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Captain Drake's Family Aerial Adventures

Illinois Valley Airport (3S4), 424 Airport Drive, Cave Junction, OR 97523
+1 541-415-0600
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Owner description: We are an adventure vacation destination. We offer rooms in our very unique hilltop home and flight school. Captain Drake's is both a lodge and flight... more » Owner description: We are an adventure vacation destination. We offer rooms in our very unique hilltop home and flight school. Captain Drake's is both a lodge and flight school providing instruction for sport pilots and ultralight airmen. In the event that you would like to transition into sport pilot or step up from sport pilot to private pilot we can help. « less
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Cave Junction, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

What a great way to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the valley. Every view from the lodge is a site to be seen not to mention the media room along with the great swimming pool. Then a bonus to do a fly over or take a lesson and see even more. Wolf is a great host, and teacher. His lodge... More

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Medford, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

What I like Best is the ability to stay in the BEAUTIFUL lodge @ night while attending flight school during the day or just flying around for pleasure. The pictures on this site are a just a tease of the Breath taking veiws and Landscape! I highly recommend this experience, whether it is for education or sport. Other recomended visits... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful views, fabulous hospitality, and fantastic value for such an amazing day in Southern Oregon.

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Medford, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The valley is beautiful, especially when viewed by air. The lodge is cozy and a great place for a family visit. Wolf is knowledgeable about the area and was able to help us find a great activities for us and the kids, including the Oregon Caves, swimming spots, and more. I definitely recommend the Illinois Valley as a place to... More

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I am considering a purchase of this type aircraft and wanted to fly one first. Wolf did a nice job of taking time to explain some systems and handling characteristics to me. I am more experienced with larger and faster airplanes and this is another world! It was a lot of fun. He is obviously a very competent flight instructor... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

Had an absolutely wonderful experience. I can't say enough good things about the captain and his lodge. My children flew with him and are hooked. I had no idea it could be so affordable to gives children this experience. He is so calm and kind. This is something we will never forget and will be back for more. Thank you... More

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Portland, Oregon
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

Wolf (Jason) Emonds is the best instructor/guide/host one can find in the area. First, he is professional. Second -- he absolutely loves what he does, and deeply appreciates interest and inspiration of others. Third, he knows Northwest. With this package you cannot loose. If you are looking for one-time flight experience; or if you consider long two-week adventure with different... More

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

I've been up with Wolf several times now, and am about to be in the process of learning to pilot light sport aircraft myself. It's serious fun for anyone who wants to leave the drudgery of the city behind. There is no substitute for the moment when you get off the ground and within seconds the entire land opens up... More

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WolfEmondsCFI, Owner at Captain Drake's Family Aerial Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for your enthusiasm, it's always nice when others share my excitement for the flying experience. We look forward to you and your friends joining us again for another lesson soon. Wolf Emonds CFI More

Portland, Oregon
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

I don't necessarily like to fly but the flight was smooth and the scenery was fantastic. Take off and landing were perfect and there was nothing scary about anything. Everyone was supper friendly and professional and I can't wait to do it again!

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WolfEmondsCFI, Owner at Captain Drake's Family Aerial Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It's always hard for me to imagine that there are people who don't absolutely love to fly. The fact that you enjoyed your flight and were able to relax enough to take in and appreciate the beautiful scenery is an excellent sign. We hope to see you again soon. Wolf Emonds CFI More

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