Advanced Alaska Trekking Course
Alaska will enhance your weather judgment and planning skills, with it’s ever changing conditions, and wide variety of climates. In addition to your flight training, you will also gain valuable survival skills for a variety of climates, which could save your life someday. This is truly a flight training experience that you will never forget! Explore the State of Alaska’s airport system that few pilots ever see.
Training will take 4 days, and can be custom fit to your needs. Rates are based on single pilots in one of our two place aircraft and camping. Meals are included. A 50% deposit is required to confirm dates. Payments are non-refundable. Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. Rescheduling fees may apply.
Call for pricing and information on parties greater than one and for additional costs for lodging.
Experience the adventure of a lifetime with multi day cross country flights to various remote regions of Alaska! Endless wildlife viewing and flight seeing opportunities for everyone in your party.
The Alaska Peninsula is the destination here, with stops in Anchorage, Kodiak, and Dutch Harbor. Our first stop will be Alaska’s largest city, and most crowded airspace, Anchorage. After Anchorage, we will depart down the Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet to Kenai and Homer, two villages that rely heavily on the fishing industry of Alaska. Next stop, Kodiak Island, where the largest Grizzly Bears in Alaska live. After Kodiak, we will return to mainland Alaska, where we will view mountainous terrain and narrow valleys.
Our furthest destination, Unalaska, Alaska, is better known as Dutch Harbor, from the Discovery Channel show “Deadliest Catch”. On our return to Talkeetna, we will venture further north to Iliamna and Lake Clark Pass, where we will put your picture taking skills to the test with the awe inspiring Alaska Range.
Get ready to learn all the ins and outs of flying internationally with this course, as we work our way east into Canada’s Yukon Territory. Our adventure will begin by crossing through Windy Pass on our way to Tok, via Fairbanks. In Tok, you will have the opportunity to ensure that all of your crossing documents are in order, and Canadian Border Patrol is prepared for our arrival.
As we depart Tok, we will wave goodbye to Alaska, and hello to Canada, inbound to Dawson City. Canadian Border Patrol will meet us at our aircraft in Dawson City to clear us through customs, and give us the go ahead to explore western Canada. Traveling through Canada will also give you the experience of learning how the rules, regulations, and procedures can change as you fly in foreign airspace. We will travel south through Canada stopping in Whitehorse, on our way to Skagway, and back into Alaska and the United States, giving us another border crossing. From Skagway, we will travel northwest to the Copper River Valley. After visiting Kennecott Mine, we will make a quick stop in Gulkana for fuel, before heading through the beautiful Matanuska Valley back to Talkeetna.
Come and experience the Alaskan bush experience you have seen on TV with this course through western Alaska. Mountain skills will keep you on your toes as we explore Lake Clark Pass, Unalakleet, the Seward Peninsula, and Mount McKinley. Soon after departing Talkeetna, we will enter the southern portion of the Alaska Range through Lake Clark Pass. As we work our way around the Kuskokwim and Yukon Deltas, and the Seward Peninsula, we will visit many of the bush villages of western Alaska that rely on bush pilots for not only transportation, but also survival. Among the villages we will stop in are Bethel; Unalakleet, home of the Tweetos from the Discovery Channel’s “Flying Wild Alaska”; Nome; and Kotzebue. As we work back towards the interior of the state, we will stop at Manley Hot Springs, giving us a chance to prepare for the challenges the Alaska Range will present in the following leg. As we wind our way back through the Alaska Range, you will receive the ultimate photo opportunity as we pass near Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in North America.
Coastal Glacier Loop
Southeastern Alaska offers many difficult challenges from mountains, to coastal weather, and intense navigational challenges due to narrow passageways. Departing Talkeetna we will head for Girdwood and Whittier, while navigating through the Chugach Mountains. After Whittier, mountainous terrain and coastal weather will challenge your camera taking abilities on our way to Valdez through Prince William Sound. As we work our way down the Alaskan Panhandle, the weather and intricate maze of the islands will test your navigation skills as we make our way to the fishing villages of Sitka and Ketchikan, on our way to Juneau. After Juneau we will make a quick stop in Haines, Alaska, before heading to the famous Kennecott Mine and Copper River Valley.
Arctic Ocean Gold Rush Loop
Filled with intense mountain flying, this course will take you from Talkeetna, through the two largest mountain ranges in Alaska all they way to the Arctic Ocean and back, with stops in Barrow, Anaktuvuk Pass, and Fairbanks. After departing Talkeetna, our first stop will be Chelatna Lake, at the toe of the Kahiltna Glacier and the base of the Alaska Range. Our first challenge begins here, crossing to the western side of the range, your mountain picture taking skills will be tested in Shellabarger pass as we fly to McGrath. After McGrath, we will work our way up to Bettles, at the foot of the magnificent Brooks Range. Our next big challenge will be the mountains of the Brooks Range, and the unpredictable weather of the North Slope enroute to Barrow, the northernmost city in the United States. Working from Barrow to the East, we will stop in Deadhorse, to follow the Haul Road from the show “Ice Road Truckers” back through the Brooks Range and Coldfoot to Manley Hot Springs.
Rates are based per person in one of our two place aircraft. Lodging available at an additional fee. Call for pricing and information on parties greater than one.
Float Plane Treks
Gulf of Alaska
Prepare for a floatplane experience like no other, as we travel to Southeast Alaska. This trek starts out intense and never lets up, with our first stop at Lake Hood in Anchorage, the busiest seaplane base in the world. After departing Anchorage we will explore the Turnagain Arm watching for whales, and fun lakes to go test your fishing skills on, with our next planned stops at Valdez and Cordova. Once we fuel up, we will follow the coastline of the Gulf of Alaska to Yakutat, while viewing the amazing mountainous terrain and glaciers. The fishing villages of Sitka, Ketchikan, and Juneau will provide us with a fun exploring environment. On our return to Talkeetna, we will explore the glaciers of the Chugach mountains, giving an entirely new perspective on lake fishing.
Prepare to be astounded by all of the potential landing areas during this trek. We will cross the Alaska Range to the West, and head for the Kuskokwim and Yukon Deltas. This country is full of lakes of all shapes, sizes, and fishing opportunities. While working our way around western Alaska, we will venture as far west as the Bering Sea, and make our way back through the beautiful Lake Clark Pass.
This trek has the most exploration time of any of our courses. We will begin by viewing mountain valleys on our way to Bettles, where we will be based to explore the many lakes throughout the Brooks Range and adjacent valley. This will provide great exploring opportunities, as we will be landing at many lakes with little to no people.
Rates are based per person in one of our two place aircraft. Call for pricing and information on parties greater than one. A 50% deposit is required to confirm dates. Payments are non-refundable. Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. Rescheduling fees may apply.