About Fly Denali
Fly Denali, Inc. is an Alaskan owned and operated small aviation business with a National Park Service concessionaire giving us exclusive permission to land inside the Denali National Park. We have been providing the Denali area with a premier Denali park flightseeing experience since 1992. Fly Denali is owned by Jay Wattum, who is also our chief pilot. Jay was born into an experienced Alaskan aviation family that has traversed the majority of our great state. Jay has over 10,000 hours of flight time and brings not only a love of aviation, but a love of Alaska to his work!
Fly Denali boasts an excellent safety record! Our experienced pilots each have thousands of hours flying, many of these over the Denali National Park, and they return year after year to provide our once in a lifetime tour. Further, our pilots are constantly trained on flight routes, weather protocol, glacier landing conditions, communication, and technology to ensure continued safety and passenger comfort. Our maintenance staff is available around the clock to provide constant mechanical updates and improvements.
The pilots aren't the only ones who keep coming back to work for Fly Denali. Our experienced office, ramping, and driving staff, from all over Alaska and the lower 48, are proud to spend summer after summer ensuring our guests enjoy every minute of their excursion to Denali! Whether giving an easy, hassle-free booking experience, or providing a safe and friendly, complimentary transportation to and from all of the Denali and Healy hotels, our staff takes great pride in making your once in a lifetime glacier landing experience the best part of your Alaskan vacation!
Our fleet consists of the mighty de Havilland Turbo Beaver. The production of these Canadian birds took place between 1947 and 1967, creating in total 1600 Beavers. Only about 60 of these planes were built with turbine powered engines and we're lucky enough to have 3 of them! These planes are powered by a single propeller and were originally created for bush flying which is what makes our planes perfect for flying in Alaska. The Beavers' hydraulic skis and short take off and landing (STOL) ability are what power our planes on and off the glaciers of Denali with ease. Their high-wing design provides an unobstructed view of the breathtaking Alaskan terrain, making this aircraft perfect for flightseeing. The seating arrangement in these planes consists of 5 rows of 2 seats, comfortably fitting 8 passengers and our pilot. Each seat is a window seat providing all of our passengers with with their own private viewing of the beauty below. Each seat comes with it's own interactive headsets which our pilot's use to narrate personalized tours over the Denali National Park and encourage passengers to ask questions.