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    Taquan, meaning "village by the sea" in the Alaska Native Tsimshian language,
    has been synonymous in aviation for over 30 years.

    Our History
    August 1947 The first DeHavilland Beaver is flown and recognized as one of Canada's ten greatest engineering achievements in the past 100 years.
    1967 The final DeHavilland Beaver aircraft comes off production in Canada.
    August 1977 Taquan Air Service Incorporated begins operations as a single aircraft carrier, owned and operated by Jerry Scudero, out of Metlakatla, Alaska.
    1986 Taquan Air Service, Inc. purchases property in Ketchikan on Water Street.
    1997 Kootznoowoo Corporation purchases 50% of Taquan Air Service, Inc. stock, enabling the carrier to purchase assets from Ketchikan Air Service.
    1999 Taquan Air Service, Inc. sells off assets and streamlines operations.
    April 2000 Venture Travel, LLC dba Taquan Air acquires Taquan Air Service, Inc. assets and begins operations under the direction of President and CEO, Brien Salazar.
    April 2000 Venture Travel, LLC dba Taquan Air is awarded U.S. Forest Service Air Service Contract and acquires U.S. Postal Service contracts to serve Hyder, Hydaburg, and Behm Canal mail routes.
    2001 "New" Taquan Air begins operating full service U.S. Mail and scheduled passenger flights in the Ketchikan area, including Prince of Wales Island.
    2001 Taquan Air begins Kenmore Air six window seat modifications on DeHavilland Beaver fleet. All maintenance requirements are completed in-house by way of local labor.
    2002 Taquan Air acquires and operates contracts with all major cruise lines for flightseeing tours, predominately during the summer season.
    2003 Taquan Air fleet increases from 6 to 7 aircraft
    2004 Taquan Air completes Kenmore six window seat modification on all 7 aircraft.
    February 2004 Taquan Air registers to participate in the voluntary Alaska Medallion Foundation Safety in Aviation Program.
    February 2004 Taquan Air is the first to adopt the FAA's Capstone Program and becomes the first floatplane carrier in Southeast Alaska to install state-of-the-art glass cockpit avionics navigation equipment in its entire fleet.
    May 2004 Taquan Air completes first step in the Medallion Program by earning the Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) Avoidance Star.
    November 2004 Taquan Air completes second step in the Medallion Program by earning the Operational Risk Management (ORM) Star.
    April 2005 Taquan Air completes the third step in the Medallion Program by earning the Maintenance and Ground Service Star.
    May 2005 Taquan Air completes installation of digital stereo sound systems in each aircraft and replaces all existing headsets with digital noise canceling headsets.
    April 2006 Taquan Air completes its fourth step in the Medallion Program by earning the Safety Program Star.
    June 2006 Taquan Air is recognized for being one of two Part-135 floatplane operators in the state of Alaska to achieve Four Star Rating in the Medallion Program.
    April 2007 Taquan Air relocates from waterfront base at 1007 Water Street to the new 3.5 acre business park, Harbor Point.
    October 2007 Taquan Air relocates for the last time at 4085 Tongass Ave into a brand new, state-of-the-art terminal and hangar building
    April 2008

    Taquan Air commences the 2008 season with a two day Grand Opening celebration at the new facilities. Events included a totem pole raising ceremony, native tribal dancing, and public barbeque. Hundreds of guests turned out to celebrate and congratulate.

    May 2008

    The fifth and final step in the Medallion Foundation program is completed with Taquan earning its Internal Audit Star. An audit is conducted to determine the company’s eligibility for the Medallion Shield.

    August 2008 Company President Brien Salazar attended an awards presentation to receive the Medallion Shield plaque for Taquan Air.
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