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“Flight over Denali”

Sheldon Air Service
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Owner description: Sheldon Air Service is a family owned and operated business located at the Talkeetna State Airport. We have over 30 years experience flying from Talkeetna to the glaciers of the Alaska Range. We offer personalized flightseeing trips with glacier landings, transportation for mountain climbers and adventurers and charter service 12 months a year.
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Holly and David have so much history! Their family goes way back to the early days of
bush pilots in Alaska. Holly showed us her own little plane in the hanger. She says her
dad would tie her in the back of the plane and she would have to push out gear and supplies from the open door to climbers below! Holly also met us downtown Talkeetna (well using "downtown" loosely. Talkeetna is a real trip back in time) and took us on a tour of Talkeetna. Many in our group took exciting flights around Denali viewing glaciers, glacier landing, in and out of the most fantastic zagged rocks and peaks. Trip was a Sierra Club Angeles Chapter sponsored Travel Adventure Series. Five Stars, Holly!!! We will be back!

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Reviewed August 19, 2012

For our trip to Denali we wanted to save as much money as we could and also get the best accommodations we could. And simply put Sheldon Air service is it. Great and easy people to talk to and plan with. The flying is great. Safe and secure with no glitches. And the best part is the we got good wine and a great grilled cheese. So do it for nothing more than a great cup of wine and a grilled cheese. Cheers!

3  Thank Kevin L
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

My Girlfriend and I were signed up for an hour long Mt McKinley flight see. Sheldon Air Services gave us a free upgrade to a longer more expensive flight at no extra cost to us because it worked better for their scheduling. We had a great time with a very experienced pilot. He showed us all around the area, knew detailed answers to all of our questions and was very professional.

Sheldon Air Service is a great family owned and operated air service. The fact that the people running the service are long time residents who have logged many hours in the area shows in their great service and attention to detail.

Hands down the best outfit in Talkeetna.

2  Thank Brenden A
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Holly and David run an absolutely fabulous air service. In 2007, our climbing team flew with a local competitor and our experience with them was less than satisfactory. They were all business and we felt we were treated like a number. More disappointingly, we were on their schedule and we had to wait over four hours in perfectly good weather before they would fly us on to the glacier. The net effect is that it needlessly delayed our expedition by a whole day. Our experience in 2012 with Holly and David was completely opposite. They were extremely friendly and treated us more like family than customers. They bent over backwards to get us on the glacier at the earliest moment and did everything they could to ensure our success. On our flight off the glacier we called them from our satellite phone at the base of "heartbreak hill" and they immediately flew out to the glacier and were waiting for us when we got there. David is also an expert pilot with an incredible amount of flying experience. We felt completely safe with him at all time and enjoyed him pointing out to us various features in the Alaska range and telling us about the local culture. I wholeheartedly recommend flying with Sheldon Air Service. Holly and David are first class.

3  Thank Michael D
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Sheldon Air was a great choice for our trip to the Alaska Range! Their service was excellent, they gave us a great price, and were receptive to our needs and had flexible departure times. We spent at week on the Pika Glacier, and getting climbers in and out of the mountains are a big priority for them so we knew we were in good hands. We flew in and out with two different pilots, and both gave us a nice smooth and safe ride and were very knowledgeable about the region. Enthusiasm in the office just fueled our excitement for the trip! They also have a lot of good options available, for example we were able to rent a satellite phone right from their office. They gave us space to organize, store, pack, etc, helped us to organize our trip locally in Talkeetna, and were very responsive to all our questions over email and phone beforehand. Our next trip out we will definitely fly with them again. Who better to fly with than the family who invented the glacier landing?

2  Thank Christina W
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