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“Excellent experience w Fly Drake”
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Fly Drake
Ranked #8 of 22 Tours in Haines
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Owner description: Glacier Bay Flightseeing, skiing service, charters, complete ski plane services for mountain climbers, skiiers and snowboarders. World class mountain access in Southeast Alaska including Haines, Skagway, Juneau, Gustavus, Yakutat, Dry Bay, and Mount Fairweather.
Reviewed October 14, 2012

My family (me, wife, 12 & 15 yr old children) had an amazing 80 min flight over Glacier Bay NP w Fly Drake in Aug 2012. The kids were extremely nervous about the small plane and flying in general but Drake really helped everyone feel at ease. He found some spectacular scenery and his narration, as well as humor and personal anecdotes made for an enjoyable experience. Spent 2 wks in Alaska and then 3 days in Vancouver but this was by far the best and most memorable part of our trip. We highly recommend a flight w Drake - a real "must see" excursion.

5  Thank MDWard65
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

It was a windy day and we were starting to get cold feet. There was no need for our apprehension. Drake is a pro. He radioed our location to the tower continuously.
The flight was scenic and thrilling. Glaciers, mountains and lakes, we saw them all. The highlight of our Alaska experience.
Tip for cruise passengers:
Take the ferry from Skagway to Haines. Explore a bit of Haines then have Drake fly you back to Skagway after flight seeing.

5  Thank roslynpines
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

2nd July 2012
Please excuse the title - this flight with Drake was the flight of a lifetime and an experience that my husband and I believe will be very hard to top anywhere in the world. On this flight we discovered an event of monumental proportions in the glacial area above Glacier Bay that caused all of us on board to exclaim over and over..... We are still not really aware of what this event, however Drake was a blown away as us.

Drake has a passionate, personal and enthusiastic love of this area which was so evident in the manner in which he personalised our adventure with him. He knowledge of all things geographical, glacial and animals was astounding with heim being able to answer all of our very technical questions.

Fly with Drake. Dennis and Dorelle from Australia.

7  Thank Dorelle B
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Our group of 4 had the opportunity to fly with Drake Olson on Fri. June 29th on a scenic route from Haines to Skagway. We had the fun of seeing him on an installment on TV of Alaska Wingmen this past winter and were quite intrigued by his down to earth, no bull personality! True to his word Drake was ready to take off at our appointed time. He explained all the safety stuff and off we went. He flew us into many mystical mountain passes and over beautiful glaciers. The scenery we saw will be imbedded in our memories forever. The snowy mountaintops were amazing. We saw mountain goats grazing on a mountainside. The take off and landing were smooth as silk. We loved Drake. His love of flying and nature meld together so naturally, and it shows. We had heard that Drake was the best pilot in Haines and Skagway and we believe they were 100% right about that! Thanks, Drake, for a fabulous flight and all the best to you!

11  Thank S B
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

My wife and I took her son on a cruise for graduation and we researched tours separate from the ship and found Drake. After calling to schedule the tour with him he told us he would call the day we arrived in Skagway to insure the weather, equipment and everyone was up to flying that day before he talked about payment. True to his word he called at 7:30am and said everything was a go. We arrived at the airport in time to see him land with the previous tour and got some fantastic photos. He quickly gave us a safety run down and it was off into the air. We quickly climbed to about 5000 feet and proceeded into the passes in the mountains still covered with snow. All the while taking picture after picture and seeing sheep and other magnificent wildlife. Flying over the glaciers fabulous and unforgettable even in a brief snow storm the ride was still very smooth. After passing through a narrow pass at 6000 feet the skies cleared and the fjords came into a stunning view. He flew down Davidson Glacier and then informed us he was going take us in for a landing at Glacier Point. We all looked for where that could be and out of no where the small runway came into view the landing was smooth and phenomenal. Walking around the tundra we spotted a bald eagle that our son walked closer to get a great picture. Wild strawberries were everywhere and not a bad picture could be taken. We reboarded and after a little warm up it was a smooth take off for return to Skagway. And our final landing was smooth and after taking pictures with Drake we exchanged information and he even called the bus to transport us back to our ship. Just before boarding we watched as Drake took off to return home and all we could do is smile and wave and dream of returning again soon to DO IT AGAIN!!!!!!

10  Thank JamesB1961
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