Trail Lake in Moose Pass

 "I learned so much more than flying floats," is the typical comment when our students complete their float training here at Trail Lake.

“Rising 200 feet, conditions changed abruptly. Just east of our departure point and about 400 feet higher lies Grant Lake. In nice weather it’s a beautiful L-shaped body of deep blue water bordered by steep mountainsides.  But in bad weather, it’s a burbling witches’ cauldron of nasty swirling winds. The valley walls form a Venturi tube aimed right at the docks we had just left.  Wave after wave of agitated mountain air rolled off Grant Lake and dumped over its western ridge directly on top of the little Cub.”  James Craig , Colorado

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.


Alaska Weather Cams

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."

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Important Message to Alaska Pilots regarding Lake Hood

Please read this Really Important message to Alaska pilots about flying at Lake Hood


 Vern%20signature%20photo"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."

I love Lake Hood. When I first started flying as a charter pilot/guide for the late Jack Lee’s Air Service and instructing off Lake Hood in 1973, watching and listening to the float planes, especially the Beavers, thrilled me, and it still does.
         Cub Flying to Bench and Johnson Lakes

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.

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