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Misty Fjords - Glacier Charter Flight
(Ski plane glacier flight)
Location of Flight
70 miles direct - 100
miles for routing
Estimated Time en Route
1 hour direct - 1.5
hours for route
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|Flight Plans (GPS & FSNav)
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Skiplane for glacier landing
When you take your first
trip to Alaska, you will have an opportunity to observe the
famous DHC-2 Beavers and other float and ski planes in action.
Many flights for this area are for the tourists arriving on
the cruise ships docking there. The flights are
sometimes short so people can enjoy the experience but get
back to the ship before it leaves. It is said if you've only
taken a cruise to Alaska, and never got more than 3 miles
from the ship, you still have not seen Alaska. "The Glaciers"
charters starting in Ketchikan and ending in Stewart give
the virtual tourist in us a deeper look into the very heart
of Misty Fjords and its sometimes icy interior. During these
flights, the pilots often tell wonderful stories about the
fascinating scenery you are seeing out the windows of the
aircraft. There is much history in Alaska, and many stories
to tell. Many of these stories and packets of information
in our flights come from contributing websites on the internet
and we have documented each one carefully twice. If you click
on the (see note xx) you will find it is a hyperlink directly
to that website where you can find even more information on
the subject being discussed. Mostly, these flights are centered
around FSNavigator4. If your virtual plane handles an autopilot,
these "fsn" plans will control your direction (you
should control your altitude) so you can read along with the
information below. Also included is a FS2004 flight plan so
you may also use your GPS (altitude will be controlled manually
by you in that case). But if you want to fly pure VFR, all
headings and distances are given and it can be done easily.
Doug's Charter Flights are created to give the 'tourist' in
us an opportunity to experience virtual Alaska making it 'as
real as it gets.' Just follow the FSNavigator fixes (depicted
on the maps supplied) and as you arrive at each of them, read
the text that explains what you are seeing out your windows.
We hope you enjoy the flights and enjoy the wonders of Alaska
[virtually] as though your were there (actually!).
- Required Scenery: The Misty Fjords scenery package
is highly recommended for these charters. (Without this
package, the flight plans are not reliable for autopilot
use). The Misty Fjords scenery is more accurately placed
than that in the original FS9 package, and the automated
flight plans, without this package, can cause severe damage
to your aircraft! (Bouncing off mountains is not recommended!)
- FSNavigator4: "FSNav" is recommended.
You will find ".fsn" plans for this package in
a zipped file in the table at the top of the page. There
are two of them, leduc.fsn and chickamin.fsn. These are
the two flight alternatives. Fly the suggested altitude
for the legs and FSNav will guide you safely through the
flight. YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF THE ALTITUDE ... make sure
to set FSNav's altitude option to "manual" control.
You may download the zipped file of FS9 and FSNav flight
plans from the top table.
- EZ-Landmarks: A special EZ-Landmarks database
has been prepared for you to add to your EZ-Landmark databases.
This gives you over 400 new waypoints throughout the Misty
Fjords scenery package. When flying VFR ... and these charters
are set up for VFR ... knowing what is outside your window
is important. You can download the database from the link
in the top table.
- The VFR Flight Planning will be in BOLD type.
The narration, telling you what is outside your window
will be in italics.
- Briefings are Available: If you would like the
briefing window to be active so you can follow the flight
easily, go to the download table above and download TheGlaciers.zip.
Follow the instructions to add it to FS9.
This is a typical sight-seeing tour that leaves from
Ketchikan International Airport (PAKT) and flies not direct either
directly or indirectly (your choice) for sightseeing to the Glacier
area of the Misty Fjords National Monument. There are three sections
to this "charter." First there is the "approach" ...
this consists of the first 6 fixes, giving sightseeing information
along the way. Then you have a choice to fly to the Leduc or Chickamin
glacier. The flights are set up for "pure" VFR, treetop
This charter package gives you one route to the glaciers,
to the outflow of the Chickamin River, but two alternatives for
flying to and through the glacier areas, Leduc and Chickamin. Both
give you breathtaking views of the river basins leading away to
the glaciers and very different ascents and descents up to the
glaciers and back down to the Portland Canal. Once you've flown
the approach, you may want to start again at the outflow of the
Chickamin and take the alternative route.
