Flying around the Yukon;
Welcome to YukonFlying's 'Pre-Flight' procedure , we want to help you have a safe and enjoyable trip flying around the Yukon. To help you prepare here are a few resources you might need;
Places to Fly;
Thinking of going flying in the Yukon? Try Carcross.......check out the video below;
Or, if you are interested in a list of my FAVORITE FLY-TO DESTINATIONS for a few ideas of what to do on wheels this link will get you there?
ABOVE - YouTube Video - Flying into Len Burrows Strip with the SUPER CUB ( more time loading = better quality)
And, just so we don't leave you at Len's, - BELOW - is our video of coming out of Len's strip.
Do you need to find an airstrip, or maybe an emergency alternate before you go?
Disclaimer- the airstrips listed below are for emergency planning purposes only, in most cases maintenance is non-existent. No one can guarantee the conditions of any remote strip here so use normal caution....don't commit to any landing unless you are sure you can get in...and out...safely!
Once you know where you're going, use the links below to check weather or contact flight planning;
DO NOT EXPECT YUKON AIRSTRIPS TO BE PLOWED DURING ANY WINTER MONTHS,
(This includes Cousins and Braeburn. If you are planning on flying to ANY Yukon Community call the Department of Highways or Minister Mostyns office directly first.)
If you are thinking of flying North perhaps to Old Crow, The Beaufort Sea, Tuktoyaktuk, or Inuvik you can get some first-hand help from our article by Claire and Ed Festel who did exactly that on a "Cessna Arctic Adventure" a few years back. - CLICK HERE
Check the Weather;
The local cameras are available at; Haines Jct, Carmacks, Fraser, Atlin, and Rancheria (on Alaska Highway West of Watson Lake), and we are hoping Horse Camp Hill (between Beaver Creek and Haines jct.) is coming soon.
Flight Planning & Filing;
To file flight plans contact Flight Services in Kellowna B.C. at 1-866-541-4207 (Disclaimer; Kellowna is over 1000 NM South of the Yukon in British Columbia, there is a computer kiosk below the Tower at CYXY)
A REMINDER - CELL PHONE COVERAGE IS NOT AVAILABLE IN YUKON EXCEPT WITHIN MUNICIPAL BOUNDARIES. DO NOT COUNT ON UPDATING OR CLOSING OUT FLIGHT PLANS BY CELL PHONE!
Following the Federal Government improvements in Flight Services the reliability of in-flight radio communication with services on the ground has proven to be hit-n-miss! We have the .pdf document they supplied; RCO FREQUENCIES
Don't rely on contacting them . Most aircraft overflying the Yukon monitor 126.7. Blind updates to your progress are a good idea.
Local Community Air Radio Stations are only open during certain hours and those hours change seasonally. Reception is restricted by low power transmitters and terraine. For a.pdf list of service hours and contact information for the local "Community Air Radio Stations" ahead of time click ; CARS Stations in Yukon
The Yukon Government has denied any responsibility for fuel availability. Fuel is usually available in Whitehorse from 'North 60' or 'Alkan Air'. The tower will direct you.
Fuel is usually available in Dawson City from 'North 60', the CARs station attendent will provide the key and instructions and arrange for you to make payment to the company.
Watson Lake frequently has fuel issues. The CARs station attendent there may or may not be a help. The supplier is 'Pacesetter' who are located in Whitehorse (their number is in the list, below.)
There are no other sources of 100LL, plan your trip carefully. If you encounter problems or in an emergency perhaps contact YTG Minister Richard Mostyn in Whitehorse, or YTG Supt. Darrel Ronaghan in Haines Junction.
" IMPORTANT "
ADVICE - 'SPIDERTRACKS' or 'SPOT' BEACONS or "InReach" beacons are invaluable in the North. Sattelite phones are equally useful. (If you are a tourist I recommend renting one to bring along while you're up here.)
You can access our guide to selecting or setting up your InReach or SPOT Beacon - HERE.
ABOVE - Is YouTube video of us flying out of a clearing in the Southern Yukon (more time = better quality)
Other Phone numbers are:
YXY Flight Services (NavCanada) 867-667-8427 or 1 - 866 - 541 - 4107
CYXY Tower 867-667-8426
Alkan Air 867-667-2108
Pacesetter Petro 867-633-5908 or 5909
Fuel (North 60) 867-668-2115
YTG MInisters Office 867-393-7482