Island Wings Air Service®
About Your Pilot and Plane
Share Michelle's love of flying through our vast Alaskan wilderness.

Michelle's first solo flight 1977

Michelle on her first solo flight in 1977
Early morning takeoff as Island Wings leaves on another sea plane trip in souteast Alaska
To earn enough money to start a flightseeing and wildlife viewing business, Michelle worked as a deckhand on a fishing boat for seven years.
Michelle has a passion for flying floatplanes and a passion for showing southeast Alaska and the Misty Fiords to all who come to Alaska
Michelle's mentors were the old time local pilots from Ketchikan who taught her well, safty first!
Michelle in the Misty Fjords flightseeing
Island Wings Air Service, leaders in Misty Fjords flightseeing, wildlife, and bear viewing tours
There's not much room in a DHC-2.  After a long day of Misty Fiords flightseeing a good strech is in order.
Michelle named her plane the Lady Esther in honer of her grandmother
Lady Esther's story dates back to the U.S. Army Air Corps where she had her first duty.  Now she flys to the Misty Fiords for sightseeing
Island Wings Air Service, leaders in Misty Fjords flightseeing, wildlife, and bear viewing tours
Lady Esther, and for that matter most DeHavilland Beavers are powered by a R-985 engine.
Kenmore Air, in the process of restoring Lady Esther at their facilities near Seattle, Washington
Kenmore Air, in the process of restoring Lady Esther at their facilities near Seattle, Washington
Attached to the Lady Esther's R-985 is a three blade variable pitch prop.

Michelle,

 

These are still some of my favorite images that I shot while on assignment for NOAA in Alaska during 2007.  You maintain what must be the most beautiful De Havilland Beaver floatplane in all of Alaska!  I hope your Island Wings Air Service business is doing well.

 

Cheers!  Bill

The cockpit of the Lady Esther, Island Wings' DeHavailland  Beaver

Michelle takes delivery of Lady Esther at Kenmore, WA in 2002

Michelle takes delivery of her new airplane at Kenmore Air Harbor ready to take clients on flightseeing trips to the Mist Fiords
Get your very own Lady Esther at Flyzone

Hi Michelle,

 

We just got back from our Alaska cruise following a stopover in Vancouver.  I just wanted to tell you that our flight with you was the most memorable part of our 12 day odyssey.  We’ve told several people about it and will definitely see you the next time we pass that way.  It was REALLY good.  And, although most people probably don’t notice, I saw what you did with a 1959 airplane.  It was a beautiful job.  I have a 1956 Chevy and, before that, had a 1957 Chevy show-car.  Believe me, I know the effort you must have put in to make it that nice.

 

Anyway, kudos to you for both the airplane and the fantastic treat we got.  We’ll remember it.

 

Best,

Don and Janice K.

Island Wings and pilot Michelle Masden take off for another flgihtseeing tour in Ketchikan Alaska

Island Wings Air Service belongs to these organizations

Capstone Federal Aviation Administration
Alaska Air Carriers Association Ketchikan Visitors Bureau
Transport Canada

Photos on this site are courtesy of Jim Kelnhofer, Mike Beedell, Craig Flatten, Amy Gulik, Dave & Leah Alcyon, Chip Porter, Carla Tchalemian, Lisa Thompson and many thanks to our guests who have provided us with photos over the years. Unauthorized use of any content from  this web site is prohibited.  Content on this website is subject to change without notice.  Island Wings Air Service is fully Licensed. Flightseeing and Air Tours conducted in the Tongass National Forest and Misty Fjords National Monument are operated under permits issued by USDA Forest Service and the State of Alaska. Island Wings is an equal opportunity provider.