Most people stand still when they fly kites. That's not the case at Alaska Kite Adventures. Instead, wintertime visitors get to experience the sensation of effortlessly gliding across snow and ice while a deployed canopy catches each gust of wind. Safety remains the paramount concern, so certified snowkiting instructors help beginners prepare by explaining the anatomy of the kite, proper steering technique, and other fundamental techniques. Following an introduction, attendees ages 10 and older fly the trainer kite without being harnessed in. This prepares them for the next lesson where they can strap themselves into a snowboard or pair of skis, don the harness, and allow the kite to tow them across the wintery landscape.
At Seward Helicopter Tours a dog team escorts visitors on summer and winter tours preceded by helicopter flights. Guests can trek among the icebergs of Bear Glacier, soar above the whales, sea lions, and harbor seals of Resurrection Bay, or rest in a sled as dogs power it through Godwin Glacier. Seward Helicopter Tours' pilots can also drop guests off on half- to multiday kayaking trips or two-hour guided excursions through an ice field's moulins, moraines, and vacationing zambonis.
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Talkteena Air Taxi flightseeing has been lauded by the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic channel, and the BBC, among other notable media outlets. It has been taking off for trips since 1947, when the company helped pioneer flights, landings, and rescues in the Alaska Range. Today, pilots averaging 12 years of experience comprise a flightseeing team that shepherds groups of glacier gazers along four aerial routes. For each tour, passengers load into a De Havilland or Cessna plane from the outfit's fleet and strap on headsets so they can listen to the captain's commentary. The McKinley Base Camp trip leads onlookers on a winding trail along the south, east, and west faces of Mt. McKinley, and the Summit excursion ventures to higher altitudes and gives a scalp massage to the summits of Mt. McKinley, Mt. Foraker, and Mt. Hunter.
Over sweeping evergreen pine forests and snow-capped mountains, the pilots from Above Alaska Aviation's FAR flight school hone their craft. FAA-certified instructors coach students in a range of specialized flight training in a fleet of 7EC Champ aircraft, as well as a PA-18 Super Cub and Cessna 180B. They train private pilot students in tailwheel aircraft from start to finish, tailwheel endorsements, and single-engine sea float ratings on the mountain lakes of Susitna Valley. Students learn the basics of flying tail-wheel aircraft—planes with landing gear on the tail—to hone skill sets, enhance their understanding of flight safety, and help them feel superior to carrier pigeons. When not teaching flight, bush pilots ferry passengers to remote wilderness areas where they can hike, fish, or hunt with rifles and bows.
Amateur pilots can learn how to pilot bush planes by seasoned Alaskan bush pilots. For those who'd rather see the sights than take the controls, tours traverse some of Alaska's most notable landscapes, including Denali National Park, the Mount Spurr volcano, and the Knik Glacier. Soar over the icy peaks and deep valleys or hire a plane to take you to official checkpoints along the Iditarod Trail.