Alaska flying guide for cirrus pilots



Table of Contents


Introduction and Plans for Summer 2005     (Updated January 15, 2005) 


A brief discussion of the challenges and rewards of flying to Alaska; and an outline of plans for trips in the Summer of 2005.


Section One:  Flying in Canada        


A discussion of how the Canadian air traffic environment differs from the US; what to expect on a VFR or IFR flight; links to Canadian customs, weather and flight planning resources.


Section Two:  Getting There            


How long it will take; a choice of cities where planes from the east coast and west coast can rendezvous for the journey.  Also, five different routes to Alaska, with detailed VFR and IFR waypoints.


  Section Three:  Things to Do in Alaska


An overview of fifteen towns to visit with information on numerous activities and lodging options.  Almost every one of these locations can be the base for a 4-7 day visit.  Plus a detailed overview of the big four Alaska activities:  bear watching, fishing, flightseeing and glacier/wildlife cruises.


Section Four:  Getting Back to the US from Alaska


Don’t you dare fly home along the same route you flew on the trip up to Alaska, when there are three routes to consider for the return trip. 


Section Five:  Equipment List


Emergency equipment, satellite vs. cell phones vs. personal locator beacons, plus the documents and practical items you’ll need to bring.


Section Six:  Charts and Aeronautical Information


Where to find charts, plus airport directory information and instrument approach procedures for the airports in Canada mentioned in this website.


Photo Gallery:           

2004 Journey



How to Use this Guide


Like a newly-calved iceberg in the Prince William Sound, the visible text of this website represents just a fraction of the information that is available for a prospective Alaska traveler.  In fact, scattered throughout this website are are more than one hundred hyperlinks (e.g., words in blue) to third party information (e.g., tourist information in a given city; FAA information).  So click liberally to get the full picture of what’s available.  Incidentally, hyperlinks for a city name that are followed by a four-letter airport identifier invariably open a new window with airport directory information and, if available, selected instrument approach procedures (typically 100K to 400K in size), so expect slow downloads when clicking on these links.




This website works best with Windows XP, Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher, Microsoft Word 2000 or higher, and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

A high-speed broadband connection is useful in order to avoid lengthy download times for large documents such as approach plates and charts.


Contact Information


Please direct any comments or suggestions on this Alaska Flying Guide to Ilan Reich, via email or through the COPA website at username “ireich”.


Future versions of this Alaska Flying Guide will include photos and pireps from COPA members who’ve flown to Alaska, so please don’t be shy about sending submissions.


















 Copyright 2004 by Ilan Reich.   All rights reserved.  Copyrights and trademarks from third parties are the respective property of those owners.