When you charter a plane each leg is based on a round trip for example from base to put in and bacik your paying the milage rate both ways and when they pick you up you pay both ways as well. This is what makes the flights expensive. You are usually ggiven a weight limit by the charter company per person . we used to allow 75 pounds per person and this includes camera equipment. You would be surprised at the number of folks that show up with 50 or mor pounds of camera stuff and don't think it counts as baggage weight is weight and if you are over and have to upgradre the plane to a larger one or pay for two trips it is a killer expense wise. In some areas such as Yellowknife where I live some of the remote settlements have schedule twin otter flights daily and you can buy a seat and bring your canoe as baggage. This works well if you fly to your settlement paddle a big loop and return from the same settlement. sometimes your put in may be someone elses take out and you can split the flight you pay inbound they pay outbound. The charter company can help with this as they have all the bookings and destinations.In Yellowknife the charter companies are vey paddler orienatd as they get a lot of padler business.
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Posted by: Wavetamer on Dec-01-10 10:01 AM (EST)
Used to be able to haul kayaks as an external load in Alaska. Has that changed or is the restriction on just the canoe? I can see where the canoe would be a harder piece to haul externally. I have hauled double kayaks on two occasions up there without any problem. Good article!