Start your flight at Ketchikan International Airport
(PAKT) and, if you want to land on the glacier, your aircraft should
have skis. (Although this flight can be made in the comfort of
a twin engine aircraft for more speed and comfort ... obviously
not landing on the glacier!). Both flight alternatives will terminate
in Stewart, BC at the very head of the Portland Canal, near the
small Alaskan settlement of Hyder, AK.
Glaciers - The Approach (Fixes 1-6)
The Glacier Charters ... Ketchikan
- Enlarged Route Map [here]
- Initial minimum altitude: 1000 feet
- Maximum altitude necessary: 5500 feet
- Printer Friendly Flight Plan [here]
- Set your weather
- Set the plane you want to fly
Direct Routing: At Mountain Point, set a heading of 006 and
fly for 39 miles to the outfall of the Chickamin River. (Or fly
the scenic route starting with Fix 1 below).
If the weather is good, and you do not wish to fly the scenic route,
you can fly a direct route to Fix 6, the outfall of the Chickamin
River. First, fly over Pennock Island to Mountain Point, this is
the point of land on the east side of the Tongass Narrows at the
very south end of the channel. Once you are there, you should have
sufficient altitude to set a heading of 006 for 39 miles at a minimum
altitude of 4500 feet en route to Fix 6, the outfall of the Chickamin
River into the Behm Canal. This will take you direct to Fix 6 and
keep you above the mountains.
Ketchikan Airport - Start in the Ketchikan Area, either at the
international airport, the floatplane base or Totem Bight Floatplane
Ketchikan's History dates back to 1883, when a man named Snow
built a salmon saltery. Two years later, businessmen from Portland,
Oregon, hired Mike Martin to investigate possibilities for building
a salmon cannery on the banks of Ketchikan Creek. By the early 1900's,
Martin and the cannery's manager, George Clark, had set up a partnership
and had opened a saltery and a general store. Two years later, with
the fishing trade flourishing, Ketchikan was definitely in business.
And by 1900, with a population of 800, the town was officially incorporated.
Ketchikan is well known as the salmon capital of the world and
a paradise for sport fishermen and naturalists alike. During the
summer months, the town bustles with visitors from all over the
world. While the rustic boardwalk on Creek Street preserves a distinct
historic feel, the town hums with new construction to keep up with
the ever-expanding wave of tourism. Ketchikan has a population of
14,500 and is built along a steep hillside, with sections of the
town built right over the water on pilings. An outstanding collection
of totem poles make a visit to Ketchikan essential for anyone interested
in Native art. Ketchikan's name supposedly comes from the native
term "Katch Kanna", which roughly translates: "spread
wings of a thundering eagle" and rightly named, for you only
need to look along the water line and you're likely to see many
bald eagles on waterside perches. (See
Fix 1 - Pennock Island - Fly to the center of Pennock Island, heading
southbound. Over Pennock Island, set a heading of 094 heading for
Bold Island, 7.5 miles ahead.
After we take off from Ketchikan International Airport (PAKT)
we will position ourselves southbound over Pennock Island, a large
island in the center of the Tongass Narrows (channel). Ketchikan
will be on our left. As you approach Pennock Island, you will be
flying over the busy floatplane base 5KE in Ketchikan Harbor. On
the leading area of the island slightly to the east, notice the
wind generator. The cruise ships tie up to the dock directly in
front of the wharf at Ketchikan, don't be surprised if you don't
encounter cruise ships during our flight. As you come over Pennock
Island, you will see the US Coast Guard Base (complete with cutter)
there on the east side of the channel.
Also along the waterfront just 2 1/2 miles south of Ketchikan
is the Native City of Saxman, the small community is just past the
US Coast Guard base. It was founded in 1894 and named after Samuel
Saxman who came to Alaska to teach school and settled on Tongass
Island, then a village site. When the Cape Fox and Tongass peoples
decided to combine into one village, Samuel and several Native companions
left on a search for a new site. They never returned and were lost
Mountain Point is the last point of land on your left. This is
an excellent local navigational between the Ketchikan area and the
Misty Fjords National Monument areas. There is a logging community
around the point and you will often see tugboats pulling log rafts
in this area. You will also find a salmon cannery tucked into the
bay by the bridge. The large inlet to the left is the Carrol Inlet
that goes up behind Ketchikan. On the right the finger of land pointing
toward us is Race Point, with Annette Bay between the point and Red
Mountain to the right. At the northern point of Red Mountain, where
it nears the sea is the tiny settlement of China Town. The land mass
to your right is Annette Island.
