Matt Tomter is used to flying by the seat of his pants.

A former commercial pilot, Tomter got into the restaurant business six years ago after seeing an opportunity in Nome to fill a niche in the local eating scene.

"It's kind of a long story..." Tomter said of his first restaurant venture Airport Pizza in Nome.

Basically, Tomter found an old pizza oven and started flying pizzas out to nearby communities. The idea took off, and the restaurant – which became a Nome hot spot – gained statewide and national fame for its fly-out pizzas.

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