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Jay Hudson

Jay Hudson

Jay Hudson is the son of legendary bush pilot Cliff Hudson, and in 1998 took over as owner and operator of Hudson Air Service in Talkeetna, Alaska. Jay had his first solo flight in 1973, when he was sixteen years old and started flying commercially when he was nineteen. Jay followed his father's lead in providing air taxi access to the remote mountains in and around Denali National Park and Preserve, to locals shuttling back and forth to remote properties, and as a contractor for mail delivery. Like his father, Jay has intimate knowledge about flying in the Alaska Range and surroundings, and a wealth of experience that allows him to give clients a "once in a lifetime flying experience" and has served him well in helping to save lives during rescue operations. Hudson Air Service continues to have a solid reputation in the aviation industry. For more about Cliff and Jay Hudson and Hudson Air Service, see "Hudson Air Service: A Big Part of Talkeetna History" in the Frontiersman newspaper.

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