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“Highlight of our month long trip”

Island Wings Air Service
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Owner description: Share Michelle's love of flying through our vast Alaskan wilderness. Experience the freedom of flight over the wild grandeur of the mountains, the islands and the endless sea. Island Wings takes the time and makes the effort to help you realize your Alaskan dreams. Our focus is the quality of your experience. From the handling of your reservation, to the equipment we operate, to the places we visit; we don't compromise and neither should you.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

What an experience! We read the reviews online of Island Wings and were delighted to get a booking just the day before our trip. We were nervous about taking a float plane trip but having read about Michelle's expertise, we decided Island Wings was the company for us. Shona was a great help and scheduled an extra flight for us to fit in with our cruise departure time given the short notice.
Shona picked us up and got the tour off to a great start. What a great first impression of the company.
Once we got to the flying we were absolutely blown away. Michelle was the most fantastic host, pilot and tour guide. We literally had the flight of a lifetime. Michelle's knowledge was second to none and her flying skills were just superb - we relaxed within seconds and thoroughly enjoyed the spectacular scenery.
We landed in the Misty Fjords, experienced four avalanches and took some wonderful photos before flying back to Ketchikan. Our trip was to mark my Mum's 60th and it exceeded all expectations. By the end of the trip we felt like Michelle had become a friend. She is genuinely passionate about what she does and really goes out of her way to make passengers feel welcome. We will remember our Island Wings experience for a long long time to come. We cannot recommend the company highly enough. A definite must do!

Thank Sarah R
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We had reservations for our cruise and excursions months in advance and I think this was the adventure we were most looking forward to. We weren't disappointed! We were fortunate enough to have a beautiful, sunny, 80 degree day in Ketchikan. We were met at the exact time and place by friendly, professional employees and transported to the dock. The plane was spacious and each of us was sitting by our own window for excellent visibility. We were treated to breathtaking scenery that represented everything I have ever heard about the beauty of Alaska. We were given information about what we were seeing from our friendly, knowledgeable pilot, but It didn't feel like the "rehearsed presentations" we had on so many tours. She answered all out questions, told us a bit about her passion for Alaska and flying, and left us wishing the ride could go on for another couple of hours. I wouldn't change a thing about this day and it will long be remembered as one of the highlights of our trip!

Thank Jen G
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We lucked out on a wonderful day in Ketchikan. Shona was right where she said she would pick us up and gave a quick ride over to the dock. The tide was out and it made for a steep walk down the ramp, just be aware of that for shoe selection if you decide to go. We were able to board quickly after a refuel and Michelle taxied us out and off we went. While completely not clear due to some clouds moving in, we had some great visibility on an overcast day. The flight was smooth and on the return trip, I got to sit in the co-pilot seat. The quick stop on the lake allowed us to soak in the peace and quiet that Alaska has to offer (wear bug spray) and the scenery was fantastic. We were flying close to everything and went through a few camera batteries. My teens enjoyed themselves on the trip and although not really wanting to admit it, smiled a few times.

2  Thank Scott W
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This trip was truly awesome, and I don't use that word like a teenager. The views brought tears to my eyes. We enjoyed this thoroughly. Michelle's story was inspiring and her abilities instilled confidence in us. She provided a lot of information real-time. We didn't hear a canned recording. We could ask questions and interact while listening to great music when we weren't. This trip took me by surprise - I've flown on small planes, and seen some fantastic scenery - but this prompted an emotional response.

Michelle not only is a talented pilot, she knows her way around a camera. She took some nice shots of us when we landed on the lake. Since we knew we wouldn't be able to bring a camera bag with us, I had asked the person we made the reservation with which camera lens was recommended. Unfortunately, the wide angle was not the right choice as we have the window frame and wing in most of the shots. Michelle suggested the mid-range lens would have been best. Hopefully this helps others with this concern.

We can't say enough good things about Island Wings and Michelle. I hope to get back to Ketchikan some day to do the bear trip. Thanks Michelle for giving us some fantastic memories - appreciate the hospitality you and your staff extended!

2  Thank T M
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

What a fabulous flight around the fjords! We truly enjoyed this floatplane experience! Michelle is an outstanding pilot who knows the area so well. We felt totally safe with her--her plane provides great views--nothing in the way to obstruct your view. We landed in a bay and we had a chance to walk around and view the crystal clear water and the remote location for about 15 minutes. The total experience was so memorable.
We signed up for this flight a couple months in advance from all the wonderful reviews here at Tripadvisor. We are so glad we took this excursion. We highly recommend this flight tour.

1  Thank Carolyn N
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