Fix 2 - At Bold Island, set a course of 089 for Alava Point,
the point of land at the entrance of the Bhem Canal 5 miles ahead.
You are now flying over the Rivillagigedo Channel. The small
Spire Island is coming up just to our right. Watch the channel carefully
as we fly and you will see the navigational channel markers blinking
along the way. To the left of Bold Island is a little cove called
Coho Cove. Look closely and you will see Antelope Ranch there, complete
with bed and breakfast, a dirt runway and a water Hangar and dock.
The body of water coming up on the left is the Thorne Arm and it
goes in that direction for nearly 40 miles. There are some beautiful
sights along this part of the Misty Fjords. The tiny island just
past Bold Island is Round Island.
- Revillagigedo Channel. Way before arriving, Alaska extends
you the deep blue carpet of its pristine waters, welcoming you
with this Spanish name. It is the long water passage where the
Alaska Marine Highway begins at the southeastern corner of the
state and takes you almost all the way to Ketchikan, the first
town of any size. Regular ships use this channel as one of the
numerous water passages forming the system of the marine highways
along the coast for their calmer waters. The name was bestowed
upon the channel by the Jacinto Caamaño's expedition of
1792. George Vancouver's map not only respected this Spanish name,
but added a few more of his own,
as we will see. (See
- We will be turning into the Behm Canal on our way to the
glaciers. You will often see cruise ships plying the waters of
the Revillagigedo Channel in this area. Keep a close eye out for
them. Behm Canal, a deep, long waterway of the northeastern Pacific
Ocean, leads to the heart of the Monument. Picturesque areas such
as Rudyerd Bay and Walker Cove are surrounded by rock walls jutting
3,000 feet (900 meters) above the ocean. Flightseers, boaters,
and hikers may photograph, fish, hunt, or view the long, deep,
narrow fjords and steep-walled canyons- enjoying the outstanding
scenic beauty and rugged terrain of Misty Fiords. (See
Fix 3 - At Alava Point set a heading of 015 for Smeaton Island,
about 12.5 miles ahead.
Before we reach Smeaton Island, we will first fly over Fox Point
and then Rudyerd Island comes up dead ahead. As you cross Rudyerd
Island, you now have a good view of Smeaton Island, our next waypont.
As you approach Smeaton Island, make sure you are at a minimum of
1500 feet, as its altitude is 1400 feet.
As we fly to Smeaton Island, there are several notes of interest.
First, we will fly over Alava Bay, coming up to your left. Look
closely at the larger island and you might see the Alava Bay cabin,
one of the US Forestry Service maintained cabins. You can stay at
these for about $25 a night. They are very rustic, mostly with an
outhouse and a mop. And if you go to their website, they'll even
tell you to bring a 30.06 rifle along for "safety"!
- Don José Manuel de Alava, a Spanish army brigadier
general, replaced Francisco Eliza as Governor of Nootka in 1793
and upon the death of Bodega y Quadra he became the commandant
of the Department of San Blas, headquarters for exploring and
administering Spanish territories of the Pacific Northwest. He
represented Spain in the signing of the settlement of Nootka with
Thomas Pierce, lieutenant of the Royal Marines of England who
had also succeeded George Vancouver as the British delegate. This
eventful ceremony, ending the Spanish official presence in these
territories, took place in March 1795. (See
Fix 4 - At Smeaton Island, set a course of 353 for Winstanley
As you approach Winstanley Island, watch for the lakes to your
right. Winstanley Lake is in that direction about 5 miles, there
are two US Forestry Service Cabins there. The small island ahead
of us just before we get to Winstanley Island is Candle Island.
We use Candle Island as a visual navigational fix to service the
cabins in that area.
