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Aviation-dependent Alaska hit hard by pilot shortage

Matt Gallagher, a pilot for Warbelow's Air, cleaning snow off an airplane in sub-zero temperatures before taking off for a flight. He is leaving next spring for a job in Colorado to be closer to his family and to seize the chance to move on to bigger and faster aircraft.

Fairbanks, Alaska

NEVER climb into an airplane cockpit in winter without your best military-grade arctic boots, rated to -60 degrees Fahrenheit (-51 degrees Celsius). Green, cocky pilots fresh from the "lower 48" (the continental states of the US excluding Alaska) tend to forget that rule...

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