Flying Wild Alaska

Common Sense Media says

Alaska family pilots unfriendly skies in warm reality show.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Teamwork and cooperation are the only way that anyone survives in this northern, isolated part of Alaska. The family and their employees all pull together to overcome difficult situations including fuel shortages, broken planes, and dangerous flying conditions.

Positive role models

Family patriarch and company head Jim Tweto is calm, collected, and a master at dealing with difficult situations, all of which seem to be needed qualities in his line of work and geographic region. He and his wife Ferno are a good team and a couple who genuinely seem to enjoy each other's company after decades of marriage. The work crew provides a great example of responsible action and a strong work ethic.

Violence

Airplane crashes, including Jim Tweto's accident where he broke his neck, are discussed on the show, as well as the possibility of death. Also, the Twetos' airplane company flies in a lot of big game hunters, so there is mention of killing animals for meat.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Language includes "pissed," "crap," and sucks." Rare, and fully beeped "f--k," as in the word "clusterf--k" when characters are frustrated.

Consumerism

Planes, identifited by type and name, are presented as coveted objects.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parent need to know that this adventurous reality series provides an exciting look at a small family business situated in a region of the United States that most people have never experienced. Beautiful shots of the Alaskan tundra, mountains, and rivers inspire a respect for the wilderness and environment. Unlike many other reality shows, this one focuses on the positive relationships of the featured family and steers clear of relationship drama. Aside from some occasional language ("crap," "sucks," and a rare, bleeped "f--k"), the series is an unproblematic and potentially exciting choice for family viewing.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

The Tweto family runs an airline company, Era Alaska, out of the tiny town of Unakleet, Alaska, where they deliver packages and travelers to the deepest reaches of the state. The lack of freeway system in this area of Alaska means that the Twetos' airline is responsible for keeping essential goods delivered to rural residents along the Bering Sea. The family members -- Jim, the patriarch and business owner, Ferno, his wife and business partner, and the two spunky daughters, Ariel and Ayla -- all work together to keep the business running smoothly and the family strong and happy.

Is it any good?

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This exciting reality series keeps the complications coming for the Tweto family. From broken down airplanes to fuel shortages and scary back country landings, FLYING WILD ALASKA offers fast-paced entertainment that's appropriate, and interesting, for a range of ages. There's also a lot of educational information to be gleaned from the show. The art of marshalling (guiding planes onto the runway and into parking spots) is touched upon, as are the complications of running a small business in an extremely remote location. There's plenty to learn about fuel contamination, the rate of small plane crashes, and the skills involved in flying small aircraft in Alaska. That's not to say that the show is dry -- all of the information is presented in a way that feels less like a school lesson and more like straight entertainment.

The main stars of the show, even when competing with the stunning Alaskan wilderness and the tough little planes that fly through it, are the Tweto family. Not only do they obviously love and respect each other, they actually seem to genuinely enjoy each other's company -- a definite positive for families looking for some entertainment to enjoy together.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reality television. Do you think that this show is filmed to make events look more dangerous than they actually are? Why or why not? What techniques do reality shows use to keep viewers interested?

  • What are the challenges of living in a place as rural as the communities in northern Alaska? Would you want to live in someplace like this?

  • How do the pilots deal with stressful situations? How would you handle running into a dangerous fog bank? What skills do pilots need to succeed in rural Alaska?

  • The Tweto family works and lives together. Would you want to work and live with your family? What do you think would be difficult about it? What do you think might be fun?

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Parent of a 7 year old Written byaerofast January 22, 2011
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7
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unique alaskan family

no matter the things that go wrong everyone keeps moving ahead in a positive way

What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old Written bylebanonberry December 14, 2011
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7
QUALITY
 

amazing

its a relly good show!!

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism

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