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    North to Alaska

    Leaving Saturday with the 185 and PA12 Dallas to Anchorage planning on the low route through Wyoming and clearing in Lethbridge. Any recommendations for a fuel stop between Lethbridge and Dawson Creek. The guys will not want to deal with Calgary approach. Weather permitting I might try clearing at Cranbrook but will need advice on fuel say if we head for Dawson Creek. The 12 has ABW31s and a Boare prop so maybe 80 kts 250 NM
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    Three Hills (CEN3).

    How many gallons in the PA12?

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    38 gallons

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    Grand Prairie is a good stop, good fuel prices for Canada, good place to spend the night, lots of hotel choices, restaurants, etc.
    Spent nights there coming and going last couple years.
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    Fill up in Cut Bank. Clear at CEQ4 right at the border. Nice long grass strip. Lethbridge has a landing fee.

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    What's your trip about to AK? Delivery of a plane or just feeling the urge. Anyways, need a place to change oil, crash the night, no frills hanger available. I'm on the Big Lake air strip, frig is always filled with beer.....Scott

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    No, we have a remote property up near Lake Creek. If you are out that way stop at the Bentaliat, we are directly across from the Northwoods

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    Don't threaten me....lol...I'm out that way a lot. I have remote cabin on big river, western side.....

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    I really liked stopping at Rocky Mountain House airport. It's a friendly place. I recommend going there if it falls on the right spot on the map for you.
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    Good deal Scott, we have the 185 on floats and bought the 12 to ease into some bar hopping

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    Dawson Creek last night on to Whitehorse today. Entire trip from Dallas have had a headwind doing a whopping 70 mpg ground speed. Stopped in Rocky Mountain House and had a nice visit with Ken Fowler, self serv fuel. With these winds it’s doubtful I can make Northway then Tok for fuel. Anybody know if there is a operator either in a Burwash or Haines Junction that could spare 15 gallons? Last resort is I’ll buy some cans in Whitehorse and drop them in Burwash in my 185.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cplne View Post
    Dawson Creek last night on to Whitehorse today. Entire trip from Dallas have had a headwind doing a whopping 70 mpg ground speed. Stopped in Rocky Mountain House and had a nice visit with Ken Fowler, self serv fuel. With these winds itís doubtful I can make Northway then Tok for fuel. Anybody know if there is a operator either in a Burwash or Haines Junction that could spare 15 gallons? Last resort is Iíll buy some cans in Whitehorse and drop them in Burwash in my 185.
    There is no fuel in Burwash. No commercial fuel sales in Haines Junction either. But there is an operator in Haines Junction with Cessna's and they told me before they'd sell me 100LL if I got in a pinch. Nice guys there and the FSS guy there is very helpful too.

    You could probably find a way to get car gas in Beaver Creek. The town is close to the airport and the airport is along the highway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinner2 View Post
    There is no fuel in Burwash. No commercial fuel sales in Haines Junction either. But there is an operator in Haines Junction with Cessna's and they told me before they'd sell me 100LL if I got in a pinch. Nice guys there and the FSS guy there is very helpful too.

    You could probably find a way to get car gas in Beaver Creek. The town is close to the airport and the airport is along the highway.

    If you can make it to Gulkana for fuel from Whitehorse, you can get an ok from customs in Anchorage to stop there for fuel and clear in at Anchorage International. Did it last summer going north.
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    Iíll be heading up in my Sedan in July and have the same dilemma from Whitehorse to Tok. Will probably get a couple of the Airframes bladders for a little extra range.


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    Haines Junction has been good to get fuel from, Sifton Air I believe was the company. Call ahead!

    Also, if the weather is good, take the victor airway direct to Northway from Whitehorse and you can save 100 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cplne View Post
    Dawson Creek last night on to Whitehorse today. Entire trip from Dallas have had a headwind doing a whopping 70 mpg ground speed. Stopped in Rocky Mountain House and had a nice visit with Ken Fowler, self serv fuel. With these winds itís doubtful I can make Northway then Tok for fuel. Anybody know if there is a operator either in a Burwash or Haines Junction that could spare 15 gallons? Last resort is Iíll buy some cans in Whitehorse and drop them in Burwash in my 185.
    Well, how was the leg from Whitehorse north?


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    North to Alaska

    Quote Originally Posted by cplne View Post
    Dawson Creek last night on to Whitehorse today. Entire trip from Dallas have had a headwind doing a whopping 70 mpg ground speed. Stopped in Rocky Mountain House and had a nice visit with Ken Fowler, self serv fuel. With these winds itís doubtful I can make Northway then Tok for fuel. Anybody know if there is a operator either in a Burwash or Haines Junction that could spare 15 gallons? Last resort is Iíll buy some cans in Whitehorse and drop them in Burwash in my 185.
    Any update on how the leg to Tok worked out for you?


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    .....Anybody know how the rest of cpineís trip went?


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