About Alasks Floats & Skis:
Meet the Float Plane Trainers
Denali National Park (over 6 million acres and larger than the State of Massachusetts) is in the background. From left to right are the three largest peaks in the Alaska Range, Foraker, Hunter, and Denali at 20,320 feet.
ATP MEL & MES CFI CFII MEI AGI DPE
Alaskan Bush Pilot - Founder and operator of Alaska Floats and Skis
Don lived out in the Alaskan bush in the early seventies and began flying for lodge support. He then branched into guiding for hunters and fishermen. Over the last 30 years, Don has gained extensive flight experience all over Alaska, from the Aleutian Chain to the Beaufort Sea. With hundreds of hours flying in the Gates of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, Shumagin Islands, and Cold Bay, Don operated an on-demand air service for 7 years. In Bristol Bay, he flew fishermen to remote sites and provided lodge support.
Don has experience flying throughout the South American countries of Argentina ,Chile, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. He also recently flew STOL missions in Afghanistan for the coalition forces during "Operation Enduring Freedom". Don also has experience flying in the wilds of Australia. He has also flown over 130,000 gallons of fuel to remote gold mines (200 gallons at a time) without a single incident. In Talkeetna he has provided expedition air support for climbers on Mt. McKinley and has over 5,000 glacier landings. Don has over 7,000 hours on floats alone with a total time over 17,000 hours.
Don is excited to pass his experience on to all pilots, both old and new, and never tires of flying with students and friends. He prides himself in working with the most experienced pilots and finding new tricks for them and in working with new pilots who may want to try new things.
Don's motivation to operate Alaska Floats and Skis is "to share these experiences and pass on safety tips to our float and ski plane applicants." Don's motto is "you will never work a day in your life if you enjoy what you are doing."
CFI, CFI-G, Instrument Rated, Commercial SES, SEL
With an MBA from the University of Texas Tyler and job in the financial sector in Dallas, Texas, Brian's now fiance gave him a gift that changed his life: a discovery flight in a Robinson R22 helicopter. He soon obtained his pilot's license and then came to Alaska to obtain his float rating and pursue a life of flying and adventure. Brian is a fantastic pilot and enjoys giving each person he flies with an experience of a lifetime. In addition to "piloting" anything with an engine, Brian enjoys backcountry camping, practicing survival skills, and working on his Jeep.
CFI, CFI-G, Instrument Rated, SES, SEL, MEL, A&P
Roger's love of aviation stemmed from his Father's involvement as a crew chief on the C47s during WWII. After the war Roger's dad settled with his new bride in Western Pennsylvania, however he always spoke about homesteading in Alaska. While these plans never materialized, it did plant a seed in Roger's head to come to the Last Frontier. At the age of 25, Roger decided to step into an airplane for the first time and take a flying lesson. He quickly discovered how addictive flying truly was and the rest as we say is history! Roger came to Alaska because of the opportunity the roll of aviation plays in this great state. In addition to instructing with Alaska Floats and Skis this summer, Roger is also assisting with aircraft maintenance and is a local business owner here in Talkeetna.
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