Bellingham to Valdez, AK

3 Mar

Early March, PJ Hunt contacted me by text saying: “Flying the A-Star up to Alaska, you coming?” Needless to say I got a little excited, and said “YES!”

We ended up ferrying a nice AS350 B2, with another B2 following us up, for H2O Guides in Valdez.

Here are some Photos and Vids from along the way, one of the most amazing experiences in my 30 years on this earth…

End of the Trip, safe and sound at Valdez Airport. PJ Hunt.

Taking off from Bellingham Rain or Shine…….Rain it is…

Flying through Vancouver BC

Flying Low through Vancouver

What are we in for??

Fueling up at Seal Cove

Coastal Cliff

Glacial Ice shed into the bay.

S.E. AK Island

Flying on the Deck through the Inside Passage

Technology keeping us on the right track

Mountains to the South of Juneau

Juneau, Alaska

Whirlwind Helicopters AS350 B2, 350 Whiskey Whiskey!

One of Coastal Helicopter’s A-Star’s

Coastal’s Jet Ranger

Look at these Guys! PJ Hunt (right) and Shu Pong in Juneau.

The View from Behind

With a slight bank turn……

This Guy, he knows how to Fly! PJ.

So Whooo’s Flying??

EPIC Ridge South of Torch Bay

Looking back on the previous Coastal Ridge

Rock Arch in Torch Bay

Rugged Coastal AK waters

Toe of the La Perouse Glacier, carving the landscape…

Glacial Carving

La Perouse Glacier

Flying over Alaska Glaciers

Getting below these clouds…

…To this Bay.

Hitting Coastline

AK Coastal sandy (icy) beaches

Lituya Bay, site of the worlds highest Tsunami on record.

Lituya Bay, site of the worlds highest Tsunami on record.

Fuel stop in Yakutat

Spinning Rotor Tip View of 350ET

Fuel Stop at Yakutat. Note the 70 ft. tall snow pile…

…Snow Pile….

…Snow Pile Summit.

Looking across Yakutat Bay

Khantaak Islands and Yakutat Bay

Looking back at 350WW with the Yakutat Coast breaking.

Icy Bay

PJ in his element

North Hubbard Glacier spilling over the edge

North Hubbard Glacier spilling over the edge

North Hubbard Glacier spilling over the edge

” ” Glacier

” ” Glacier

Rugged AK

Sunset Winds

Chugach Mountains

Copper River

Copper River Peaks

This is the LARGEST Avalanche debris pile I have ever seen.

350WW Safe in Valdez

350ET Ready for the 2012 Heli-Ski Season

And…Tarek…Ready for the 2012 Heli-Ski Season too!

Believe. Make It Happen. Tatanka!!!

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