I cannot emphasize enough the value you receive by actually getting your float training in this confined mountainous locationexperiencing the closeness of the mountains personally encountering the mountain winds and learning where the wind shears occur and how to avoid them. The lessons you receive here will develop confidence in your future ability to handle and recognizewhy mountain flying is indeed a skill that should be developed under instruction, not learned by trial and error. These lessons can be applied to all of your flying not just flying floats. It'll make you a better pilot, for sure. You’re receiving two courses in one - Mountain Flying and your Single Engine Sea Rating!
You’ll fly on and off six different lakes - all just a few minutes from our base on Upper Trail Lake in Moose Pass. These are listed from the largest to the smallest. We are 97 miles south of Anchorage just off the Seward Highway in Moose Pass, on the Kenai Peninsula, in the Chugach National Forest. You can drive, or take a bus, or charter us to pick you up at Lake Hood.
Cub to Johnson Tebenkoff
Approching Grant Lake
Bench Lake Langdon Glacier, off the Sargent
Ice Field into Kings Bay
Trail Lake in Moose Pass
Trail Lake in Moose Pass, Alaska, located 97 miles south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway, is in the heart of the beautiful Kenai Peninsula. It's surrounded by rugged steep mountains, glaciers and ice fields. Here, usually for the first time in a pilot's career, he or she has the opportunity to fly in tight mountain passes and to actually take off and land in the tiny lakes at the bottom of these canyons. Simply, there is nowhere else we know of that offers such a valuable learning experience--not only do you learn float flying but life saving techniques that apply to all of your flying!
"On approach,YOU are in the Front seat."
Alaska Weather Cam
On the following site, click on Anchorage, then click on Seward. It's located 30 miles south of Moose Pass. But remember, we usually have better and higher weather than Seward does. We're farther from the ocean.
Important Message to Alaska Pilots regarding Lake Hood
Please read this Really Important message to Alaska pilots about flying at Lake Hood
"The airlines and the military have invested millions of dollars designing simulators to provide realistic training devices. I just moved to Trail Lake to provide you a genuine mountain flying and bush flying experience."
But by 1991, watching, listening, waiting for ATC clearance, the long taxi, waiting for Rust’s fleet or the gaggle of float planes on weekends, was costing my students valuable time from their dual session. Also it was cutting into their time and money they had budgeted for their lessons. Now, in 2012, it is even more congested.