Neacola Mountain Air has had the pleasure of flying and guiding guest to some of Alaska’s most remarkable places. We’ve also over the years helped train and certify countless students on their helicopter aviation journey. Below are a few past guest reviews.
There is a trifecta of fun flying with Neacola Mountain Air! It is a great environment, professional instruction and a phenomenal place to learn. I honestly have not trained in a more engaging setting anywhere! The terrain is fantastic, close to mountains, rivers, valleys and glaciers. Most of the time I wanted to stop training and just take pictures of the epic landscape.
I have trained at numerous locations and I wish I had flown all of my training with Stacia and Hyme from the beginning. If you are searching for an excellent setting, top level instruction, and want to love the experience of learning to be the best helicopter pilot you can be, I believe you will smile every time you fly with Neacola Mountain Air! It feels like family, fantastic equipment and maintenance, and Im looking forward to my next opportunity to fly with them! Take a flight with Neacola mountain air and you will want to fly there again too!
Training with Neacola Mountain Air has been a life-changing experience for me. It’s rare to find an instructor with thousands of hours of experience and along with that the vibrant and infectious energy that the Neacola instructors emit. Here I am given the space to take accountability of my own flight training and supplied with sources and guidance to help me attain my goals, which is challenging and empowering.
The Neacola Mountain Air flight environment has exposed me to opportunities to practice precision instrument flying and mountain flying. It had enriched my experience interpreting weather forecasts and patterns, offered endless daylight in the summer and superior night time VFR flying in the winter.
I have received my Instrument Helicopter rating as well as my SFAR 73 flight review with Neacola Mountain Air. I am currently training for my Commercial Heli rating and will be pursuing my CFI.
In addition to the instruction, the training environment has lead to great connections in the aviation community in Alaska and beyond.
I can’t say enough about this school. I am proud to lay the foundation of my flight career with these caring and committed group of aviators.
Best flight school in Alaska! I enrolled full-time at Neacola Mountain Air to do my helicopter instrument training, arguably some of the most difficult hours of my helicopter career so far. I am so grateful for the quality of instruction and unwavering support that my instructors have given me, it’s one aspect of this flight school that makes it so worthwhile to train here. Having trained at other flight schools before, it was a big deal to me that I never felt like my time was cut short or that my instructor “didn’t have time for me”. It is also fun that there are so many students at different stages in their training, we all get a chance to glean and share insight with one another while still relating to the same struggles together.
Thank you Stacia for your genuine dedication to making us the best possible pilots and people we can be! And thank you Hyme for glueing the foggles back together every time they broke from someone dropping them! (I know it was a lot!)
I needed a Helicopter ATP for my job. Having been a pilot for 30 years after getting my instrument rating back in 1997 and not using it since meant starting from scratch. After looking at Neacola Air and talking to Stacia I felt like this was the perfect school for me. The easy-going yet very professional manner of Stacia and Hyme made it a reachable goal to get this license—even though it was not easy overcoming my attitude problems.
I also liked the maintenance that was done on the helicopters. No shortcuts there!
Overall I was very pleased with my experience and felt like I was treated as a friend when I was all done.
Getting my private pilot helicopter rating with Neacola Mountain Air was a fantastic experience, complete with ace instructors, a relaxed learning environment, and realistic Alaska flying scenarios.
Professional flight instructors boosted my confidence in my abilities and prepared me with the skills needed to fly in rural Alaska. Neacola easily accommodated my schedule and I had the benefit of staying within state. This unique Alaska business has a great vibe and wonderful instructors. New rating, new friends, new adventures!
Thank you Neacola Mountain Air!
We had a fabulous time flying with Stacia from her hanger out to the glacier, landing and walking around on the glacier, then taking a route back through the mountains (we followed the river up to the glacier). Stacia was very warm, friendly, bubbly, and professional. She is a born educator who loves what she does. If we lived closer, we’d pay her to learn how to fly a helicopter!!!
After our excellent experience, we got 15 of our family members to go for a glacier ride during our family reunion in Eagle River. It was the highlight of the week for all!
We strongly recommend going on this adventure with Stacia. Very smooth, safe, and so much fun!!!
Dreams do come true-it’s never too late! Sometimes it’s easier said than done putting one foot in front of the other and taking strides toward your dreams. However, success doesn’t come from hesitation it comes through action. I’ve found that though dreams can become hidden they are never lost. Nearing the end of phase one of training, it’s easy to reflect on how I have come so far despite the internal struggles of confidence and fear of failure.
I have surrounded myself with people of good moral and ethical values, people who practice structure and high standards of training, see attainable challenging goals, and are the epitome of sound foundational support. Neacola Mountain Air isn’t just a flight school, it’s a personal commitment to your success and future in aviation – Neacola is family!
I recently obtained my Instrument and Instrument Instructor Add-on ratings in the Helicopter and was referred to Stacia Joyce of Neacola Mountain Air, LLC in Wasilla, Alaska.
Their well-structured 141 ground and flight training curriculum along with Stacia’s professional, dedicated, committed as well as patient instruction, not only inspired me but gave me the knowledge and confidence to succeed.
They fly a very well maintained and instrument equipped Robinson R-22 Mariner II, which includes a Garmin G5, Garmin 430 WAAS (TSO-C146) GPS and a digital attitude indicator. This made flight training in the Robinson R-22 fun, challenging and affordable compared to the Robinson R-44 which is almost twice the cost.
I would definitely recommend Neacola Mountain to anyone who is pursuing a rating, flight training or just getting recurrent in the helicopter.
Thank you Stacia and Neacola Mountain for helping me achieve my flight training goals.
This last summer, my son and I had the opportunity to fly in the helicopter with Stacia to Knik Glacier. Stacia had the beautiful ability to ease any nerves that were forming, as this was our first helicopter ride. She walked us through the safety procedures while giving us a tour of the helicopter, allowing us to gain comfortability before hoping in!
As we traveled to the glacier, both of us soaked up the vast knowledge that Stacia shared while showing great patience with the many questions that we asked. Through this learning, we were eager to begin exploring this incredible landform. It was a true gift to see this experience through my son’s eyes. As we carefully wandered around the glacier, Stacia’s calm presence helped us to navigate each step.
Thank you, Stacia for providing this unique, once in a lifetime experience for us, we will forever cherish this moment.
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