FAQs

1. What kind of aircraft will I fly in?

You will fly in either a legendary Dehavilland Beaver (DHC-2) or a Cessna-185. All DeHavilland Beavers & Otters were built in the late 40’s to early 60’s in Toronto, Canada.

2. How many passengers can fly on a tour?

Our aircraft seats up to 6-7 passengers on any Alaska flight seeing tour with each passenger having a window seat. You can also reserve our aircraft just for your party. Please email or call for private group rates.

3. What makes a SeaWind Aviation tour different from the tours offered on our cruise ship or by the larger operators?

  • Our tours are much more personal. You don’t have to compete with large groups of cruise ship passengers for available seats and where you’re called aboard by number.

  • Owner and pilot, Steve Kamm and his crew of pilots, have over 25 years of flying experience in Southeast Alaska . Unlike the larger operations, we don’t have seasonal pilots that migrate up to Ketchikan Alaska in the summer with little experience or are getting first time experience flying in the Southeast panhandle.

  • We pick you up in our van on the dock where your ship moors and drive you 3-5 minutes directly to our dock. Your van ride is complimentary and not part of your tour price – others may charge or leave it up to you entirely.

  • Your tour is longer with us. Unlike many other flight seeing operations in Ketchikan Alaska, your tour starts when you depart on the plane and NOT when you get in our van. We don’t understand it either.

  • Each flight is unique. We do go to the shoreline on our Misty Fjords flights and let you out on land provided bears aren’t too close for comfort. If they are, feel free to step out onto the floats for some great pictures!

4. How is transportation arranged to your dock?

We personally pick you up in our van on the dock in front of the Ketchikan Visitor Center where your ship moors and drive you 3-5 minute directly to our dock. Your van ride is complimentary and not part of your tour price.

5. What is your pilot’s experience?

Born and raised in Ketchikan, Steve Kamm starting flying commercially here in Ketchikan in 1988 and has logged over 17,000 hours. His 25 years of flight experience includes charters and scheduled service all over Southeast Alaska and parts of Canada, hunting trips, lake trips, Misty Fjords tours & bear tours. Aircraft flown includes Cessna C-185, C-206, DeHavilland Beavers, Otters and twin Otters. Steve still shares a passion for flying in this area and living in Ketchikan.

6. Are there any discounts available?

Yes: group, children’s, and active duty and military retiree discounts are available. Please call for more specific quotes.

7. What is required to reserve a flight?

After completing our online reservation request form, we will contact you to arrange a payment. A deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking, and full payment is required on reservations made within 30 days of your trip.

8. What is your cancellation policy?

We require 14 day cancellation notice. Cancellations with 14 days prior notice are fully refundable less a $25.00 per person processing fee. Cancellation fees are waived for flights that are delayed or cancelled due to cruise ship delays or bad weather. Cancellations made less than 14 days prior to your flight and no-shows are non-refundable.

9. Do you accommodate larger people?

Yes we do. The Dehavilland Beaver is quite comfortable and roomy. There may be an additional fee added if your weight exceeds 250lbs, but you will not have to pay an additional fare. Please call us to discuss.

10. Can I speak with the pilot during my Alaska flightseeing tour?

Yes, our noise reduction and voice-activated headsets allow you to speak with the pilot and fellow guests during the flight. All passengers on every flight have the ability to talk, whereas that is not a feature all airlines in Ketchikan can provide for thier tours.

11. Are flights available for handicapped passengers?

Yes, but please keep in mind that every situation is different and the safety of our passengers is the most important thing. If you or a member of your party is handicapped or has special needs, please email or call us so we can get more information to determine if it is safe to take the passenger. We do strive to make it possible for everyone to enjoy our flightseeing tours and we can often help provide passengers with the assistance needed to board the plane.