My wife, my 82 year old father-in-law and myself took a flight with Fly Drake on 9/2/13. We had booked a Glacier Bay flight departing from Skagway. We communicated with Drake the day prior and he reminded us that the flight would be weather permitting. The morning of, we spoke to Drake by phone again and moved the time back to allow for the clouds to break. The walk from the ship - through town to the airport - was easy. Once at the airport we waited for Drake, he arrived on time and was very helpful as we prepared for the flight. My father-in-law had never flown on a small aircraft. As Drake cleaned the windows and made final preparations for the flight everything was very relaxed and getting into the plane was a snap.
After a very smooth take-off, we ascended into another world and a must see to truly experience Alaska and to visual understand glaciers. Due to cloud cover, we were unable to fly down into Glacier Bay - instead we flew over the ice fields north of GB. The views were spectacular, the narration conversations with Drake - along with background music made the trip truly an experience of a lifetime. We took a GoPro and recorded the entire flight (found out upon landing that Drake as a few GP mounts on the plane we were in as part of work he did with National Geographic - next time we will mount the camera external!). We have relived out adventure over an over via video.
I recommend getting up in the air with Drake as soon as you can upon visiting Alaska - this will give you a sense of the amazing power and beauty of the incredible place!! We flew so close to some of the peaks that if felt like you could reach out and touch them. Drake explained that the air is very stable and the updrafts are minimal in this area so the entire flight was very smooth.
BTW; Drake operates his business as a one-man-show, this means that he does not have the overhead of others nor the staff. He kept every promise he made and was a pleasure to spend time with - we could clearly tell that he knows what he is doing and enjoys doing it. a MUST DO without question.
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