Discovering Alaska Volume 3: ASA 183 – ANC to FAI
After Era wouldn’t let us fly with them for a while, we had to look for other opportunities to explore Alaska. It happened to be that Alaska Airlines was hiring new pilots, so we decided to give them a try. We signed a contract for 6 flights to begin with. Our first assignment was to fly with N526AS, a 2009-built Boeing 737-800, from Anchorage to Fairbanks. Our destination is the second largest city in the state of Alaska, after Anchorage, and is located some 220 miles northeast of ANC.
The routing for today: Take-Off on runway 07R in ANC, then we perform a left turn to avoid the mountains and fly towards our first waypoint “TAGER”. On our way we will overfly Talkeetna Airport, located in the vicinity of Mount McKinley, and Nenana Muni Airport. Closing in onto the latter, we will start our descend into Fairbanks. We will be landing on runway 02L and make good use of their ILS system. Weather conditions will be terrible for PAX and awesome for us. Snow and visibility below 1 mile.
We are sitting at Gate B4 and together with our F/O Johnny (that’s what I call my FS2Crew buddy) we set up N526AS for our short trip to Fairbanks. The weather in Anchorage is beautiful – few clouds and chilly 23°F.
Thanks for taking the time to read today’s report. The next flight will be from Fairbanks to Deadhorse, this time with the “classic” B737-400. The flight to Fairbanks already marks the northernmost point I have landed at in FS so far. Deadhorse will be an additional 325 miles north of this. It doesn’t get any “higher” than this on the map.