About Alaska Floats & Skis:

Meet the Float Plane Trainers

Talkeetna Airport

Alaska Floats & Skis base is located on Christiansen Lake (AK8). Pictured is the 3,500 foot paved runway of the Talkeetna Airport (PATK). Mt. McKinley appears in the background.

Denali National Park (over 6 million acres and larger than the State of Massachusetts) is in the background. From left to right are the three largest peaks in the Alaska Range, Foraker, Hunter, and Denali at 20,310 feet.



Don Lee- ATP MEL & MES CFI CFII MEI AGI DPE

Don Lee

ATP MEL & MES CFI CFII MEI AGI DPE
Alaskan Bush Pilot - Founder and operator of Alaska Floats and Skis

Don lived out in the Alaskan bush in the early seventies and began flying for lodge support. He then branched into guiding for hunters and fishermen. Over the last 30 years, Don has gained extensive flight experience all over Alaska, from the Aleutian Chain to the Beaufort Sea. With hundreds of hours flying in the Gates of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, Shumagin Islands, and Cold Bay, Don operated an on-demand air service for 7 years. In Bristol Bay, he flew fishermen to remote sites and provided lodge support.

Don has experience flying throughout the South American countries of Argentina ,Chile, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. He also recently flew STOL missions in Afghanistan for the coalition forces during "Operation Enduring Freedom". Don also has experience flying in the wilds of Australia. He has also flown over 130,000 gallons of fuel to remote gold mines (200 gallons at a time) without a single incident. In Talkeetna he has provided expedition air support for climbers on Mt. McKinley and has over 5,000 glacier landings. Don has over 7,000 hours on floats alone with a total time over 17,000 hours.

Don is excited to pass his experience on to all pilots, both old and new, and never tires of flying with students and friends. He prides himself in working with the most experienced pilots and finding new tricks for them and in working with new pilots who may want to try new things.

Don's motivation to operate Alaska Floats and Skis is "to share these experiences and pass on safety tips to our float and ski plane applicants." Don's motto is "you will never work a day in your life if you enjoy what you are doing."

Brooke

Brooke Roman

Chief Flight Instructor

Brooke grew up in Nixa, Missouri and started flying while a freshman in college at Kansas State University. She completed her BS in Aeronautical Technology - Professional Pilot from KSU in 2014. She holds these ratings: commercial pilot airplane single engine land, airplane single engine sea, airplane multi engine land, instrument rating, certified flight instructor (CFI) and certified instrument flight instructor (CFII). Her love for adventure and the outdoors brought her to Alaska. She is going into her 3rd summer here at Alaska Floats & Skis having signed off over 90 applicants for their ASES with a 99% pass rate. She also has 2 seasons under her belt teaching our ski/glacier course during the winter/spring months.

Vitaliy

Vitaliy Krivoruk

Flight Instructor

Vitaliy has been a flight instructor for the past year and a half and has a passion for both aviation and teaching. His education includes a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Technology from Walla Walla University. Other interests include photography which he was able to put to use working for an aerial photography company based out of Oregon. Vitaliy grew up in the state of Maine where seaplanes are quite popular. They always intrigued him but he didn't have the opportunity to fly one until moving to the west coast. Ever since that very first training flight in a cub on floats, he has been hooked. He hopes to share the same joy he experienced with others, whether that is in a seaplane or and other plane. Vitaliy holds the ratings of: CFI and Commercial with Airplane Single Engine Sea, Single Engine Land and Multi-Engine Land.

John

John Cabaud

Flight Instructor

John Cabaud was born and raised in Sonoma, CA on his family's ranch and was introduced to flying with a Discovery Flight at the age of 19. He continued his training for his Private Pilots license at local SkyPark Flight School and completed his license in 2009. In 2012, John attended ATP to receive his CFI, CFII, MEL & SEL licenses and returned to work for Sonoma Carneros Flight School as a Flight Instructor in 2013. While there, he added to his skills instructing in a Citabria 7ECA from the back seat. In 2014, he branched out by working another flight school in the town of Vacaville, called Wings. In 2015, John and his father partnered to take over the flight school at SkyPark in Sonoma, and created Air Sonoma Aviation where he continued to work and learned a lot about running a school. All the while he was working at Wings also and when their need grew he left Air Sonoma Aviation to work exclusively for Wings. From 2016 to 2017 John instructed for Wings, a Part 141 school, and advanced to Assistant Chief Flight Instructor overseeing 5 flight instructors and training potential instructors. He also specialized in instrument flight and mountain flight.

Bryan

Bryan Skordahl

Flight Instructor

Bryan ventured up to Talkeetna from Vancouver, Washington, and is a graduate of Washington State University. He has served 29 years at the Clark County Sheriff's Office in roles including patrol, SWAT, homicide, and the metro air support team as both a pilot and flight instructor. During his career in law enforcement, Bryan modeled professionally for twelve years, including projects in Milan, Italy. He is a true outdoorsman, with a passion for hunting and fishing, including several fishing trips in Alaska. Bryan loves the beauty of Alaska, which led him to Talkeetna, and to Alaska Floats and Skis, initially to get his seaplane rating, and now as an instructor.

Gabrielle

Gabrielle Green

Office Manager

Gabrielle Green grew up in Elkhart, Indiana, and first became involved in aviation as a student of the Purdue University flight program. Gabby is now pursuing her BS in Aviation Management and has completed a minor in Unmanned Aerial Systems. She has interned for United Airlines Customer Service, has achieved three years as a student recruiter for the Purdue School of Aviation and Transportation, and maintains a position as a dispatcher for Purdue University Flight operations. Gabby is pursuing an occupation in aviation security, but also has a passion for business affairs, travelling, and networking with people from around the world. She loves the outdoors; camping, fishing, hiking, and shooting are her preferred pastimes, and often travels with her German Shepherd mix, Bailey.

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This was the greatest flying experience of my life. From the clean and relaxing lodge to the well-maintained plane, Don really knows how to do things right...

~ Jason Duke, Livingston, TN

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