Alaska Adventure Flight | enrollment information Other flights: Wilderness Adventure | Rockies Adventure
July 21 - 27 | August 25 - 31 | September 8 - 14
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The Alaska Adventure has been designed for the pilot who wants to rise to a higher level of competence while experiencing the grandeur of the great America wilderness. The course actually began several years ago. When Field led a group of a dozen planes though Canada, the Yukon and into the wilds of Alaska, he discovered a region of both incredible scenery and IMC weather conditions that sharpened the rusty skills of his students. Frustrated with the benign summer weather in the lower 48, Alaska proved to be a great training ground. If Mother Nature didn't cooperate with clouds and rain then there was the dynamite vista of mountains and glaciers. This was an incredible area to spend a week of flight training.
The course begins in Medford, Oregon with an orientation session the first day. You will be introduced to the Cessna Turbo Skylane with its Garmin G1000 panel and Garmin GFC 700 autopilot. A planning session for the week ahead will complete the orientation session..
Early the next morning you set out. Day two takes you through the Northwest into Canada at the foot of the fabulous Canadian Rockies. Here you will be introduced to the formalities of clearing Canadian customs using CANPASS.
The third day we follow the rugged coastline of British Columbia stopping at Prince Rupert. Then, weather permitting; we will take a VFR flight through Misty Fjords National park before landing at Ketchikan, Alaska to clear U.S. Customs. Following lunch we are off for Sitka, Alaska, with its Russian heritage and hand carved totems.
On day four the scenery really kicks in as we continue to follow the coast with the magnificent St. Alias range off our right wing. Tide water glaciers abound as we work our way to Anchorage. Stops along the way include Yakutat and Cordova. After lunch in Anchorage we will take-off in hopes of getting a glimpse at Mt. McKinley, or Denali as it is called, 20,320 feet above sea level. Our turbo and oxygen gives us an advantage over the tour planes that can't fly above 10,000 feet.
The fifth day we retrace our steps back down the coast stopping at Valdez past Prince William Sounds and Glacier Bay, then a low level VFR flight through Icy Straits and up the Lynn Canal to historic Skagway, site of the 1898 Gold Rush. Keep your eyes open for whales and sea lions! A quick refueling stop in the Capital City of Juneau then its on to our overnight at the beautiful Cape Fox Lodge for a wonderful meal overlooking the city of Ketchikan.
On day six we will return to Canada via Prince Rupert, Port Hardy and Victoria. This gives us another opportunity to catch Misty Fjords if we were "weathered out" on the way up. We will clear U.S. Customs and overnight in Bellingham, Wa. The 7th day we head home, flying back to Medford for an early afternoon return.
Our Alaska Adventure Flight provides 34-38 hours of weather flying and fantastic scenery at its best. A definite win-win week! IFR Currency is not required. The trip will lead to a BFR and IPC (if the pilot is IFR rated) at its conclusion.