FSS in Alaska

DotPusher

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I've washed out of a center and the NEST is recommending me for FSS in AK, at Dillingham or Ketchikan. I hadn't ever looked into FSS, much less in AK. I guess you could say it wasn't on my radar. What can anyone tell me about those? Anything would be helpful.
How the training is handled.
How to move or rent once there.
Anything I should expect.
 

noroger

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Between those two towns, I wouldn't even consider Dillingham. Ketchikan is going to be very much like working a control tower and not just giving weather briefings like some of the other locations. Dillingham will have similar work but you are waaaaay in the bush, check out google maps and look at the Alaska road system...

The FSS Academy is at the Kenai Flight Service facility and is currently about 4 months long but they are only running 4 people per class so you might be sitting around for a bit waiting for that. Ketchikan is very low staffed so that might help you get into an earlier class date. After the academy you go back to your assigned facility and start OJT. Some people CPC in 6 months, some it takes longer.

As far as places to live, check Alaskaslist.com, craigslist, and the facebook marketplace.

From your post history it sounds like you've spent time in MN so you won't be in for such a shock as long as you've gone through at least one winter there. Ketchikan doesn't get ridiculously cold nor do they get a ton of snow, Dillingham is another story though. Have warm clothes and a good pair of boots. Lots of fishing in Ketchikan too.