Fix 5 - Over Winstanley Island, set a heading of 327 that takes
you to the outfall of the Chickamin River.
The Chickamin outfall is our key waypoint for entering the glacier
area of Misty Fjords. As we cross over the north end of Winstanley
Island, you will see a small cove, on that cove is another US Forestry
Service Cabin ... look closely, you can sometimes see the smoke
coming from the cabin.
Just to the left of our course is "New Eddystone Rock"
... this is an interesting structure that looks like a chimney,
(a 230 foot tall tower of basalt in real life). To the right are
the tiny Eddystone Islands that are made of the same material. We
continue on a course of 357 for about 21 miles. We will cross over
Cactus point and Manzanita Island along the way.
- The island called"New Eddystone Rock" is a pillar
of basalt. Sometime during the last 5 million years, the basalt
came from fractures in the floor of Behm Canal. The broken, haphazard
texture of these basalts indicates that New Eddystone Rock was
part of a volcanic vent where magma rose repeatedly to the surface
of the earth. When in its molten state, the basalt was very liquid,
so that it spread out over a large area, like pancake batter on
a griddle. These flows cooled from both the top and the bottom
forming the hexagonal columns which are visible on several of
the islands surrounding New Eddystone rock. After the basalt flows
covered the floor of Behm Canal, another glacial advance scoured
away much of the flow, leaving behind New Eddystone Rock and some
of the islands to the northeast, the New Eddystone Islands. (See
Fix 6 - The Chickamin River Outfall
At Fix 6, you turn into the Chickamin River basin. Set your heading
for 026. As you approach this fix, you will be wanting to either
decide to go to the Leduc or Chickamin glacier. Once that decision
is made, be sure you have the correct flight plan loaded and go
to The Leduc River
Route or to the Chickamin River Route
As you move to Fix 7 in one of the two alternatives below, you
will have to spend most of your time watching your altitude and
changing your headings to keep your aircraft safely flying through
the mountainous mazes that lie ahead. You will be busy indeed, but
enjoy the scenery as you fly. This is why the Misty Fjords scenery
package was created, to give you, the virtual pilot a "near-real"
experience of flying through the beautiful Alaskan landscape.
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Entering the Chickamin Outfall
Fix 7 - Following the Chickamin basin Follow the river up the LEFT
branch ... set a heading of 353.
- Enlarged Route Map [here]
- Initial minimum altitude: 1000 feet
- Maximum altitude necessary: 6000 feet
- Printer Friendly Flight Plan [here]
At Fix 7, you will see the rivers splitting. The Chickamin
River goes off to the right and the Leduc, which we will be following
goes off to the left. At fix 7, turn to the left and set your
heading for 353 and fly straight for about 3 miles to what looks
like the end of this valley. You will then turn to starboard.
Fix 8 - The River Basins Diverge - Heading of 020 but for a
At Fix 8, you will turn to starboard setting a heading for
020, but you will only fly this heading shortly as the river
quickly bends back to port. This is the Leduc River coming toward
us fro the left with the Chickamin River veering off to the right.
Fix 9 - Round the Bend - set a heading of 341 for 3 miles.
At Fix 9 follow the bend around to port on a heading of 341
for about 3 miles. Your next turn will follow the river basin
a little to starboard to fly a straight section of the basin.
We are now in the Leduc River Basin and will follow it to its
source, the foot of the Leduc Glacier 20 miles ahead and 5500
feet above us.
Fix 10 - Continue to follow the Leduc Basin changing heading to
At Fix 10 -Change your heading to 009 and follow this heading
up the river for 4 miles. You'll be following the curves in the
river as that become a little more frequent as we near the glacier.
Fix 11 - Continue the Turns .. Heading 344 for 3 miles.
At Fix 11 -Correct your heading to 344 for and maintain it
for 2.7 miles.
Fix 12 - Start your climb to the Glacier and set a heading
of 009 for 3 miles.
