Darlene Kellogg Rudisill has been flying in Alaska for 15 years teaching floats and tailwheels. She started flying in 1977 and has over 20,000 hours total time, with over 14,000 hours of instruction given. She still has a passion to share her love of flying and a strong desire to help others to be safe, competent pilots.
Her favorite quote from her Grandad is: “The day you think you know everything about flying is the day you better quit.”
When she came to Alaska she was very excited about living and flying here. Besides the beauty, there are so many new things to experience and learn. Even though in the past 15 years she has learned an awful lot, she knows that there is still much more to learn about flying and living in Alaska.
“I love flying in Alaska.
The beauty, the adventure, the freedom, the challenge.
There is an abundance of it all.”

Scout Lake

Scout Lake, Sterling, Alaska. Home base for Alaska Float & Tailwheel
Scout Lake is a beautiful lake nestled on three sides by Alaska State park and DNR. Its crystal clear waters have been stocked with Arctic grayling, coho salmon, and rainbow trout. This is a secret gem for the locals to fish, kayak, picnic, or play by its small beaches. There are two trails that run halfway around the lake, where one can lose yourself in the evergreen forest or take the lower trail for wonderful lakeside views. Even in winter, the lake attracts ice fishermen in their cozy ice tents, fat-tire bikers traversing the lake, ice skaters carving cursive designs, and some families gathering for a game of hockey.


Leonardo da Vinci was thought to have said, “Once you have tasted flight you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return.” My eyes have been skyward for as long as I can remember - always looking up at clouds and constellations, planes and satellites, wind and rockets. I wanted to be in the sky: racing through the void of space, or flying through vicious hurricanes, or dancing around the puffy clouds, or watching lightning storms from above. Finally, the struggle was won! “I slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.” - J.G Magee. Oh, the peace and excitement all rolled in one; THAT is what I live for! Even Wilbur Wright wrote, “The sensation of flying is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost - if you can conceive of such a combination.” This mingled combination has to be shared. I cannot contain it. Flying is too wonderful an experience, and I enjoy inspiring others to the love of flight.
Fun Flying