I flew this past season with LAB and was with them when they lost their 135 cert. It was by far the most fun flying I have ever done. One FAA guy went out of his way and really bent over back to get it pulled. The Bennet's tried hard to fight it but last I heard was that they are giving up. To much money to try to get it back so they are selling things off. I haven't heard anything since September so things might have changed. I hope them the best.
Skagway Air gone too. I flew for them for 2 summers. Best job I ever had.
Pretty sad to see what has happened to the small carriers up there. LAB - gone. Skagway Air - gone, Haines Air - gone. Glacier Bay Airways - gone. Those were just some of the carriers operating up there in '94 when I flew there.
I can remember LAB had something like 44 pilots in '94. Skagway Air, about 13. Haines Air, about 6 or 7. All these companies gone, but Wings hasn't really grown since all of these shutdowns. Air Excursions joined the mix of carriers recently, but still only have maybe 7 pilots. I was in Skagway last summer and saw that Seaborne is basing a DHC-6 there for the season. Even with good weather, however, it wasn't flying much.
I can remember times in Glacier Bay when traffic was heavy. Now it is rare to hear more than 3-5 airplanes per day over the Davidson Glacier.
Flew with them '04-'05. Most fun I've had with my pants on....and in one case, off, but I digress. It was sad to see them go. I never flew an airplane I did not feel was airworthy. And though they may have not been a perfect company, when I was there, their relationship with the FAA was even less perfect. I'm sure that contributed more to their demise than some would like to admit.
Anyhow, I raise my glass to Layton, Lou and Lynn!!!