For your Safety

Alaska Air Transit goes well beyond Federal Aviation Regulations 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 safety risk. Under the auspices of the Medallion Foundation, we are developing a Safety Management System (SMS), that applies a systematic business approach to safety.

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 formal training backgrounds and solid operational experience (as of January 2015, all of our pilots are prior military flyers). Additionally, all have had years of Alaska flying experience. Their flying demeanor is predictable and unexciting.

Even with these qualifications, before we release them to fly with our customers, we provide substantial additional training and route experience that exceeds FAA requirements.

Our aircraft are modern designs, and newer than most, if not all other fleets in Alaska. 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, and it shows in their cleanliness and reliability. No beat up jalopies here!

Alaska Air Transit is active in the Medallion Foundation. Medallion is a standards based aviation safety program, that was founded to improve the culture of aviation safety in Alaska. Medallion participating carriers voluntarily hold themselves to higher standards than required by federal regulations.

  • The Medallion Foundation provides training that a participating company uses to develop and implement its safety programs. Then, Medallion examiners audit the company yearly to verify compliance with Medallion standards. A Medallion “star” award indicates that a company has successfully passing its Medallion audit.

  • We earned our first Medallion “star” in 2006 for our CFIT prevention program, which addresses one of the greatest risks in Alaskan aviation, controlled flight into terrain.

  • We earned our second Medallion “star” in 2014 for our Operational Control program. Among our practices that exceed FAA requirements, your pilot and a Flight Coordinator separately 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, flight operations management is brought into this decision making process.

  • In the spring of 2016, we began development of a Medallion Foundation audit compliant Safety Management System (SMS). Two of our people have received SMS training, and are managing program development.

Since 2009, the company has passed annual safety audits administered by the world’s largest gold mining company. And, in 2014, AAT passed its first oil company audit, required to begin serving that company’s north slope operation.

All AAT aircraft are equipped with advanced WAAS GPS navigation and terrain alerting. This ensures that our pilots have the most accurate navigation available, as well as excellent terrain awareness.

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.