A message from Ron Hayes: Where Few Planes Have Gone Before

Alaska Rainbow Lodge flies three DeHavilland Beavers and Cessna 180 float planes.


These legendary aircraft are arguably the best planes in the world to serve the guests of our lodge. Why is that so? Because DeHavilland Beavers are strong, dependable and safe, and can take off after reaching a ground speed of 41 knots. 41 knots! Think about this: into a 20-knot headwind, our Beavers can takeoff, fully loaded, at just 21 knots!

Because our takeoff and landing speeds are so slow and short, we have access to fishing locations and remote rivers that receive very little fishing pressure. It’s a definite advantage to have this fleet at your disposal every single day.

To fly these Alaskan workhorses, we employ three full-time pilots I consider to be the best in the business. Pilots Ken Strickler, Ken Bethe and Chip Ferguson represent over 60 combined years of flying experience and 15,000 hours of logged flight time. (Get to know them in our blog post: The Pilots of Alaska Rainbow Lodge) Add to that my 55 years of flying and over 29,000 hours of flight time and you have a mountain of experience in the cockpit of every plane, every day.

It goes without saying that safety is our first concern; it weighs into every decision we make. Of course, weather plays an important role in our flight planning, and when the conditions dictate, we make the decision not to fly – in which case we just use our jet boats to access the excellent fishing on our home river — the Kvichak.

Exceptional aircraft and pilots are just one more reason to book your Alaskan fishing adventure with Alaska Rainbow Lodge. Call us today and let our pilots and guides show you Alaska, Katmai National Park and the rivers we call home.

Call me today and book your Alaska fishing adventure with Alaska Rainbow Lodge. If you come once, you’ll want to come every year.

I look forward to seeing you in a few months!

Ron Hayes

PS: For those of you who’d like to learn more about the DeHavilland Beaver, here’s a great website to visit: www.dhc-2.com.

We also have a very nice special running right now for July 15th and the 20th. Call me at 1-800-451-6198 and I’ll let you in on the deal.