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Review of Carlin Air

Carlin Air
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Carlin Air is here to make all of your flightseeing dreams come true! We fly a DeHavilland Beaver and a Cessna 185 and specialize in Misty Fjords National Monument tours, Flightseeing/Crab Feast tours, Bear Viewing tours and custom tours in the Ketchikan, Alaska area. Jeff Carlin, owner/pilot has 35 years of flying experience. All of our pilots are long time Ketchikan pilots with many hours of flying experience in Southeast Alaska. Carlin Air is the choice for the local community.
Reviewed June 5, 2013

We were fortunate enough to have flown with Carlin Air to the Msty Fjordes. Jeff is an excellent pilot and showed us the most amazing sights. He landed at a pontoon in the middle of nowhere where we could get out of the plane and enjoy the most beautiful scenery ever. Laura, who handled the booking was fantastic and made us feel very welcome and treated us as if she had known us forever. All in all it was a fantastic experience, one that I will certainly repeat with Carlin if I am ever there again.

2  Thank Sue H
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Flightseeing with Carlin Air through the Misty Fjords was phenomenal. Jeff is an excellent pilot and we had a rare sunny day to enjoy the beautiful sights of the Fjord. This experience was the highlight of our Alaskan cruise!

Thank sammi112345
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

We had a wonderful experience with Carlin Air in August 2012. Laura was quick to respond to an email request for information about a bear viewing tour and a pleasure to talk to during the booking process. The weather was great that day for Ketchikan and the tour couldn't have been better. We felt very safe with Jeff as our pilot as he flew us to a remote area on Margarite Creek. We were dropped off with Tim our guide who drove us a short distance followed by a walk along a trail to a viewing area. Before long the bears came down a hillside to feed on the salmon in the rushing waters. Tim was with us the whole time spotting bears and making sure we didn't miss a thing. He was a weath of information about the bears, the salmon, even the berries and plant life of the area. And we have some fantastic pictures to remember it all! Thank you Carlin Air and thank you Tim for an amazing day!

Thank monell1180
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

Our bear viewing trip to Anan Wildlife Observatory booked through Carlin Air was by far the highlight of our Alaska vacation. The day was perfect from beginning to end. All arrangements made through Laura were perfect and plans carried out precisely. Both Laura and Jeff were very friendly and a pleasure to work with. My 3 daughters, husband and I all thoroughly enjoyed the floatplane ride- gorgeous, smooth, and exhilarating! Then we landed at Anan and had a phenomenal experience with the bears. There were 10-25 black bears at all times, feeding on the spawning salmon in the creek. Moms with cubs frolicking around were a highlight. Leaving the area, we saw a giant grizzly mom with her 3 cubs right near the trail. What a sight!! Due to flight schedules, we even got to stay extra time at the observatory. All in all, an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime adventure for our family! Thank you Carlin Air for this amazing experience!

2  Thank Wendy N
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

We booked a tour with Carlin Air from Australian back in February for our visit to Ketchikan in July.

We really wanted to see Bears in the wild & after some research (on Trip Advisor) found that Anan Creek was the way to go.

Contacted Carlin Air & they were able to assist. We found Laura to be extemely helpful – all our emails were answered promptly (even accounting for the time difference between Alaska & Australia & even when she was on holidays in Hawaii!!) and nothing was too much trouble. Laura also advised us that Anan Creek was the optimal place & then walked us through the process of applying for the necessary permits. And then when we were unsuccessful in securing the permits in the lottery, Laura then used her contacts to secure us the 4 permits that we needed.

When we arrived in Ketchikan Laura met us at the agreed time & place & took us down to their office.

Jeff the pilot was fantastic – as we had a sunny, clear day (which was apparently rare for Ketchikan!!) – he suggested that we spend less time at the Misty Fjords & more time at Anan Creek. We are so glad we took his advice – we had 2 full hours at Anan Creek & saw both Brown & Grizzly bears & even 4 cubs. Jeff kept us informed with commentary the whole time – he picked us up at the assigned time & got us back to our cruise ship with time to spare.

We would highly recommend Carlin Air – both Laura & Jeff and Anan Creek IS the place to go to see Bears (all our cruise companions were so jealous when they saw our bear photos).

1  Thank JenniG
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