Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bush Pilots Fly to Twin Hills, Alaska

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett

To shoot some Alaskan Bush Pilot footage, Wes Woodland, a producer and editor from Los Angeles, flew along with me in our Cherokee Warrior II so he could interview Tommy Tucker of Tucker Aviation. We flew to a small village near Togiak, Alaska called Twin Hills, which is about 40 miles Northwest of Dillingham.

Wes (left) and Tommy pose for a shot in the Tucker Aviation hanger before we fly off to Twin Hills.

To get to Twin Hills one must fly through a mountain pass. I followed Tommy's Cessna, we switched to an unused frequency, and he told me where to plot the way-points on my GPS to make a safe journey through the pass. This was valuable information for me in case I ever get stuck in bad weather going to Togiak and back. Shown below is a shot of Tommy's Cessna taken from our Warrior II before we enter the mountan pass.

After landing on the small gravel strip in Twin Hills, Tommy helps the dentist and her assistant unload dental supplies. He will return to pick them up in a few days.

More villagers arrive to help tranfer the load.

Wes gets an interview with Bush Pilot Tommy Tucker.

Here is the beautiful little village of Twin Hills.

Here are the actual hills the Twin Hills was named after.

Safe flying out there!


CTQ said...

I'm glad I came across this posting. My niece left Wisconsin today for one of the teaching positions in Twin Hills. It was great to see the photos of the town and the information about flying into Twin Hills. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

This post is wonderful. I have a daughter who left this morning for Twin Hills, Alaska. She will be teaching there this year. This gives me a glimpse of where she will be living. My brother sent me the link, he found it while researching Twin Hills. Loved the pictures!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad we were able to help. Togiak and Twin Hills are very beautiful villages. Fr. Scott

Anonymous said...

Happy to find these photos and info too. I'm going to be subbing for six weeks for one of the Twin Hills teachers, maybe the niece of the above. Excited!

Anonymous said...

My daughter will be teaching here beginning this summer. Thanks for the info