Our Own Alaska Pilot

Karen Hessert, has worked for Alaska Tour & Travel for over 10 years, and has lived in Alaska for over 20 years.  Last summer Karen decided it was time to fulfill her dream of becoming an Alaskan pilot and late in the year she received her private pilot license.  Karen recently said “as I reached another milestone in my journey I looked back and am amazed at all the skills I have acquired as well as the spectacular adventures I have experienced.  Whether I am at Merrill Air Field doing touch and go’s around Anchorage, going out to the practice fields near Big Lake or going on another cross country trip to Fairbanks, Seward, Soldotna, Gulkana or other areas within South central and Interior parts of Alaska I am reminded each time of the precious scenery Alaska has to offer.  Absolutely stunning views and I have the best seat to witness it all.”

Whether you are another inspiring future pilot or just want to experience a short flight, flight seeing tours only add to the reality of the vastness Alaska has to offer and an experience you will never forget.  As we’ve followed Karen’s journey to becoming a pilot and since then heard many fabulous stories of her flights, we’re pleased that she can share those experiences and knowledge of flight-seeing with our clients.  As Amelia Earhart once said “You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky.” 

So when you are in Alaska this summer, and see a small plane above you – be sure to wave as it might just be Karen, your own Alaska travel expert taking off for another Alaskan adventure.


  1. Lorys Stiel
    March 23rd, 2012 | 8:20 am

    Greetings from Sunny Florida!
    My husband and I will be in Anckorage on Thursday night and Friday, June 29th after a Land Tour for three days. We have half a day in Anchorage until we meet up with our coach to Steward for a 7 day cruise.
    Do you offer a short flight seeing tour? Are you available that day?
    Thank you,
    Lorys & Mitchell Stiel

  2. March 28th, 2012 | 1:41 pm

    Lorys –

    Give us a call at 800-208-0200 and we can set you up on a flightseeing tour out of Anchorage. You have a few options to choose from so lets have you discuss them with one of our reservationists.

  3. Retiredflyer
    April 12th, 2012 | 9:52 am

    Am coming up for one of your tours (18 May- 28 May). Wanted to say gongrats on the Private Pilots license. After flying for 40 years for the government, my most memorable memory was getting my Private license.
    Keep up with flying, there are many adventures awaiting you especially in Alaska.

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