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DAMON WINTER / The New York Times

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Alaska Airlines powers through tough winter conditions, turbulent industry

Captain Dan Kaplin and First Officer Tom Peebles go through their flight safety check before an Alaska Airlines flight from Wrangell, Alaska, in mid-December. Because of Alaska's topography and extreme weather, it was the first to develop satellite guidance, a navigation technique that is now at the heart of the Federal Aviation Administration's plan to modernize the nation's air traffic system.