I flew to Katmai today, twice, four one-ways down the coast where the Beaver is missing. Swickshak to Cape Douglas looking for... anything. Telling my passengers that I just like the view down low. A couple of CAP planes out searching, I saw at least one helicopter out there looking and heard some more on 123.1. I kept thinking how much it would suck to be alive in a wreck (ala the guy in the copilot seat in the Stevens wreck) waiting for help. On the second arrival back to Homer there is a C-130 doing T and G's.... I know the area they are searching, and am here to tell you it is not so congested with search aircraft that this plane couldn't have helped out. If I am missing I want everyone, piper cubs, ultra-lights, Airforce 1, and all you guys to be searching for my skinny ass. It really pissed me off that the training command didn't think to use that jet fuel and personnel for a worthy mission... I know that they would rather being doing that than T&Gs. Too bad for the Beaver folks that a Senator wasn't on board, as I can pretty much guarantee that no c-130s were doing training in Dillingham when he went down.
75% of aircraft accidents in Alaska happen in August, be careful out there.