/478–0502 in Alaska. www.wrightairservice.com.
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