From your first contact with us to the day you board one of our airplanes, we are committed to making your visit in McCarthy the highlight of your Alaska trip.
Call and talk to one of our staff about including Wrangell-St. Elias in your Alaska vacation plans.
Wrangell Mountain Air is an FAA approved Air Taxi based at McCarthy, Alaska, near the geographic center of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. From May to October we operate six professionally maintained aircraft, all equipped with intercoms and individual passenger headsets that allow conversation and narration by the pilot during the flight.
Our office staff is friendly and experienced in sorting out the details of your Alaska vacation itinerary, especially when it comes to Wrangell-St. Elias. Whether planning a day excursion to Kennicott, extended stay in the area, a backcountry trip or arranging transportation to Kennicott and McCarthy, take advantage of our long time experience and knowledge. We can help you customize your trip to fit your schedule and budget and are happy to share our knowledge of other areas of Alaska.
Wrangell Mountain Air Pilots
Our crew of highly experienced Alaskan pilots knows the Park well and are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge of the history, geology and landscape of Wrangell-St. Elias. All five of our pilots have thousands of hours of mountain flying experience and many years dedicated to flying in Wrangell-St. Elias and all over the state of Alaska. Flying with some of the best pilots in Alaska ensures you a safe and rewarding experience in Wrangell- St. Elias National Park.
Bill McKinney, Pilot
We talked Bill into flying for us in 2007. He comes with a solid background in aviation, flying for air taxis and lodges around Denali National Park. He started flying by accident in the early 70’s when a mountaineering expedition in Peru turned into a love affair with early hang gliders. One thing led to another; sailplanes then powered flight. In addition to his skills as a pilot (now grey and far more cautious) he still gets out to climb, hike or kayak, preferably with his wife or two grown children. When not conducting one of his informative flightseeing tours, Bill is found working on his cabin outside of McCarthy, or flying his airplane to remote destinations in Wrangell-St. Elias. Bill has accumulated 7000 hours flying amongst the largest mountains in North America.
Martin Boniek, Owner / Pilot
Martin hails from Colorado where he is a Professor of Aviation at Aims College during the winter months teaching everything from basic flight instruction to Turbine Transition training in twin engine aircraft. During the summer you will often find Martin flying Wrangell Mountain Air customers in the DeHavilland Beaver, his favorite airplane. Martin has been with the company since 2003 and has over 9000 hrs flight time. When he isn’t flying for Wrangell Mountain Air he usually off on a trip with his family in his own airplane exploring Alaska.