Michelle Masden of Island Wings Aviation is one of the most recognized and respected female pilots in the state of Alaska. Day in and day out for more than thirty-five years, Michelle has been piloting folks (and an ever-present dog) through southeast Alaska ­ – all while earning consistently high customer satisfaction ratings. Her safety-conscious approach – she says she wants to be an “old lady pilot,” not a “bold lady pilot – calms even fearful flyers so they can experience the beauty of Alaska from on high.

Michelle is the only pilot at Island Wings, so when you book a flight, you know you’re getting a seasoned local professional. She owns all the aircraft, which are impeccably maintained to standards higher than required by the FAA.

Her unique personal touch also provides value to your flight. Unlike other tours to Misty Fords, for example, Michelle actually lands and lets guests explore for half and hour so they can stretch their legs and take in the serenity of this amazing place. Her personal commentary on the area is insightful and engaging, which many passengers prefer over pre-recorded narration that can be common in air taxis. An additional difference, which Michelle stands behind, is her commitment to not fly if weather conditions preclude passengers from seeing anything but cloud formations and rain over Ketchikan.

Island Wings Air Service takes passengers flightseeing, bear viewing, on guided hikes, self-guided hikes, to forest service cabins, fly-out fishing trips and more.