The Crew (Family, Friends, and BEAR Lovers All)

The  Bear Viewing Crew 2017 Season

Bear Adventure Crew in Alaska

This is the crew that makes it ALL happen for your Bear Trip!

Dee & Michael love to share Alaskan Brown Bears with their guests. Customer experience is our priority.

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Michael Hughes, Owner Alaska Bear Adventures

Pilot & Bear Viewing Guide

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I have lived and worked in Alaska for more than 20 years. Most of my experience as a pilot has been “bush” flying- landing on gravel bars, ridge tops, tundra and beaches. My safety record is excellent and I take great care to maintain it. As the owner and operator of my aircraft I pay meticulous detail to maintenance and safety.  I also carry every communication device possible, including a satellite phone and a GPS tracker.  I safely transport hundreds of clients every season between Homer and Katmai/Lake Clark coast to see the bears. I look forward to including you in that experience. I have worked as a professional guide in Alaska during the last 15 years and am licensed with the National Park Service as a bear-viewing guide.  I have 12 years experience guiding around the brown bears in Katmai and Lake Clark National Parks (more than 3000 hours with the bears). I am passionate about the bears and their environment and was mentored by one of the most experienced (16+ years) brown bear viewing guides in Alaska.  I love learning about the bears and sharing that knowledge with my clients. From May to September each season all I do is fly and guide for your Bear Viewing and Photography trips. Join me and I’ll share Alaska her Bears and and her beauty with you..

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Dee Hughes, Owner Alaska Bear Adventures

Reservations, Scheduling & Customer Support

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Dee enjoys being part of the mom and daughters team (Elena, Annie and Jenna)  that takes care of the reservations, marketing and customer service for us. You will speak with Dee or one of the girls when you call or visit our office. Dee has been an Alaskan and pilot for over 30 years. She is currently pursuing a PHD in Nursing at Washington State University. You might meet her on the phone, at the office, or out with the bears on your trip.

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Elena Hughes

Customer Service Manager

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Elena is in the forensic anthropology graduate program at the University Montana. She is an instrument rated private pilot. She loves flying, and hanging out with the bears. During the winter months you will talk to her on the phone. In the summer you will find her in our office on the Homer Spit with her companion “Charlie”. Charlie is her very large, and very friendly dog, who looks a lot like a bear cub.

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Elsa Wallis

Executive Assistant to Dee (Baba)

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While in Alaska during the season or at home in Washington state, Elsa is always ready to assist with reservations and customer service.  Whether she is handing out ear plugs from the yellow box at the hangar or decorating reservations with her beautiful art work, Baba can count on Elsa to lend a hand.

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Ron Olsen

Director of Maintenance, K Bay Air

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Ron has over 26 years of experience maintaining aircraft. He is an IA (Inspection Authorization qualified mechanic), a pilot and has owned and operated his own fixed base operation and flight school. When he is not keeping our aircraft in tip top shape or out with the bears you may find him on the water kayaking. He is also an ACA certified kayaking instructor.

Derick

Chief Pilot & Bear Viewing Guide

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Derick is an experienced Alaskan pilot who pays special attention to the safety and well being of his passengers. His outgoing personality and and guiding style makes for a fun trip. He also has 1500+ hours of Naturalist Bear Guide experience with Alaska Bear Adventures.
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Joe

Pilot & Bear Viewing Guide

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Joe came to Alaska from Verm ont by way of Colorado. Everybody likes Joe, he always has a smile on his face!

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Dylan

Pilot & Bear Viewing Guide

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Before becoming a pilot Dylan served our country as a US Army soldier. He is an avid outdoorsman and naturalist. His hobbies are camping, hiking and fishing (sort of like the bears).

Kendall

Pilot & Bear Viewing Guide

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Jeff

Pilot & Bear Viewing Guide

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Meed

Pilot & Bear Viewing Guide

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Meed flew the Wrangell St Elias mountains last season, and upgraded to the beaches and mountains at K-Bay Air this season.  He is currently better at riding unicycles than the Alaska bears, but intends to start training the Chinitna bears this season.

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Annie Wallis

Reservations, Scheduling & Customer Support

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Annie is a stay at home mom to her beautiful daughters Elsa and Luna.  She’s currently taking a break from studying American sign language and early childhood education, but will soon become an elementary school teacher.  You may get to speak with Annie on the phone, she will be glad to help you with all of your reservation requests and customer service needs.

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Jenna Leonard

Policy Specialist

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You may see Jenna in the office on the Homer Spit or helping you get ready for a trip at the hanger.  She is working with us this summer while telecommuting for her full time Environmental Consulting Position.  Her favorite past time in Homer, when not working at one of her full time jobs, is walking on the beach.

The  Bear Viewing Wedding 6/18/11

Bear Adventure Weddings in Alaska

Dee and Michael Love being out with the bears so much that they were married in Chinitna Bay with family, friends and bears as witnesses!

Our Aircraft – The K Bay Air Fleet

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Cessna 206

You will fly to the Katmai/Lake Clark coast in one of K Bay Air’s three Cessna 206’s. The workhorse of Alaskan aviation, these aircraft are ideally suited to our type of flying.

They are ultra-reliable, very forgiving and have a superb safety record.

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These particular aircraft have many STOL modifications to allow them to perform in the wilderness environment with the broadest safety margin possible. They are relatively roomy and comfortable for a single engine airplane. There are five passenger seats.
 

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