Rust’s Flying Service

Rust's Flying Service - Alaska Flight Seeing Tours

FLIGHTSEEING TOURS

Discover McKinley Tour

3 hours
– Offered year round
This is one of the most popular tours and it will make your jaw drop. Soar to new heights on our intimate, 3-hour Discover Denali Flightseeing Tour with an experienced Alaska bush pilot who loves to share Alaska’s most inaccessible and spectacularly wild settings.
Tour Features:
– Denali Summit/Foothills
– Ruth Glacier
– The Great Gorge
– Ice Falls
– Landing, pilot’s choice

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Prince William Sound Glacier Tour

– 2-1/2 to 3 hours
– Summer only
Soar above the blue crevassed face of a 3,000 ft. thick glacier and view some of Alaska’s most rugged mountain peaks on this 2-½ to 3 hour Prince William Sound flightseeing tour from Anchorage. This is our pilots’ favorite trip.
Tour Features:
– Tidewater and hanging glaciers
– Prince William Sound
– Chugach Mountains
– Cascading waterfalls
– Alaska wild and marine life
– Landing

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Alaska Wildlife & Glacier Tour

– 1-1/2 to 2-1/4 hours
– Offered year round
Soar over towering Knik Glacier – the centerpiece of Lake George National Natural Landmark. At 25 miles long and 5 miles wide, Knik Glacier is one of Southcentral Alaska’s largest and most spectacular glaciers.
Tour Features:
– Knik or Tirumvirate glaciers
– Knik Glacier Gorge
– Chugach Mountains
– Colony Glacier
– Lake George
– Alaska wildlife
– Optional landing

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Anchorage Safari Tour

– 1/2 hour
– Summer only
Get a unique perspective of Anchorage on this 1/2-hour seaplane adventure. Your pilot will choose the most scenic and interesting flightseeing option, exploring the western front of the Chugach Mountains, Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm or Knik Arm.
Tour Features:
– Chugach Mountains
– Alaska wildlife
– Scenic Turnagain Arm
– Alaska wildlife
– Anchorage skyline
– View the Alaska Range

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BEAR VIEWING TOURS

Redoubt Bay Lodge Tour

– Departs 8 am or 12:30 pm
– June, July, and August
Fly 70 miles southwest of Anchorage to Lake Clark Wilderness Preserve, site of Redoubt Bay Lodge and Alaska brown and black bear viewing by boat with experienced natural history guides. This is a half-day trip with morning and afternoon departures, approximately 6½ hours. Bear Viewing is on a lake from a covered boat with a guide. A light meal is included.
Tour Features:
– Alaska black and brown bear in their natural habitat
– Experienced naturalist guides
Scenic flightseeing
– Light lunch in the day lodge
– Morning or afternoon departure
– Extended and overnight packages available

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Katmai National Park Tour

– Departs 8 am; returns 6 to 8 pm
– July Only
Visit Brooks Falls, which is world-renown for Alaska bear viewing. Watch brown bear fish for spawning salmon from elevated viewing platforms and boardwalks. This 10 to 12hour journey includes a lunch and a scenic 2 to 3 hour flight each way. Bear viewing includes walking on relatively flat paths; self guided, but National Park Rangers are readily available.
Tour Features:
– World-famous brown bear viewing at Brooks Falls
– Two viewing platforms with National Park Rangers
– Intimate 2 to 3 hour scenic flightseeing tour
– Box lunch
– Wildlife watching on return flight

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Lake Clark National Park

– Departs 8 am; returns approximately 7 pm
– July, August, and September
Take a scenic flight to Crescent Lake for Alaska brown bear viewing from a covered boat with knowledgeable guides. This trip has a morning departure with an approximately hour and half flight and about 10 hours total for the excursion. Bear viewing from an open boat with a guide; most of the bear viewing is on a lake.
Tour Features:
– Thrilling 70 minute flightseeing tour to Lake Clark National Park to Redoubt Mountain Lodge
– Up close bear viewing from a covered boat – watch bears feed on spawning salmon
– Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna volcanoes
– Homemade lunch in cozy day lodge

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Rust’s Flying Service is the premier operator of Alaska flightseeing tours and Alaska day tours in Anchorage, Alaska. Family-owned and operated since 1963, Rust’s has an unsurpassed safety record and an overwhelming enthusiasm for Alaska aviation. With an experienced crew of Alaska bush pilots and dependable fleet of Cessnas (including a Caravan on floats), deHavilland Beaver and Turbine Otter seaplanes, they are proud to offer Alaska flightseeing tours and Alaska day tours like bear viewing and fly-in fishing throughout Alaska.

Rust’s is based at Lake Hood Seaplane Base in Anchorage, Alaska, offering daily departures for Alaska flightseeing tours and Alaska day tours such as bear viewing, remote trout and salmon fishing trips, hunting trips, remote Alaska lodge experiences and more.

It all began in 1963, when retired Air Force Colonel and WWII vet Henry “Hank” Rust founded Rust’s Flying Service using a Piper Super Cub (two-seat airplane) to fly hunters and fishermen to remote areas of Alaska.
As times changed, so did this little business. Rust’s Flying Service added airplanes to accommodate more fishermen, hunters, flightseers and Alaska’s burgeoning tourist industry.

Over the next 40 years, Rust’s fleet grew to include nine seaplanes, including Cessna 206’s, deHavilland Beavers and deHavilland Turbine Otters. The types of trips offered also changed from just hunting and fishing, still a core business, to include an assortment of flightseeing tours of Alaska’s most popular destinations such as Mt. McKinley, Columbia Glacier and bear viewing tours in Katmai National Park, flights to wilderness cabins and remote upscale lodges.

A Great Addition… In May 1996, the Rust family purchased K2 Aviation, a flightseeing and mountain climber support company located in Talkeetna, Alaska that specializes in flightseeing tours of Mt. McKinley, the Alaska Range and glacier landings. K2 operates a fleet of eight wheel and ski planes including Cessna 185’s, Piper Cherokee and twin-engine Navajo Chieftain, deHavilland Beavers and deHavilland Turbine Otters. In additional to the flightseeing tours, K2 flies mountain climbers to the Kahiltna Base Camp to begin their climb of Mt. McKinley.

What to wear and bring…
During the summer season, May through September 15, we encourage you to layer your clothing, bring a light jacket and wear long pants. In addition, it is a very good idea to have comfortable, closed toe shoes and sunglasses. We provide glacier overboots for landings. During the shoulder seasons: It is a good idea to bring a heavier coat, gloves/mittens, a hat and boots.

Rust’s Flying Service at Lake Hood

Physical Address:
4525 Enstrom Circle
Anchorage, AK 99502
Toll Free: 800-544-2299 (outside of Anchorage)
Phone: 907-243-1595- for questions, reservations and summertime courtesy shuttle.

Map & Directions

Welcome to Anchorage, Alaska! Please scroll down for directions to our office, dock and hanger located at Lake Hood Seaplane Base.


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Directions:

Go west on International Airport Road West
Take the North Terminal exit at Postmark Drive
Take the first right onto Heliport (a very short road)
(follow the signs for the Alaska Aviation Museum)
Turn right onto Aircraft Drive (the first stop sign)
Follow Aircraft Drive for .25 miles
Rust Flying Service is on the left
Look for our big hangar, the office is tucked behind it

OR

From International Airport Road, follow the signs for the Alaska Aviation Museum.  You’ll see our hangar on the right.

 

Rust’s Flying Service

Anchorage International Airport
P.O.Box 190867
4525 Enstrom Circle
Anchorage, AK 99502
1-800-544-2299

907-243-1595
Fax: 907-248-0552

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