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    Default Air service to the Brooks Range

    I will be looking for a small Air service out of Fairbanks to fly up to the Brooks Range. Any suggestions? Someone with a lot of experience.
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    Not so sure many fly from that far away. Usually Happy Valley, Galbreth Lake, DOT south of the pass, Coldfoot.

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    Not small really but Wright air flys the brooks from FBX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuJon View Post
    Not small really but Wright air flys the brooks from FBX.
    Don't forget your wallet.
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    What time of year? Wright is a good one. I bet Bushwacker might be able to do it if it's not hunting season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingfisherktn View Post
    Don't forget your wallet.
    uh-huh! That said by the time you drive up to cold foot, replace 2 tires, windshield and a headlight along with 300 gallons of fuel it isn't really that much more than the other guys....

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    What part of the Brooks Range? Makes a big diff on who to fly with.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuJon View Post
    uh-huh! That said by the time you drive up to cold foot, replace 2 tires, windshield and a headlight along with 300 gallons of fuel it isn't really that much more than the other guys....
    Actually the road all the way to happy valley was great. No flats hard packed roads, friendly truckers and amazing scenery. Gas in coldfoot is a little pricey but cheaper than at the Yukon crossing.
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    Brooks Range Aviation (http://brooksrange.com/services/index.htm) I don't believe flies out of FBX, but you could email them for suggestions. The owners are practical people, experienced in that area. Here's their email address:

    Best of luck.


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    I have been north to Deadhorse 5 times. Never a flat, never a headlight, one chip in the windshield all that time. It is just a matter of the right equipment, road savy and luck.

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    I second that on Brooks Range Aviation, first rate operation and great people. Jay helped me out this past summer gave me local infro to get thru the Brooks Range in mvfr. 20 years operating there, as the saying goes you get what you pay for and Jay is the guy to fly with.

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    I am going to an area on the Chandalar River. It is just going to be a day trip. It will be sometime around August. That's why I don't need a big plane.
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    I think for that your cheapest route would be to fly on Wrights Air scheduled flight into Fort Yukon and then charter a flight to the bush from there.

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    OK, there is the north, middle and east forks. The main Chandalar runs past Venetie...if you are heading to the north or middle forks, talk to Coyote Air out of Coldfoot....if you are heading up the east or main branch talk to wrights air or Yukon air in fort Yukon ...One other option is if you are heading to the lake, Everts flys in there during hunting season.

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I pretty much have it narrowed down. I will probably use Yukon Air, I flew with them some years ago and I can't remember the pilots name but, I had heard he died shortly after. I remember him being a very good pilot. Thanks
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    That was Roger Dowding....Kirk Sweetsir owns it now....

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipercub View Post
    That was Roger Dowding....Kirk Sweetsir owns it now....
    Yes, it was Roger. I feel bad forgetting his name, a really nice guy. I felt real comfortable flying with him. Thanks for the reminder.
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    Do it Flying Wild Alaska style and have Jim Tweeto with ERA bring you out from Unakleet. You could be on TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLK View Post
    Do it Flying Wild Alaska style and have Jim Tweeto with ERA bring you out from Unakleet. You could be on TV.
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    I actually enjoy the show. It's one of the few Alaskan reality shows that isn't out of staters exploiting our resources. I do get a kick out of them doing charters from interior Alaska from Unakleet is all.

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