Change your heading back to 009 for 3.6 miles ... continuing
to wind you way along the basin following the meandering Leduc
- BEGIN INCREASING YOUR ALTITUDE TO 6000 FEET at a 700
Fix 13 - Continue Increasing your Altitude and set a heading
of 037 for 6 miles
At Fix 13, set a heading of 037 and CONTINUE INCREASING ALTITUDE
TO 6000 feet at 700 fpm. You will continue this heading for 3
miles. We are about 6 miles from the glacier.
Fix 14 - Set a heading of 072 and the Glacier comes into Sight
At Fix 14, make a turn toward starboard setting your heading
at 072. Once you make the turn, you will see the foot of the
Leduc Glacier coming down the mountain above you, continue to
increase your altitude. Your next course correction is 3 miles
ahead, only a slight adjustment in heading to port.
Fix 15 - Over the Foot set your heading for 064 to follow it
At Fix 15, change your heading slightly to 064 to stay over
the center of the glacier's foot ... continue climbing (you'll
be glad you did!).
Fix 16 - Follow the Foot turning to 357
At Fix 16, turn left to a heading of 357 to follow the curve
of the glacier, be ready for a turn to starboard as the glaciers
turns. Follow this for about 2 miles. As you reach the summit of
the glacier you will notice a "nanatuk" straight ahead
- Nanatuks appear as bare rock islands extending above the
surface of the surrounding glacier. Examples of "nunataks" can
be seen north of the Chickamin Glacier. Mount John Jay, Mount
Upshur, and other prominent peaks over 6,500 feet high line
the International Border. (See
Fix 17 - A Tricky Turn to the Right to a heading of 179
At Fix 17, you are at the summit of the glacier, you will see
a rounded hump just to starboard, you will want to fly to the
right around that hump changing your heading to 179. On this
heading, you will fly down the Leduc Glacier heading for the
Soule Glacier. You will maintain this heading for 7 miles. If
you would like to land on the glacier, there are several safe
places on this particular leg of the flight.
Fix 18 - Crossing the Chickamin Glacier and the Through Glacier
on a heading of 179 for 7 miles
At this fix, set your heading for 179 degrees. Maintain your
altitude flying this leg for 7 miles. You will be crossing the
Chickamin Glacier ... look down into the valley on the right
and you will see the Chickamin River Basin miles below, a beautiful
view on a clear day. Ahead, you will see the Through Glacier.
There are some good places to land on this glacier also.
Fix 19 - Turning down the Through Glacier, heading of 118 for
Over the center of the Through Glacier, turn left to a heading
of 118 and maintain this course for 6 miles. At the end of this
glacier we will be turning to the right onto the Soule Glacier.
As you approach the turn to the Soule Glacier, look over the edge
and you will see "No Name Lake," a jewel of a lake nestled
in the valley below. It is at an altitude of only 606 feet.
Fix 20 - At the Soule Glacier turn to 142 - reduce altitude.
Turn right over the Soule Glacier, to a heading of 142. You
should begin reducing altitude.
- BEGIN REDUCING ALTITUDE - Set altitude for 1200 feet
descending at a rate of 900 fpm.
Fix 21 - At the foot of the Soule Glacier stear to 125 down
to the valley below.
Fly a heading of 125 over the foot of the Soule Glacier and
on down to the melt waters that form the Soule River. We will follow
the Soule River to its outfall in the Portland Canal, about 6 miles
from here. Continue your descent toward 1200 feet at 900 fpm. Don't
forget to reduce your engine revolutions so you do not overspeed.
Fix 22 - As you pass Hayford Mountain and enter the Portland
Canal, turn to 088.
Turn to 088. The large mountain passing to your right is Hayford
Mountain. Ahead you can see the outfall of the Soule River into
the beautiful Portland Canal. We will be flying out over the
Portland Canal and turning to port to line up for an approach
at Stewart, BC.
Fix 23 - Line up for the Approach to Stewart BC on a heading of
Fly almost across the Portland Canal, then turn to port to
a heading of 003. This will line you up for your approach at
Stewart, BC. Adjust altitude accordingly for a safe landing.
As you approach Stewart, the Salmon River outfall will appear
on your left. These are the melt waters from the Salmon Glacier
some 5000 feet above you. The Salmon River is one of the best
salmon fishing rivers in the world. The small community beside
the outfall is Hyder, AK.
