Pricing Overview

Bush Pilot Course Float Rating Winter Ski Flying
May - October Mid-May - October March - April
$2,200.00 $2,100.00 $2,000.00

Includes 3 Nights Lodging, 5 hours flight time, 2-3 hours per day of theory.

The Bush Pilot course is the most practical way to learn off-airport techniques / operations from pilots that make a living at it! In this course you will be taught the judgment & skills necessary to make safe off-airport site assessments. Our aircraft have 31" Bush Wheels, giving us the safety margin in rough landing areas like the gravel bars, mountaintops & the unimproved wilderness strips we'll be landing at. They are all part of the course. The lodging is excellent and relaxing. You can bring a non-flying friend for free. This workshop is a blast!


Airplane Single Engine Sea. Commercial or Private. This includes: 3 nights Lodging, A/C & Instructor, check ride is additional.

We will be training on the many remote and beautiful lakes that surround the base at Christiansen Lake (AK-8) in Talkeetna. 20,320 foot Mt. McKinley will dominate the sky line as you fly in this beautiful area.

Training will involve 2 days flight and 6 hours ground with the check ride on the 3rd day. It is not uncommon to stop and catch a trout during our flight training, or see moose & grizzly bears on the river. Check out your accommodations on the Lodging page.


Includes 3 Nights lodging, 5 hours flight, 2-3 hours per day prep & ski.

Spring ski flying is the best! Fly in the beautiful Alaskan winter and learn to maneuver a ski plane. Land and take-off from snow-covered frozen lakes, fly the Alaska Range, and land on the glaciers of the Talkeetna Mountains. We stop to identify tracks of our winter inhabitants, and enjoy a ski trek in the unspoiled wilderness of ALASKA. Bring your suntan lotion because it's sunny that time of year!


2016 Season Pricing Sheet
  • Base Float Course - $2100 + check ride
  • Base Bush Course - $2200
  • Base Ski Course - $2000
  • Hourly Rates:
  • Skis - $220/hr
  • Floats - $220/hr
  • Bush - $320/hr (first 5 hours), $220/hr (after 5 hrs)
  • TriPacer - $180/hr
  • Lodging Per Night:
  • Private Room - $80
  • Private Room with Bathroom - $120
  • Studio Cabin with Bathroom - $150
  • Base Packages with Upgrades:
  • Float Rating (ASES) with Private Room - $2100 + check ride
  • Float Rating (ASES) with Private Room with Bathroom:
    $2250 + check ride
  • Floats Rating (ASES) with Cabin - $2400 + check ride
  • Bush Course with Private Room - $2200
  • Bush Course with Private Room with Bathroom - $2350
  • Bush Course with Cabin - $2500
  • Ski Course with Private Room - $2000
  • Ski Course with Private Room with Bathroom - $2150
  • Don’s Hourly Rate – additional $60/hr (excluding skis)

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