Web posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002

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An air taxi office in Homer is the starting point for adventure.

Flying High: Eagle-eye views of glaciers, mountain peaks and brown bears.

Taking to the air from Homer provides panoramic, thrilling views of Kachemak Bay and beyond, and charter operators in Homer can get you there by airplane, floatplane or helicopter. Lifting off the waterpis surface at Homerpis Beluga Lake or the tarmac at Homer Airport to see the vista is only part of an exhilarating experience. Just minutes from take-off, the avid fisherman can find solitude and great fishing far from the madding crowds of the road-system rivers, and the backcountry enthusiast can get high into the tundra above Kachemak Bay, eliminating hours of arduous climbing from sea level.

Air taxis offer spectacular tours of the Harding Icefield, a 1,000-square-mile expanse of rock and ice in breathtaking black-and-white, as well as the Kenai Mountains with their glaciers, mountain goats, and dozens of remote lakes and coves. Flightseers occasionally spot black bears meandering through the meadows in spring or fall, searching for roots, berries and other delectables. Helicopter charters can set you down on a glacier itself for an up-close and personal view of the infamous iceworm.

Charter airplane and helicopter companies are among those offering flightseeing, photography tours and non-scheduled departures. These flight services also are good sources of information in planning your trip.