Welcome to Stewart, BC ... we hope you enjoyed your flight.
If you have not yet flown the Chickamin River Route, you can
download the route from the top table. If you don't want to fly
the first 6 fixes again, then you can fly direct to Fix 6 and
use the information listed below for the Chickamin River flight.
You will find it is an entirely different scenery, just as beautiful
and you will see several glaciers you've not yet seen.
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Fix 7 - Following the Chickamin River Basin heading 360
- Enlarged Route Map [here]
- Initial minimum altitude: 1000 feet
- Maximum altitude necessary: 6000 feet
- Printer Friendly Flight Plan [here]
As you follow the Chickamin River basin, you will need to make
a heading correction to port coming to a heading of 360, a slight
turn to the left. Below, you are looking at the combined melt
waters from the the Leduc and Chickamin glaciers. This leg is
3.9 miles long.
- You can maintain an altitude as low as 1500 feet until you
reach Fix 11 where you must begin your climb to 6000 feet.
Fix 8 - As the rivers split, correct heading to 010.
Continuing to follow the basin, make a slight heading to starboard
correcting heading to 010. Ahead, you will see the rivers diverging.
The Leduc river is coming in from the left and the Chickamin
river is coming in from the right. At our next fix, we will be
taking a turn to the right to follow the Chickamin River to the
Chickamin Glacier, still about 20 miles distant.
Fix 9 - Turning up the Chickamin sharply to the right heading
113 for 4.4 miles
You will make a sharp turn to starboard to a heading of
113 for 4.4 miles. After you have made the turn, you are looking
ahead at Barrier Creek, another glacier melt tributary to the
Chickamin. Start looking for a break in the mountains to port,
notice the river turns back into this narrow divide (a sharp
turn to the left). That will be your next turn as we continue
to follow the Chickamin to its source.
Fix 10 - Turn SHARPLY to port to 348
After you have made the sharp left turn, set your heading on
348. You will be following this basin valley for about 7 miles
before you need to again correct your course.
Fix 11 - Sharp turn to Starboard - Starting the Climb!
At the end of this 7 mile straight run, be ready to make a
rather sharp turn to starboard coming to a of 054, continuing
to follow the basin. Note the basin begins a turn to the left
shortly, continue to follow the basin.
- SET YOUR ALTITUDE FOR 6000 feet ascending at 600 FPM.
Fix 12 - Zigzag to Follow the River turn to 009
Follow the river by turning to 009 at Fix 12.
Fix 13 - Turning again to Follow the River to 058 for 6 miles
At Fix 13, turn to 058. You will follow this valley for 5.9
miles. The foot of the glacier is just around the next bend to the
left, watch for it as you come up to the fix.
Fix 14 - Turning toward the Glacier to 026
Fix 14, turn to 026 toward the foot of the Chickamin Glacier
that you see ahead. This is the source of the Chickamin River,
the melt waters of the glacier. Fly about 2.2 miles to the foot
of the glacier.
Fix 15 - Up the Glacier on a heading of 083
Turn to starboard to a heading of 083. The route will become
straight for 5 miles. You should be near your designated altitude
of 6000 feet. (Recheck your barometer setting) Toward the end
of this leg, you will begin to see the Chickamin Glacier curve
around to the left and gain altitude.
Fix 16 - Heading Toward the Glacier's Foot ... set heading
to 349 and follow the flow of the glacier
Turn to port to a heading of 349 following the flow of the
glacier. The summit of the Chickamin Glacier is now ahead of
you. This is the "snow source" for the glacier that
we have been flying over for the past 15 minutes. You will see
twin peaks called "nunataks" (see below) coming up
the left of our course. Across the glacier from them, you will
notice a gap in the terrain that will allow you to take a sharp
right turn. It looks like a downward shoot.
Be ready to turn into this gap, that will be Fix 17. This is
about 5.5 miles ahead. As you fly to Fix 17, you will be crossing
Fix 17 - Traversing the Glacier set a heading of 047 for 7 miles
- Examples of "nunataks" can be seen north of the
Chickamin Glacier. Mount John Jay, Mount Upshur, and other
prominent peaks over 6,500 feet high line the International
Border, appearing as bare rock islands extending above the
surface of the surrounding glacier. (See
- (So the next time someone tells you to turn right at the
next nunatak, you'll know exactly what they mean!)
