To really take in the amazing scale and grandeur of this area you have to experience it from the air. We offer flightsee tours all over the Wrangell-St.Elias region whether it's close to Glennallen or deep in the interior.
Come with us to explore millions of acres not accessible by road including three of the tallest mountains of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park as only possible from a bird's eye view! You will see Mt. Drum(12,010 feet), Mt. Wrangell (14,163 feet), and Mt. Sanford (16,237 feet). Mt. Wrangell is one of the largest active volcanoes in North America. Mt. Sanford towers over 16,200 feet and has a vertical rock wall face of over 9,000 feet. The colors you will see because of the mineral deposits are breathtaking!
We will fly over the Nadina and Sanford Glaciers and many beautiful valleys. You will see numerous glaciers, pristine valleys, and will fly over the rare and unique mud volcanoes. It is likely you will spot sheep, moose, caribou, bison, and the always popular grizzly bear on this very worthwhile tour. Come visit the nation's largest national park! Copper Valley Air can also arrange for pick-up and air transfers from Anchorage, Valdez, and Fairbanks, Alaska. All of our planes are equipped with passenger and pilot headsets that allow conversation and narration by the pilot during your flight. Our aircraft are high wing which provides a greater viewing experience & all seats are window seats.
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Mail Plane FAQ
❯ What if I have a certified letter?
Any certified or registered mail that requires a signature needs you, or a designated representative to meet the plane and sign for it. CVAS is not allowed to sign for you.
❯ What happens when there is a Holiday?
There is no mail plane when there is a national holiday. The makeup mail plane is the following day.
❯ What if I have separate freight?
Packages from IGA, NAPA, True Value and Bush bottle can be delivered to CVAS and we will fly it to McCarthy. The cost is $20 per box, with $1.50 per pound for every pound over 15 pounds.
❯ What if the weather is bad?
We will never fly the mail if it is unsafe. Updates are sent via the mass text. We will try throughout the day and even the next day until the weather is better.
❯ When does mail arrive in McCarthy?
Mail arrival is 11:00 am in McCarthy but if multiple rounds are required they will continue through the day. Outgoing mail is always collected on the first round. It will also be collected on the last round but cannot be guaranteed to be time stamped that day.
❯ Who’s in charge of what?
UPS is handled by Glenn Transport, handed to CVAS, and paid for by Lynden transport.
USPS is handled by the Post Office, handed over to CVAS and paid for by you
FedEx is handed over to Glenn Transport and needs permission to be handed to CVAS. Payment for FedEx is paid directly between you to and CVAS
❯ What’s the deal with FedEx?
FedEx no longer delivers to McCarthy. If you are expecting a FedEx package it will be turned back to Anchorage after 5 days unless you give permission for CVAS to accept and fly it to McCarthy. The cost from Glennallen to McCarthy is $20 per package, with a $1.50 per pound charge for every pound over 15 pounds. We will contact you for payment and then that package will be delivered. If you know you have a package being delivered by FedEx, feel free to give us a call and let us know. As always, call if you need any help!
❯ What if the mail plane is cancelled and I have perishables being delivered?
Call CVAS right away for us to babysit them! We have the ability to refrigerate or freeze items on a temporary basis.
❯ What should I do if my package arrived in Glennallen but didn’t arrive in McCarthy?
First, thoroughly check the McCarthy mail shack to make sure it hasn’t been sorted incorrectly. Second, call the Glennallen Post Office to check the tracking number. Items often are called “arrived” at Glennallen when they are not. Always feel free to call CVAS for help.
❯ How do I get on the mass text system for updates on the mail plane?
The easiest way is to call CVAS and we will add you manually. It is possible for you to add yourself however, with the following method:
The message: @copperv
Don’t worry about answering questions regarding birthdate and role, etc.