WILDMAN FIXED WING
Wildman Lake Lodge operates several aircraft, each flown by experienced Alaskan bush pilots with years of experience here on the remote Alaska Peninsula. All Lodge aircraft undergo meticulous Annual Inspections just before the season, performed by FAA Certified A&P Mechanics and Inspectors. Routine maintenance is performed at the lodge by FAA Certified Mechanics, during our busy summer. Our lodge aircraft include: a beautiful IFR certified, 200 mph twin engine Piper Navajo Chieftain, an agile Cessna 185- Sky Wagon, our classic and recently restored De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, as well as two high performance Piper PA-18 Super Cubs. In addition we often charter twin engine Beech Airliners for transporting guests from Anchorage.
Helicopter fishing in Alaska is an important part of our operation. We are the only helicopter flight program on the Alaska Peninsula. As with our fixed-wing aircraft, the helicopter maintenance is highly scrutinized beyond FAA regulation. The dependability and safety of our flight program is overseen by professionals as the highest priority.
Our 1957 De Havilland Beaver on large “Tundra Tires” has been the primary workhorse for the past 23 years at Wildman Lake Lodge. Over the years, every board, nail, gallon of fuel and piece of equipment has been delivered by aircraft, mostly in the Beaver. This iconic Wildman airplane is recently underwent its second total restoration since coming Butch first bought the plane in 1989. After an 8 month restoration in 2017, the Beaver rejoined the Wildman fleet with a new engine and sporting a new red and white Wildman paint scheme and matching interior.
During the season our twin engine Navajo Chieftain, in conjunction larger Beech Airliners flown by our friends at “Lake Clark Air”, carry passengers and supplies from Anchorage, while the role of our bush equipped single engine fleet is to safely transport guests and guides between the lodge and our favorite fly out fishing destinations.
Our Lead Pilot and Lodge Owner Gary “Butch” King, has been flying the Alaska Bush since 1969. Each morning, after studying the current weather and forecasts, Butch will decide what the best aviation options are and announce the days fly-out fishing plan during breakfast.
Generally, he likes to fish half of the guests with guides on the local river and fly other half to fish a neighboring river. The next day we switch, so everyone enjoys a tremendous variety of different fishing and wildlife encounter options during a week at Wildman Lodge.