Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of aircraft do you fly? We fly Cessna 206 Stationairs on floats, a very common Alaskan bush plane used state-wide to carry passengers, supplies and mail to remote communities and outposts. Our aircraft can seat four passengers, and is maintained to the highest maintenance standards.
How many people are on your flights? Our plane can carry up to 4 passengers. All of our trips, except for charters, require a minimum of two people to confirm a flight reservation. If you are traveling alone and would like to go on a scenic flight or a bear viewing trip, please let us help pair you with other travelers and get you in the air.
Where should I park my car/RV? At Steller Air we have limited parking, but friendly neighbors. If there is not space for your vehicle in our driveway, please ask in the office about nearby free parking.
When will the weather improve? Many flights in Alaska are delayed by weather. At Steller Air we are committed to your safety and will make decisions to wait until we can safely get you to your destination. If the weather does not clear to a level where we can safely launch a flight, it will be canceled. If your flight is canceled, you may reschedule for another day or receive a full refund.
What is your cancellation policy? Cancellation made in excess of 48 hours of flight’s scheduled departure time is eligible for a full refund. Cancellation made in excess of 24 hours of the flight’s scheduled departure time is eligible for a 50% refund of the total cost of the trip. Cancellations made within 24 hours of the flight’s scheduled departure time will be subject to the full price of the trip charged on the reservation credit card. If the flight is cancelled due to weather (decision made by Steller Air pilot at time of flight), the flight will be rescheduled at the customer’s convenience or will be eligible for a full refund.
Can I sit in the co-pilot seat? Please feel free to request to sit up front, but the final seating arrangement is up to the pilot and is restricted by weight and balance of the aircraft. We will do our best to accommodate your wishes for a perfect scenic flight.
Do you guarantee wildlife? Only on our bear viewing trips. However, on all our trips we will do our best to take you to locations where your wildlife viewing goals can be met in accordance with the time of year you are in Alaska. Our scenic flight passengers often see bears, goats, and otters. Many of our flights over Cook Inlet have the opportunity to view whales.
Is it cold in the plane? The best advice in Alaska is to wear layers. Even on a summer flightsee, it can be chilly in the aircraft at altitude, and the weather can be amazingly different at your destination than it was at your point of departure.
What is the in-flight movie on a floatplane? It’s called ‘the window’, and luckily, everyone gets a window seat.
What is the most popular trip at Steller Air? Our most requested flight-sees are the 1 hour and 1/2 hour scenic flights around the Homer, Alaska area. We fly over the Kachemak Bay State Park and view the Homer spit from the air. During the 1 hour scenic flight you get the opportunity to see the Grewingk Glacier from the air.
Where do you go bear viewing? We go to Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park and Crescent Lake in Lake Clark National Park. The bear viewing possibilities are endless!
Do you offer packages with other companies? Steller Air does work with other Homer-based companies. We offer fly-in services with local rafting, fishing, camping, and kayaking companies.
What do you see on a typical scenic flight? We take off from Beluga Lake and fly over the Homer Spit, then over to Kachemak Bay State Park. There you see breathtaking views of the mountains and on a clear day you might see Mt. Douglas, Mt. Augustine, Mt. Illiamna and Mt. Redoubt. There is always the chance of a bear spotting as well as otters and mountain goats. The final stop of the flightsee, before heading back to Steller Air, is Grewingk Glacier. This glacier is one of the most popular to see in Alaska.