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Glacier National Park Airplane Tours

No, only companies with permitted certificates from FAA and authorized by National Parks system can fly inside Glacier National Park.  Red Eagle Aviation is the only flight tour operator that is legal to fly actual tours inside the park. Part of holding this unique certificate is having aircraft and pilots that meet a certain standard.


Our aircraft are held to the highest standards and our pilots are specifically trained for the conditions and terrain in Glacier National Park.  We can get you very close to active glaciers.  We can give you the best experience in the park possible while not disturbing people or wildlife on the ground.

Our pilots are trained in all the highlights of the park.  As a company that has been operating flights in the park for over three decades, we have an intimate knowledge of the park and all that it has to offer.

As a “Part 135” (FAA language) operator with a certificate to fly inside Glacier National Park both our aircraft and pilots are held to the highest standards.  Flying in the backcountry has risks but you are in the best and most experienced hands when you fly with Red Eagle Aviation.

No.  We fly our Helicopters along the boundary of the Park but do not enter the Park with our Helicopters.  There No Helicopter tour companies that legally fly in the park. We do fly airplanes into the Park (Cessna 206’s) that are specifically outfitted for tours though Glacier National Park.  The Airplanes are quite and non-intrusive to guests and wildlife on the ground.

This is a matter of opinion.  Our airplanes are generally faster so you will see more sites; they can hold more passengers (5).  Our Airplanes are the only Aircraft in the country permitted to go into Glacier National Park.  Our Helicopter has a bubble viewing window, so the view and sensations are incredible.  Our Helicopter is permitted to fly along Glacier National Park boundary and will take guest over the Great Bear Wilderness where you will fly over the Great Northern Glacier.   

Typically, you will fly into Glacier International Airport (GPI) which has inbound flights from major passenger airlines. This is the closest passenger airport to Glacier National Park.

We operate from Kalispell City Airport which is a 20 minute drive from GPI.

Glacier National Park is open year round but the popular Going-to-the-Sun-Road opens once the snow is cleared. As snow clears, more of the road opens up. Typically, Going-to-the-Sun-Road is open by the end of June.

You don’t have to wait until Going-to-the-Sun-Road opens to take an aerial tour of Glacier National Park.


Kalispell City Airports does have short term and longer term tiedown fees.  $60 per month, $10 per night the first night free with a purchase of 30 gallons or more of 100 LL or Jet Fuel.

We offer Full-Service Jet Fuel, Self and Full Service 100LL AVGAS. Oil, aviation equipment/accessories, full-service maintenance, tiedowns, flight instruction, fully staffed mechanic shop able to work on almost any type of rotary and fixed wing aircraft, etc. We are also a full service Robinson Helicopter Service Center.  

There are no rental car agencies on site.

We may have a car available for Red Eagle Aviation Clients. If the car is available, there is a 3-hour (in town) limit. There is no charge to use the car, however you must be a client of Red Eagle Aviation; fuel purchase (min 40 gallons), or a maintenance client.  Car users must also refuel the vehicle prior to returning. 

Flight Training

The cost to train and become certified as a Private Pilot can vary. The minimum requirements as outlined by the FAA is 40-hours. We base our pricing on the requirements of the FAA.  Please call us 406-755-0000 for pricing. 

The minimum required time to complete a Private Pilot License Training is 40-hours. This is determined by the FAA and is the minimum. On average, a non-academic schedule requires about 55-hours.

Many of our students have full-time jobs and are learning to fly part-time. Though there is something to be said for immersive learning, it is very possible to get your private pilots license by training part-time.

REA offers the following ratings, sign offs and instruction: PPL, IFR, High Performance, Commercial, CFI, CFII, Heli, Tailwheel, Mountain Flying, Biannual Flight Reviews, Sim training, all using our aircraft, or we can also work with an owner’s aircraft.

Our aircraft rental rates are available on our Aircraft Rental Page.

We are an FAA Certified Part 61/91 Flight School. We are unable to accept the GI Bill at this time.

Red Eagle Aviation has partnered with both Wurthy Financial and Stratus Financial in order to provide financial services to clients needing financial assistance.  Both of these companies offer loan packages that should take the financial barrier off of acquiring your licenses.  Please call 406-755-0000 for more details. 

Kalispell, MT

There are over 10 restaurants with in a 10-minute walk of Red Eagle Aviation.  Additionally, we have a grocery store and deli next to our facility.  Rosauer’s Grocery and Deli, Casa de Mexico, Dusty Star Bar and Grill, Mackenzie River Pizza, Burger King, Subway, Ranger Joes Pizza, etc.

We have the Hilton Garden Inn Suites located next door to Red Eagle Aviation, Inc. They have been generous enough to offer a discounted rate to those who are doing business with Red Eagle Aviation, Inc. and the Kalispell City Airport.

Kalispell City Airport (S27) is not the airport that commercial airliners (like Delta, Alaska, Allegiant, etc) operate out of. You need to go to Glacier Park International Airport (GPIA), even though your ticket may say Kalispell City Airport (FCA).  We offer regional flights booked through our front office.  

Glacier National Park is about a 50-minute drive from Kalispell City Airport (S27).  Or we can take you there in one of our airplanes in less than 15 minutes. 

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