We now turn off this part of the glacier setting at heading
of 047 to traverse the glacier. This leg is 6.6 miles long and
has many places where you could land safely if you want to experience
walking around on the glacier here at the top of Misty Fjords.
Don't forget to put the skis "down."
Fix 18 - The Salmon Glacier - Reducing your Altitude and turn
At fix 18, you alter your heading to 143 turning to starboard
and coming over the small Salmon Glacier. Once you make the turn,
you'll see the glacier, and its foot ahead of you. The glacier
melt waters flow down into the valley beyond becoming the famous
Salmon River ... one of the best Salmon fishing rivers in the
world. Fly this leg for 3.3 miles.
- Begin REDUCING ALTITUDE, set the altimeter for 1200 feet
and descend at a rate of 800 fpm.
Fix 19 - The Headwaters of the Salmon River heading 164
Make a small heading correction to 164, you will fly this for
4.7 miles. We will be following the Salmon River Basin to its
outfall into the Portland Canal, about 12 miles ahead. Continue
descending at about 800 feet per minute, gliding down the Salmon
River Basin. This is the source water for the beautiful Salmon
Fix 20 - Heading toward the Portland Canal, heading 154
Adjust your heading to 154, fly this for 3.8 miles. Ahead you
will see the beautiful Portland Canal. As you continue to reduce
altitude, you will be flying to the outflow of the Salmon River.
On your left will be the little settlement of Hyder. We will
fly out over the canal and turn to port making an approach to
Stewart's airport. This would be a good time to contact Stewart
ATC and make sure they know you are coming to them.
Fix 21 - Flying by Hyder, AK ... be ready to turn to 129
Adjust your heading to about 129. Fly to the right side of
the basin, toward the point of land where the mountain touches
the Portland Canal. Once you are at that point, near the mountain,
you will swing out into the center of the Portland Canal turning
to the left lining up for your approach to Stewart, BC.
Fix 22 - Lining up for Stewart
At fix 22. Swing to the left out over the Portland Canal and
line up on the runway for Stewart, BC.
Fix 23 - Approach and Landing at Stewart
You should be lined up and on approach for Stewart airport
at this fix.
Welcome to Stewart, BC and Hyder, AK.
We hope you enjoyed the flight. If you have not done so yet,
you can reset your FSNavigator and load the "Leduc.fsn" plan.
If you do not want to fly the approach, set yourself up at Fix
#6. You will again enter the Chickamin River basis at its outfall
to the Behm Canal. As you fly up the basin, instead of going
to the right up the Chickamin, you will go to the left for an
entirely different glacier flight ... just as beautiful, but
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Comments to Doug
Hope you enjoyed the flight. If you have any questions
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Credits and Thanks
To learn more about the area, I encourage you to
go to the following websites where the information for this flight
was found. Many of these listed websites are very good reading
for background on the area. Our thanks to these websites:
Note 1: Information from: Alaska Inn by the Sea: http://www.alaskatravelers.com/ketchika1.htm
Note 2: Information from Blueberry Hill Bed & Breakfast.
Highly suggest you check out this website. There is a great deal
of information about the area here, and frankly, it is a beautiful
website to visit: http://www.blueberryhillbb.com/history.html
Note 3: Information from The National Snow and Ice Data
Center (NSIDC). The information we posted here is only a small
sampling of the information available on this MOST informative
site. Check it out to learn a great deal more about glaciers. You
can find there website here: http://nsidc.org/glaciers/story/
Note 4: From GORP, fascinating information about the Ketchikan
area and Misty Fjords. For those who want to know more details
about the area (such as the strange-looking New Eddystone Rock),
this is an excellent website to visit: http://gorp.away.com/gorp/resource/US_Wilderness_Area/ak_misty.htm
Note5: From the ExploreNorth.com web site. This site is
absolutely heavily laden with information about Alaska, history,
places, etc. Well worth your time to explore this site and all
the information it has to offer: http://www.explorenorth.com/articles/rey/spanish-irish.html
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