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Flightseeing Helicopter Stops Planned in Wilderness in Denali State Park

January 28 2004 at 9:52 AM
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Era flightseeing adds mountain landing
By STEVE KADEL-Frontiersman reporter
MAT-SU -- Tourists and local residents could have another option for exploring Alaska beginning this spring when Era Flightseeing hopes to start making helicopter landings on a Denali State Park mountaintop.
The unnamed peak is in the wilderness zone west of Eldridge Glacier. As planned, helicopter pilots will cut their normal 50-minute scenic route a few minutes short to land at the 5,300-foot level and allow passengers to get out to take pictures.
"It's a way for people to step out and get a good view of the Alaska Range," said Dennis McDonnell, director of flightseeing for Era Helicopters Inc. "We scoped out a site that wouldn't infringe on wilderness."

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