Helicopter FAQ

Helicopter Frequently Asked Questions

 

Sightseeing and Hiking questions

If you don’t see the answer you are looking for, feel free to give us a call at: (907) 733-2218

What type of helicopter does TAT operate?

There are two Robinson R44 II Raven helicopters in our fleet.

Is there a weight limit for the helicopter?
Individual passenger weight must be under 280 lbs.  The total weight of passengers must not exceed 600 lbs, and a maximum of three passengers.
Can I land in Denali National Park in a helicopter?

No, helicopters are not permitted to land in the National Park.  Our helicopter scenic flights offer wilderness landing which may be on snow, ice or tundra depending on the season and availability.

Do I need to reserve the helicopter in advance?

We recommend making a reservation to ensure the time and the pilot are available for the flight.

Remote Access and Sling Load questions

If you don’t see the answer you are looking for, feel free to give us a call at: (907) 733-2218

Do I need to reserve the helicopter in advance?

We recommend making a reservation to ensure the time and the pilot are available for the flight.

How can I contact your office while in a remote location?

If you need to contact our office for emergency or pick up, be sure to relay your group name and your message as clearly as possible.  

Our office is staffed 7 AM until 9 PM after May 1st until September 15th.

If you are calling from a sat or cell phone, you can contact our office at 1-907-733-2218.

If using an InReach contact via email at: info@talkeetnaair.com

Is there a weight limit for the helicopter?
Individual passenger weight must be under 280 lbs.  The total weight of passengers must not exceed 600 lbs, and a maximum of three passengers.
How big of a landing zone is required for the helicopter to land?

The helicopter landing zone required for a pick up/drop off is as follows:

From the center point there needs to be a 50 ft radius (100 ft circle) free from trees and obstacles, within that circle, from the centerpoint there needs to be a 25 ft radius (50 ft circle) cleared of brush, no taller than 1 foot.  

How big is the cargo basket on the helicopter?

The basket is 72″ (6 ft in length), 21″ wide, and 15″ tall.  The weight allowance is 170 lbs.  The basket weighs 50 lbs so the max weight capacity when used is 550 lbs.

Can I ride a long with a sling load?

No, when carrying a sling load, there may be no passengers on board.  Maximum weight for a sling load is 450-500 lbs depending on the load.

What format of GPS coordinates is preferred?

The preferred format of GPS coordinates is Decimal Degrees (DD).  List latitude coordinates before longitude coordinates EX.  62.320904, -150.106628

We perform more glacier landings than any other company in the the world.