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
Moments after departing the heli-base, you will enjoy a breathtaking view only seen by few. Your flight takes you over ice spires, deep blue crevasses, and meltwater pools.
After arriving at the heliport, you will be outfitted in glacier boots and given a safety briefing by our friendly tour attendants. Your pilot will choose two different glacier landings among the 36 named glaciers stretched across 1,500 square miles of the Juneau Icefield; a few landing possibilities include the Herbert, Taku, Norris, Gilkey, Hole in the Wall or the famous Mendenhall Glacier. Moments after departing the heli-base, you will enjoy a breathtaking view only seen by few. Your flight takes you over ice spires, deep blue crevasses, and meltwater pools. With approximately 50 minutes of helicopter time you will have plenty of opportunities to take in views of steep alpine ridges, lush rainforest, and the incredible glaciers below.
For an up-close opportunity to appreciate this ancient landscape, your pilot will land in two different locations, where you will continue the tour on foot for approximately 15 minutes at each location. You will have the opportunity to explore and take photographs of the stunning untouched landscape.
Once on the ice, your pilot will escort you on an informative walk on the glacier’s surface while describing the magnificent area that surrounds you.
The Pilot’s Choice tour is an incomparable dynamic journey of discovery, a once-in-a-lifetime experience sure to provide enduring memories of Southeast Alaska.
This tour enables you to see the most remote and ancient peaks and glaciers in the Juneau Icefields. Your pilot will be your guide for two different helicopter landings, so you can have a unique and personalized experience. This tour offers reduced passenger capacity and a flexible flight itinerary making this tour the pinnacle of flightseeing tours.
With two different glacier landings and the pilot as your guide, this tour is a one-of-a-kind experience!
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 50 minutes of helicopter time and two separate glacier landings of approximately 15 minutes each.
*Times will vary due to weather and glacier 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.
*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.
*Parental consent forms: A parental consent form is required for all passengers ages 12 to 17 who will be participating on any tour unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to fly without a parent or legal 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.
*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.