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    I would like to get my float rating in Alaska. I found a website, alaskafloats.com. Does anyone have any info on this company they could share with me? Good instructors, place, etc. They are in Talkeetna.
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    That operation is run by Don Lee, who is a very good friend of mine. It is a very good outfit to do business with. He uses a Pacer on floats

    There is also Scenic Mountain Air in Moose Pass which is run by Vern Kingsford. His is a very challanging program. He uses a PA-18 http://www.arctic.net/akfloats

    And..... you also have my outfit down in Homer Alaska
    Dragonfly Aero
    http://www.floatplanealaska.com
    We use a PA-11-90 Cub Special on EDO 1400 Floats.
    For prior customers comments check out the Super Cub web site.
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    I would recommend Arctic Flyers (http://www.arcticflyers.com) Herman, his wife and their son Rick run a great instruction company here in Anchorage at Lake Hood.

    I did my float rating with Vern about 10 years ago and would not recommend him, although his a great pilot, his got a big ego, after all, your just getting your float rating, your not trying out for the air force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LetsflyAK View Post
    I would recommend Arctic Flyers (http://www.arcticflyers.com) Herman, his wife and their son Rick run a great instruction company here in Anchorage at Lake Hood.

    I did my float rating with Vern about 10 years ago and would not recommend him, although his a great pilot, his got a big ego, after all, your just getting your float rating, your not trying out for the air force.
    I did my float rating with Herman, Heidi and Rick about 7 years ago in a taylorcraft from their office on Lake Hood. This family knows flying in Alaska and are very good at instruction. After flying with instructors in Montana (Private), Fairbanks(Solo), UAA's aviation program, Aero Tech, Take Flight, and so on, they are the best that I have ever spent any time with.

    Chris

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    I would recommend Alex Clark.... One of our posters and a good guy. There have been many positive comments about people getting their float ratings with him recently. You can't beet doing it in a Cub around lovely Homer if you are just coming to Alaska for the rating as you can work in some other good activities around Homer and Kenai Peninsula too.

    Herman Ruess gave me my float check ride back in 1979. I think Arctic Flyers (Heidi and Rick) are good too, but you are going to be stuck in Anchorage, and dealing with the very busy Anchorage Airspace and Lake Hood environment too. You will spend at least 15 minutes each way getting in and out of Lake Hood to get to a practice area.

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    Thanks Flyboy,
    Oddly enough much of my business comes from supercub.org folks or word of mouth. I just do one client at a time and try to make it fun.
    I should have mentioned Heidi up at Arctic Flyer, I did not mean to leave them out.

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    You are going to need your commercial ticket including 2nd Class Medical, and 500 hours of Alaska time before most commercial operators are going to look at hiring you. The 500 Alaska comes from the insurance industry requirements, and not without good reason. There are a few exceptions like Yute Air that had a mentorship program that basically signed off on all flight go-no go decisions and had higher weather minimums for those in this special status.

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