Helena, MT FLIGHT TOURS
Explore the Helena Valley and surrounding areas like never before, from the back seat of N9064L, an award winning CITABRIA tail wheel aircraft. Piloted by Don Hendrickson, a long time veteran of the air. BOOK NOW!
Don Hendrickson, PILOT
Don began flying in 1983. He holds multi-engine instrument, high performance and complex, tailwheel, single engine commercial land and sea ratings, and is a certified flight instructor. Don completed Rich Stowell's Emergency Maneuver Training (EMT) program and received his International Aerobatic Club (IAC) Primary Smooth Patch in 2015 from Master CFI Jeanne MacPherson. Jeanne was also a student of Rich's.
In 2023, Don spent a week with the Master himself, Rich Stowell, learning to teach his EMT program, and obtaining his Sportsman Smooth designation from the IAC. With the blessing of Rich, Don has put together some training modules based on Rich's program. Don covers in-flight emergencies, stalls and spins, as well as basic aerobatics in three separate modules. In addition, Don can instruct those who wish to get their Primary Smooth Patch from the IAC.
N9064L - "DUSTY"
The Citabria is a light single-engine, two-seat,
fixed conventional gear airplane which entered production in
the United States in 1964. Designed for flight
training, utility and personal use, it is capable of
sustaining aerobatic stresses from +5g to -2g. Its name
spelled backwards,"AIRBATIC", reflects this.
Champion introduced the 7KCAB in 1968. It was
substantially similar to the 7GCAA of the same year, with
wood-spar wings and spring steel main gear legs. The major
differences between the7GCAA and 7KCAB were in the fuel
system and the engine oil system. The engine was replaced
with a Lycoming IO-320-E2A of 150 horsepower (110 kW),
while a header tank of 1.5 gallons—located beneath the
instrument panel—was added to the fuel system. In addition,
the carburetor was replaced with a fuel injection system, and
a Christen Industries inverted oil system was fitted to the
engine. All of these changes were made in order to allow for
extended inverted flight, a mode not possible in the earlier
N9064L was rebuilt almost entirely in 2012.
In 2021 the plane was flown to the American Champion
Factory in Fox River Wisconsin to have brand new metal
spar wings installed along with many other upgrades.
Tour for One
Approximately 1 Hour. Cemetery Island on Canyon Ferry Lake, over Canyon Ferry Dam, Hauser Dam, down the river through the Gates of the Mountains, Mann Gulch, Sleeping Giant, Holter Dam, return flight to Helena. Flight includes photos in and around the aircraft. Optional flight video available upon request.
Tour for TWO
Two 30-minute individual flights. Cemetery Island on Canyon Ferry Lake, over Canyon Ferry Dam, down the river to Hauser Dam, Gates of the Mountains, Mann Gulch, Sleeping Giant, return flight to Helena. Photos in and around the aircraft included. Optional flight video available upon request.
Approximately a 30 minute flight with aerobatics. Flight includes photos in and around the aircraft. Optional flight video available upon request.
Tour for One w/ Aerobatics
This is the premium package for sure. You will receive the full tour for one as well as aerobatics. Flight includes photos in and around the aircraft. Optional flight video.
High-performance and complex
Single Engine Land and Sea
Rusty Pilot Training
Emergency Maneuver Training which includes
Stall and Spin (qualifies for a spin endorsement)
IAC Primary Smooth Patch Training
Rate for this award winning Citabria
$150.00 per hour. Renters insurance preferred.
Rate for this Instructor
$50.00 per hour both on the ground or in the air.