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ALASKA

I've piloted aircraft all over the world from a Cessna 150 to an F-15 Fighter and there's no place more unforgiving than Alaska.

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-CHAD COPELAND

GULF of ALASKA

Birds the size of a Cessna have been reported by numerous pilots in this area.

You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky.

-Amelia Earhart

Winter breakup over Portage Glacier.

DENALI

Flying out of Talkeetna, I head due North to follow the Ruth Glacier into Mount McKinley's base camp.

CHUGACH RANGE

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Alaska is home to more than 39 mountain ranges with towering peaks and deep gorges that swallow aircraft regularly. There are nearly 1500 reported accidents every year.

AERIAL EXPLORER

PILOT NOTES

As a pilot the vast Alaskan skies are where I call home. My training and experience was shaped by the very mountains, glacier valleys and shores that dominate the unforgiving terrain. Yet with great danger comes great beauty. Staying alive means keeping them in balance.

RUTH GLACIER

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.

-Leonardo da Vinci

RETREATING GLACIER

GIRDWOOD

Find the most beautiful views during morning flights over foggy riverbeds.

The summer offers unparalleled beauty from the air. This is what got me interested in flying drones.

LOW LEVEL FLYING

Landing

ANCHORAGE

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  • karen

    This is such an incredible perspective that very few people get to experience. Thanks for sharing this!

  • ChadCopeland

    @karen -Life can offer so much! I love being able to share my experiences with others. My mom didn't get to travel much so I pushed even harder to send stories from abroad.

  • Sarisabel

    Beautiful

  • elisapella

    Wow! I just woke up here in Italy and seeing these sights brightens my morning routine!

  • ChadCopeland

    @elisapella -Well thank you! I wish I was just waking up in Italy! Good morning!

  • elisapella

    πŸ˜‰

  • tbyrnes

    Wowzers! I need more Alaska exploration in my life!

  • japan_tsar

    That's awesome

  • ninagraceless

    Beautiful! I feel like you and @evanhuntphoto could easily trade stories!

  • starshapedstars

    What?! This just became my new favorite because of the low level flying video πŸ‘β˜ΊοΈβœˆοΈ you are the coolest. πŸ‘ŒπŸŒŒβœ¨β­οΈπŸ’«

  • nathaliehl

    βœˆοΈπŸ‘Œ

  • ChadCopeland

    @nikko007 -Dude! Great to see you on here! I can't wait to see some stories from you!

  • nikko007

    Thanks Chad! Much honored! Love seeing series of your work!

  • yellowillow

    So breathtakingly beautiful!! Thanks for sharing

  • cairofoster

    Sick as F @ChadCopeland πŸ’ͺ

  • susanne_mc

    Incredible. What an amazing job you haveπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • AndrewStrain

    Love that Earhart quote, I spend a lot of time in helis and looking down at the forest is always so mesmerizing - especially along the north coast. Never gets old!

  • icanbeawesome

    Amazing! Just I-phone, wow!

  • kgthom

    I live here and all of my photos look just as amazing. Alaska is perfect.

  • PhotosTH

    Simply... WOW!

  • B__xy

    Whoa - so cool!πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

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