TEMSCO (an acronym from the words: Timber, Exploration, Mining, Survey, Cargo Operations) was founded in 1958 in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Founder of TEMSCO and Alaska Aviation Pioneer, Ken Eichner proved that helicopters were an invaluable tool for the rugged and remote terrain of Alaska. He became the President of the company in 1965. Eichner built the company into one of the most successful helicopter companies in Alaska. Ken Eichner received his Commercial Certificate in 1960 followed by a Rotorcraft rating in 1962. Flying mining support, forestry, radio repeater construction, powerline construction, crew transport, and cargo flights Ken Eichner and the other pilots of TEMSCO Helicopters supported Southeast Alaska’s Communities with their fleet of aircraft. Eichner also initiated the development of the Ketchikan volunteer rescue group. This volunteer organization was instrumental in many difficult rescues.
TEMSCO Helicopters services tourism, hospital transport, firefighting, international, and other growing markets. Since Ken Eichner’s retirement in the early ’90s TEMSCO continues his vision of service and dedication to the community. Ken Eichner’s grandson is now Chief Pilot at TEMSCO Helicopters, Inc. helping to ensure the wisdom and practical knowledge is passed down to new generations of TEMSCO Pilots and Mechanics and ultimately making the safety and job efficiency a priority for TEMSCO’s Customers.
What we'll do
Enjoy two exciting rides across the Mendenhall Glacier by helicopter and by dog sledding.
Take in views of deep blue crevasses and glacier carved peaks as you ascend 4,000 feet to our Dog Camp on the Mendenhall Glacier.
Mush like the Iditarod winners as you take in the still beauty of the Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefields. Enjoy time with our professional mushers and their Alaskan sled dogs. Chat about camp life with our experienced dog mushers and cuddle with Alaska husky puppies!
What’s on your Alaskan bucket list? Flying high above breathtaking views of Alaskan landscapes? Walking on the famed Mendenhall Glacier? Zipping through the snow on a sled pulled by a team of Alaskan huskies?
This tour offers all this and more. You begin at our comfortable heli-base where you will be outfitted in glacier boots and given a safety briefing by our friendly tour attendants. From here you will load up into our state of the art helicopters and be whisked away to begin your dog sledding adventure. Our highly trained pilots will narrate the scenic helicopter ride on your way to the main attraction, the mighty Mendenhall Glacier. During your flight you will have a bird’s eye view of the lush Tongass Rainforest, soaring mountain peaks, and the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier.
As you touch down at our authentic dog mushing camp, you will be greeted by professional dog mushers and their energetic companions, the Alaskan Huskies!
Experience the unique thrill as these athletes pull you through the snow that blankets the Mendenhall Glacier. Take turns directing the dogs with your musher and relaxing in the sled. After your exhilarating sledding experience, you will have time to cuddle with puppies and chat with your dog musher before boarding your helicopter to return to the heli-base.
Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and check off that item on your bucket list.
What to expect / what's provided
*Duration: set aside 2.75 hours for your tour (total time includes transfers and safety briefing).
*Tour includes approximately 30 minutes of helicopter time and 1 hour will be spent at our dog sledding camp
*While at camp approximately 20-25 minutes will be spent mushing with your team of Alaskan sled dogs
*Times will vary due to weather and camp conditions.
*We are happy to provide transportation to our base from the Mount Roberts Tramway. Detailed information about pickup location is included in your confirmation email.
*Professional photos of you and your sled team available for purchase.
*Glacier boots and transportation from port area or local Juneau hotel provided.
*The following items are NOT PERMITTED on any TEMSCO flightseeing tours: Carry-on bags of any kind including purses, backpacks, camera/ video bags GoPro Extension poles, selfie-sticks iPads, iPad minis or any tablet device, Drones, or Animals of any kind.
*We will provide you with lockers at our base where you may leave such items.
*No smoking of any kind is allowed for the duration of the tour.
*Oxygen cylinders: Due to the restriction by FAA and DOT, only small oxygen cylinders secured to the body will be allowed on the aircraft. Prior notification is required.
*Lap child policy: TEMSCO Helicopters maintains a standard "lap child” policy set by the FAA regulations. Children under the age of 24 months are considered "lap children” and do not need to be issued a standard ticket. On a child’s second birthday they become a ticketed passenger and will need to purchase a full fare ticket.
*A liability waiver is required to be signed in the presence of the tour operator. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children 12 to 17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate without a parent or guardian.
*Passenger ability/mobility: All TEMSCO excursions are listed as "MODERATE” activity level for these reasons: The distance walking from our base to the aircraft and the distance from our helicopters to our camp on the glacier. This is approximately 30 meters (100 feet) The sizeable steps that guests must navigate while getting in and out of the aircraft. These steps are approximately 18” in height The natural surface of the glacier can be uneven and cracked. **Please note, dog sledding camp is covered with snow
*Due to liability reasons, our employees cannot lift guests in or out of the helicopter. TEMSCO staff will be there to lend a helping hand, though ultimately guests are responsible for navigating these steps on their own
*Passenger weight policy: Passenger names and weights are required by the FAA for passenger safety and comfort, as well as weight and balance calculations for flight manifesting. Additionally, passenger size and weight can be a factor in comfort and enjoyment of the flight. In order to comply with FAA safety requirements, avoid flight delays, and enhance the overall tour enjoyment for passengers, the following policies have been established: Any passenger whose weight is 250 pounds (113 kilograms) or more fully clothed at the time of departure will have a surcharge fee added to the ticket price at the time of booking. Additional space will be reserved in the helicopter for that passenger. Any passenger whose weight does not exceed 250 lbs. (113 kg), but has concern about adequate seating space, is encouraged to exercise the option of paying the additional surcharge to ensure extra space in the helicopter. Guest will be refunded if their weight is less than 250 lbs.
*We arrange seating based on the weight, balance, and safety of the whole departure, and cannot guarantee that we will be able to keep groups together on the aircraft. Please note that we will do everything possible to keep groups together for the flight portion of the tour, but we are sometimes required to split a group between multiple helicopters. All groups will be together for the glacier portion of the tour.
Unfortunately, the weather in Alaska does not always cooperate and there are times when we are unable to fly. If we are unable to fly a tour due to weather, our guests will receive a full refund. In most cases we will not make the decision to cancel a tour until within an hour of departure, as the weather can quickly change and we do not want to preemptively cancel a tour if it is at all possible it will run.