For your Safety

Alaska Air Transit goes well beyond FAA regulatory standards to ensure your safety.

We hire exclusively pilots with solid pedigrees and operate only newer aircraft that are fully equipped with modern safety equipment. We apply a continuous improvement safety culture, and have implemented proactive safety programs to manage risk.

The demands of our operating environments compel us to employ only well qualified pilots. Our pilots are mature, experienced professionals that came to us with solid training backgrounds and operational experience. Their flying demeanor is predictable and unexciting.

Before we release "new" pilots to fly with our customers, we provide substantial additional training and route experience that exceeds FAA requirements.

Our fleet is made up of exclusively newer, efficient and safe turboprop designs. They are fully equipped with modern safety technologies, and we train our pilots extensively in their use. We commit the resources to maintain our planes well.

Alaska Air Transit has developed a standards based aviation safety program, with internal and external safety auditing. We voluntarily hold ourselves to higher standards than required by federal regulations. For example:

  • We have a CFIT prevention program, which addresses one of the greatest risks in Alaskan aviation, controlled flight into terrain. This program consists of well defined policies, procedures, and training that all of our pilots complete before "line" flying, and repeat during annual recurring training.

  • AAT's Operational Control program greatly exceeds FAA requirements. It includes use of a Flight Coordinator to in order to apply major airline style dispatch practices to our flight operations. Your pilot and a Flight Coordinator perform a flight risk assessment before any flight is dispatched. Both must agree that weather and other factors are within acceptable risk levels to dispatch the flight. In marginal conditions, this decision making process is escalated to include flight operations management. After dispatch, the Flight Coordinator "follows" the flight, monitoring its progress and communicating updated weather information to the pilot via satellite based text messaging.

  • We are in the process of developing an audit compliant Safety Management System (SMS), which that applies a systematic business approach to safety. We have hired an experienced aviation safety professional, a former director of safety for the U.S. Fifth Air Force, to lead this effort.

In addition to internal audits, Alaska Air Transit undergoes annual safety audits administered by the world’s largest gold producer.

All AAT aircraft are equipped with advanced WAAS GPS navigation, terrain alerting, and traffic awareness systems. This ensures that our pilots have the most accurate navigation available, excellent terrain awareness, and helps prevent getting surprised by other aircraft in close proximity.

Alaska Air Transit operates exclusively newer aircraft with advance safety technologies

To complement to the new technology 406 MHz satellite based emergency locator transmitter (“406 ELT”) installed on all of our aircraft, Alaska Air Transit uses Spidertracks satellite flight tracking to ensure that our flight follower always knows the location of our aircraft.