The Discovery Channel announced in a press release Tuesday that "Flying Wild Alaska," its reality TV show following Alaska bush pilots working from some of Era Alaska's remote outposts, will return for its second season on Friday, Oct. 28.
The first season of the show opened with the highest-rated debut in the history of the Discovery Channel, and paired up with "Gold Rush: Alaska" for a night of Alaska-themed reality programming every Friday. Both shows will have their second-season debut on the same night. Discovery had previously confirmed that production was under way on the second season of both shows, and cast members of "Flying Wild Alaska" were spotted along the Iditarod Trail earlier this year.
"Flying Wild Alaska" follows several pilots working for Era Alaska from some of the more isolated bases, including Unalakleet, Barrow and Nome, often flying to even more remote, off-airport locations to drop off and pick up hunters, miners and scientists. The show centers around the Tweto family -- which owns the airline -- especially Jim Tweto, the father of three girls and husband to the tough Ferno. One of the girls, Ariel, makes appearances in nearly every episode and has become a favorite guest of late-night television host Craig Ferguson.
According to the press release, the second season will see new cargo and events but will follow the same basic premise, tracking the flights of several pilots as they try to get their cargo -- usually unusual, like explosive-tipped harpoons or a wedding cake -- safely to its destination, outrunning weather and dealing with the innumerable major and minor catastrophes that can occur on any given flight.
The second season will feature the delivery of a village's first ever ATM -- complete with a shipment of cash to stock it -- and Ferno, Ariel and Ayla Tweto will compete in the annual "Running of the Reindeer" tradition at Alaska's Fur Rondy, according to the press release.
Alaska Dispatch recapped every episode of "Flying Wild Alaska" last year and plans to do so again for the upcoming season. Check Bush Pilot for updates as the season continues.
Contact Ben Anderson at ben(at)alaskadispatch.com