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Growing up in an aviation-saturated family, Forrest Carpenter has had many wonderful experiences. Born and raised in Loveland, Colorado, he has been around airplanes and general aviation his entire life. At age 5 he got his first ride in a float plane, and since then nothing else has ever captivated him in such a way. He went on to earn his Private Pilot Certificate in a span of twenty –six days, and was float rated 10 days after that. He then went on to earn his Instrument Rating and Commercial Certificate, and then naturally his CFI. With the majority of his hours being in either N6307B, AFA’s immaculate 185F on floats, and a super cub, it’s safe to say Forrest has a passion for bush flying. He has spent 2 summers in the Bristol Bay and Lake Iliamna area as a fishing guide, traveling South Western Alaska in a DeHavalland Beaver. Chasing wild rainbow trout and dolly varden on the fly is a huge passion of his, and it’s something he uses float flying for regularly.
Although only 26 years old, Forrest has accomplished a lot in other areas of his life as well. Before reaching the age of 16, he won his first World Championship Goose Calling Contest as a junior in Easton, MD, and later went on to add a World Live goose Calling championship to that resume as well as numerous top ten finishes in the World Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart, AR. He has traveled the country waterfowl hunting and fly fishing, has appeared on numerous TV shows, and has guided hunts in Colorado, Arkansas, and Texas for ducks and geese. In the meantime, Forrest’s summers were spent playing baseball through college, and he even pitched at a professional level for a season in the Pecos League of New Mexico before re-injuring an already reconstructed elbow.
Forrest Has many other hobbies including photography, singing and playing the guitar, drawing, and painting. He currently resides in Colorado during the off season, and right here in beautiful Wasilla, Alaska in the summers.
As owner and operator of Alaska Flying Adventures, Alan has been passionate about flying floatplanes for thirty years. His career in commercial and general aviation spans nearly forty years, including fourteen years as a Designated Pilot Examiner. That kind of experience goes a long way to ensure that he and his staff will have you well prepared for the practical exam when doing an add-on floatplane rating. Alan's friendly demeanor, combined with an excellent training syllabus, will make your experience at Alaska Flying Adventures successful, rewarding, and one you will always fondly remember.