In Alaska, over 250 communities are not accessible by road and 100 communities have less than 100 residents. Thousands of homesteads, cabins, subsistence fish camps, and hunting and fishing lodges are scattered throughout the state, often with as much as 50 miles from the nearest neighbor.
Typical Alaskan weather makes air transportation sporadic throughout the year, leaving travelers stranded for weeks at a time and villagers cut off.
Our flights to many of the coastal or interior villages can be the equivalent of flying a small plane from New York City to Louisville, KY or from Atlanta, GA to Houston, TX.
A typical winter missions trip to a Yukon River village requires a nine hour drive to the Yukon, followed by a hundred miles out and back on snowmachines along treacherous river ice in sub-zero temperatures.