Alaska Sunday Trip: Visiting Alaska Seaplanes in Juneau
A Sunday Trip? Lets go and visit Alaska Seaplanes. The airline operates a fleet of three DeHavilland Beaver aircraft, one Cessna 206 and one Cessna 180 on floats. On wheels they run a “Supervan” Grand Caravan, two Cessna 207’s, one Cessna 206 and one Piper Saratoga. In May of 2015 the company added an amphibious Caravan to its fleet. Check them out on Facebook.
Operating from a hub in Juneau, Alaska Seaplanes serves the markets of Skagway, Haines, Gustavus, Hoonah, Kake, Sitka, Angoon, Tenakee Springs, Pelican, Elfin Cove and Excursion Inlet. Charter flights throughout Southeast Alaska are available as well. Klaus Marx who works as A&P/ IA in his normal life, took the shot back in 2012. He writes:
These float-planes are operated by the scheduled Juneau, AK Air-Taxi operator, Alaska Seaplanes. Juneau is Alaska’s capital city and does not have road access, so much of the supplies arrive by air. The communities around Southeast are also road-less and rely on the smaller aircraft for daily deliveries.
Relying on smaller aircraft may sound quite crazy to most people living in the lower 48. When nearly everything arrives by truck or is just two mouse-clicks away, people don’t realize the abundance of convenience. How would you like to wait 9 days to get that gallon of milk for the kids Cornflakes? Seaplanes do not enjoy a higher level of public acceptance for no reason. Chances are, when living or working around Juneau, they are a necessity for daily life.
The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air. ~Wilbur Wright