The Northwind Experience
At Northwind, our pilots Scott and Joe value safety as a #1 priority! Secondly, we like to have fun! We love to meet new people, see old friends, fly families, enjoy laughs together, tell local history, and experience the beauty of Alaska with you!
Your Northwind Aviation experience starts with safe and fun pilots! We are lucky to have the incredible pilots that fly for us and know they will work hard to make your Alaskan adventure fantastic!
Scott Jackson, the owner, grew up in the north woods of Maine, hunting, fishing, and trapping. From the ages of 18-21, he attended college and completed a B.S. degree in aircraft maintenance and operations. Scott has an MBA in Marketing from NYIT ('07) and has founded and managed companies specializing in aircraft charters, real estate, global avionics sales, outdoor education, and hunting and fishing guide services.
Scott enjoys hunting, flying bush planes, and fishing in Kachemak Bay. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with customers that have a passion for the outdoors. His primary roles are business development and marketing at Northwind. He guides the company on a day-to-day basis, answering customer's questions, and ensuring everyone has a great time during their visit. Scott brings 30 years of flying experience to the table!
For Joe, being an Alaska Bush Pilot is more a lifestyle than a job. It's where he can share his passion for all things Alaska and his love of flying. With over 18,000 flight hours in Turbine Otters and Beavers, most of which has been flown in the Alaskan backcountry, Joe feels completely at home in the sky. As an experienced guide, Joe has expert knowledge of the premier places for fishing, hunting and bear viewing.
Joe and wife Rhonda live the motto: Adventure is out there! They love to travel, explore, and spend time with family and friends. They can't wait to be the first to welcome you to Alaska.
William comes from a family of Naval Aviators and started his own flying career before graduating high school. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University earning a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science with a minor in Aviation Weather. Hungry for adventure and wanting to see the world, William spent the next 16 years flying internationally throughout the Caribbean, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. He has been an airline captain, a bush pilot, and a military pilot. Willian is also an entrepreneur and inventor, owning several businesses and holding multiple patents. However, when asked what he does for a living, “Pilot” is always the answer. William would describe aviation as his only true passion in life outside of family.
William has accumulated almost 8,000 flight hours, mostly in turboprop STOL aircraft, and holds Airline Transport Pilot ratings for multi-engine aircraft (land and sea) as well as Commercial Pilot privileges for single-engine aircraft (land and sea). When not flying, William enjoys riding dirt bikes, hunting, long-range shooting, hiking, and fishing with his son.