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Andy Young
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:50 pm    Post subject: Co-pilot Needed from Alaska to Lower 48 Reply with quote

Hi everybody,

This is a re-posting of my recent submission to the thread I had originally started about looking for a copilot on my trip up to Alaska. I recently posted there that I'm now looking for someone to accompany me on the way south. Didn't get any interest from that posting, so thought that perhaps it would be better to post it under it's own subject line, one that is more accurate.

I work summers in Alaska, flying for an air taxi here. My season is almost over, and it's time to start planning my trip back south. I'd like to find someone who wants to do the trip with me, to help defray costs.

I'm hoping to find someone who has always wanted to do the flight to or from Alaska, but hasn't, because they don't have an airplane, or are intimidated by the planning/weather/terrain/logistics/border crossings, etc. I can provide the plane, the experience (done it over a dozen times now, by all different routes), the planning and the decision making. The other person can provide funds for fuel. I'm happy to let them do as much of the flying as they like, as long as they aren't scaring me. I will probably want to do the landings, depending on experience and comfort level.

I plan to leave the Anchorage area around September 16 or 17th, though I do have a little flexibility there.

They would need to get themselves to Anchorage, and home from Denver, Colorado, unless there is somewhere better I can drop them along the way..

So. Any of you know someone who might like to do this?

Andy
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I flew to Anchorage with Andy last spring. Guys, I don't care what you are doing, or how busy you think you are, if you've always wanted to do this but can never seem to find time or energy, think again. This was the best cross country flight of my life. Andy knows what he's doing, is a great mentor and guide, and is a great guy to share a cockpit with.
I dropped everything, rearranged my work schedule, bought a plane ticket and went on this trip. I can't do it twice in a year, but i'd do it again next year if Andy repeats the invitation.
The weather agreed so we got to Anchorage well ahead of our time cushion, so I had a couple days to stooge around Anchorage and explore the town, airports, and a few sights.
You only live once.

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Andy Young
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wyflyer wrote:
I flew to Anchorage with Andy last spring. Guys, I don't care what you are doing, or how busy you think you are, if you've always wanted to do this but can never seem to find time or energy, think again. This was the best cross country flight of my life. Andy knows what he's doing, is a great mentor and guide, and is a great guy to share a cockpit with.
I dropped everything, rearranged my work schedule, bought a plane ticket and went on this trip. I can't do it twice in a year, but i'd do it again next year if Andy repeats the invitation.
The weather agreed so we got to Anchorage well ahead of our time cushion, so I had a couple days to stooge around Anchorage and explore the town, airports, and a few sights.
You only live once.

[/img]http://s1347.photobucket.com/user/tomthrall/slideshow/Alaska%20flight


Thanks Tom,

I'd fly again with you anytime.

Andy Young
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MauleMechanic
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best slide show I have seen in a while. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the time you depart Anchorage, how many days would it take to get to Denven? Or maybe a better question is how many flight hours? How do you normally handle the trip? I would love to make the trip. It would take some juggling.
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TomD
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:54 pm    Post subject: Trip Reply with quote

Damn!!

I have already booked a non refundable trip or I would jump at this opportunity.

Give a heads up on the flip side next Spring.

Tom
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Andy Young
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

multimauler wrote:
From the time you depart Anchorage, how many days would it take to get to Denven? Or maybe a better question is how many flight hours? How do you normally handle the trip? I would love to make the trip. It would take some juggling.


Hi David,
Sorry it has taken me so long to reply. Just after my last post, phone and internet went down at my air taxi base, and just came back up today. We're out in the middle of nowhere, so when the satellite li goes down, there's no place closeby to get a connection.

Flight time is about 17 or 18 hours. Three days enroute is reasonable if there are no weather delays, though I typically plan five for the trip, just to allow for weather delays, etc. Not sure what you meant by how I handle the trip, but if you can expand on that, I'll be happy to answer.
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Andy Young
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Reply with quote

TomD wrote:
Damn!!

I have already booked a non refundable trip or I would jump at this opportunity.

Give a heads up on the flip side next Spring.

Tom


Will do!
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truthinbeer
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andy, I would be there in a heartbeat I could afford it...maybe next year if things turn around. It all looks like "The Fantastic Journey". It has been highlighted on my list.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:38 pm    Post subject: co pilot Reply with quote

Andy,
I met a gal at Lake Hood the other day that is hitch hiking around the US in airplanes. She is looking for a ride south. I sent you her contact info via pm. Her website is jethiking.com or facebook.com/jethiking
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