Ridgeline Aviation

Ridgeline Aviation is a helicopter and airplane charter company based out of Cordova, Alaska. We offer tours and charter services for all your needs. All employees of Ridgeline Aviation undergo yearly recurrent training, are required to participate in a DOT supervised drug program, and put safety at the front of every flight. We are a FAA Certified Part 135/133 Air Carrier with Hazardous Materials Authorization.


The Pilot: Steve Richards

Steve Richards is the owner and operator of Ridgeline Aviation. He started flying airplanes in the early nineties and helicopters a few years later, with a combined flight time of over 13,000 hours. He started flying in Alaska in his early twenties and has 25 years of experience. A pilot and mechanic, his background is diverse; flying for charter companies, corporate clients, NGO’s and the US government in various aircraft around the world. He founded Ridgeline Aviation in 2006 and is now based out of Cordova, Alaska. 




The R44, the world's most popular helicopter, is known for it’s reliability, efficiency and comfort. It has passenger seating for three, external cargo racks for moving larger gear, and a cargo hook that can lift external cargo. The R44 is an ideal helicopter for transport, sightseeing, photography and aerial survey due to its large bubble windows, quick cruising speed and low cost of operation. It has been proven in Alaska as a reliable and economical machine. 




Our Cessna 170B is a single engine, fixed wing airplane. It has been completely rebuilt with heavy duty gear, big tires, and a fuel injected 180 horsepower motor. It is equipped for improved and unimproved landing areas. The Cessna accommodates up to three passengers, depending on cargo and distance traveling. It is great for taking two people with outdoor gear into unimproved landing strips.

If you ask chief pilot, Steve Richards about Cordova he will tell you that it is "Alaska's best kept secret." Cordova is located between the Copper River Delta and the southeastern end of Prince William Sound. This eclectic, cool, off the road systems town is bursting with wildlife and adventure, but it is the community of selfless, amiable people who occupy it that make it unique. In Cordova everyone waves to everyone, there is always great food to be shared, and there is always a place for you to stay. Not only that, but the terrain is alluring. Whether you are flightseeing, fishing, hiking or foraging, you will be in awe of the beauty at every moment.