So how does a fleet get its pickup trucks into the more remote parts of Alaska, out where the oilfields lay? Why, by flying them, of course. At least, that’s what ASRC Energy Services does.
ASRC sends its employees all over a state known as “The Last Frontier” to monitor everything from oilfield exploration and construction to ensure regulatory standards are properly followed.
“Our fleet vehicles double as mobile offices for the majority of our employees … in the remote areas where they work,” noted Chris Maynard, ASRC’s general manager of fleet operations.
“These locations can vary from areas with no electricity to temporary roads built on top of the frozen tundra,” he added.
Yet not all areas of the frozen tundra are easily – or quickly – crossed via motor vehicle, especially many of the mountainous parts, and often special permits are required to traverse them.
That’s why ASRC sometimes needs to fly its pickup trucks to certain oilfield destinations and, also, when things get a little tight; literally.
To fit a Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup into a Shorts 330 Sherpa propeller driven aircraft first requires a set of smaller-than-normal wheels.
That gives the Colorado just enough clearance – about half an inch on both sides – so it can slowly creep aboard the plane.
All in a day’s work.