We’ve taken our time assembling a team of the best pilots available to fly our DeHavilland Beavers and Cessna 180 floatplanes. With over 15,000 hours of logged flight time between the three, our guests can be confident that they’re flying out to Alaska’s best fishing streams with world-class pilots. Get to know them:
Ken Strickler, Chief Pilot
Ken Strickler has flown for ARL for the past 10 seasons, and has been chief pilot for nine of them. He’s happy to say there hasn’t been a single accident in all that time. After flying in and out of various fishing locations hundreds of times, Ken is an expert at handling the unique challenges of each and every takeoff, flight and landing, and he prides himself on keeping guests safe and at ease throughout every trip.
In 2001, Ken retired from the U.S. Army after 26 years, and now thoroughly enjoys not working in the off-season – spending plenty of time with his family, hunting, traveling and snowboarding.
Chip Ferguson (Pilot)
Chip Ferguson has been a bush plane pilot for the past eight years and a pilot for ARL for the past five years. Chip graduated from Texas A&M Galveston with a marine business degree and started flying while he was in college. You could say that flying is in his blood. His grandfather was a fighter pilot instructor for the Air National Guard and flew P-51 Mustangs. Chip’s father was an aerobat pilot flight competing in Texas and Florida throughout his childhood. Today, like his father and grandfather, Chip is a born pilot and spends every moment possible in the air when he’s not working in Dallas, Texas, in his family’s business.
Ken Bethe loves fishing as much as he loves flying. When he’s not escorting guests to secluded fishing destinations for Alaska Rainbow Lodge, he goes home to northwest Arkansas to enjoy freshwater fishing for Bass, Crappie, Stripers and more. He’ll occasionally spend a month or two in New Zealand’s South Island, sight fishing for giant Brown Trout and enjoying the Kiwi hospitality, while holidays are reserved for his children and grandchildren. By March, he’s looking forward to returning to the Alaskan summer.
Our capacity is limited. Don’t miss your chance to make this year the year of the greatest fishing trip of your life (until your next trip with us, that is)! Book your Alaska fly fishing experience today.