Era Alaska is comprised of Era Aviation (established in 1948), Frontier Flying Service (established in 1950), and Hageland Aviation Services (established in 1981). This unique blend of cultures enables cross utilization of the group's collective experience while developing, implementing and monitoring our Safety Management System approach to flying. We orient our operations around the safety attributes as listed below.
We believe the following six safety attributes to be integral components of our flight safety standards. We require our tasks to have procedures (#1), controls (#2) and each task has a person with the authority (#3) and responsibility for oversight of a particular task (#4). Processes and procedures are interfaced (#5) to provide the employee with the greatest amount of information and resources associated with the task at hand. We continuously implement process measurements (#6) in an effort to evaluate our processes and procedures for effectiveness. These safety attributes have the full support of each Era Alaska owner and the members of the Board of Directors.
Era Alaska believes our employees to be our most valuable asset. When hired, all new employees are required to attend formal job-specific training and then complete a robust on-the-job training program before working unsupervised. As each employee's career with us matures, they continue to receive recurrent training on job-specific tasks.
The crews that pilot Era Alaska aircraft receive formal aircraft system-specific classroom training, simulator flight procedures training, and actual aircraft flight training prior to being posted to an assignment. All our two pilot crews are trained in Cockpit Resource Management (CRM) and use CRM concepts during each flight. After posting, our flight crews are evaluated by a supervisory check airman during flight checks, semi-annual and annual proficiency checks, and recurrent ground training classes.
Era Alaska’s aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art navigation aids ranging from Capstone Avionics to GPS systems. Era Alaska flights are scheduled under the principle of operational control which ensures that we do not send a flight out unless the pilot-in-command and a dispatcher or flight coordinator are in agreement that all conditions necessary for a safe flight exist.
Era Alaska has aircraft maintenance facilities in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Palmer, Nome, Bethel and Kotzebue. All of Era Alaska’s aircraft maintenance is done by and/or overseen by our own Era Alaska FAA licensed Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) and inspectors. The AMTs regularly perform routine and non-routine maintenance while our Inspectors ensure quality control in all aspects of maintenance activities. Depending on the location, our maintenance facilities are staffed from 14 to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Era Alaska aircraft inspection teams use CASS or CAMP programs for tracking and trend monitoring in an effort to quantify the data that is used in our preventative maintenance programs.
All three Era Alaska carriers are active participants in the Medallion Foundation Safety Program. The Era Alaska Safety Department works closely with the Medallion Foundation, the Regional Air Carriers Association, the Aviation Safety Council of Alaska, and the Alaska Air Carriers Association to ensure that the Era Alaska team continues to foster a positive safety culture.
We are continuously in pursuit of making flying in and from Alaska a safer, more pleasurable experience for our customers and employees.
Vice President of Safety