Pilot of Wrangell St. Elias National Parks

About Tok Air Service

Zack Knabel, Pilot

Tok Air Service Pilot, Zack Knabel

Zack Knaebel of Tok Air Service, LLC was born in Fairbanks. A third generation pilot, he started flying at age 11 and has been flying Bush Alaska ever since. Zack now lives in Tok, Alaska, and from there he flies clients out to experience the vast Alaskan wilderness.

His aim is to make the wilds of Alaska accessible and affordable for everyone. Zack's flying skill and guiding experience provide clients with a winning combination that results in successful "once-in-a-lifetime" adventures.

One of Zack's favorite past times is scouting out places in the mountains where no plane has ever landed, and setting down in his Super Cub. We invite you to come discover this untouched wilderness with us. Zack has 3 airplanes specially suited for whatever adventure you choose..

The Tok Air Service Fleet

Tok Air Service is comprised of three aircraft, each specializing in different performance aspects of bush flying needed to accessing remote location.

N82022 is the first Super Cub Zack purchased; back in 2001. It is a 1978 Piper that was completely updated and modified in 2014, specifically for the hard-core, "heavy lifting" bush flying that Tok Air Service has staked its' reputation on.

Weighing in under 1100 lbs, 022 is one of the lightest "big wing" 180 HP Super Cub's flying commercial service in the world. Nick-named the "Beast", 022 is the go-to plane for getting a big pay-load out of a short, nasty place.


Zack's 2nd Super Cub purchased in 2007. It is a stock, 160 HP, "round-wing" cub. Sporty and agile. 93A has a storied history, flying bush Alaska since it left the Piper factory in 1981.

With Zack at the controls, 93A has pioneered more Super Cub landing strips than most cubs in Alaska combined. If this aircraft could talk, it would tell the most incredible stories about being in the most remarkable places.

93A has spent more time on skis than Bushwheels, since it is the aircraft Zack uses to run his trapline, and to access glaciers for spring skiing and snowboarding.


Zack's Dad, Jeff, bought N714LS brand new from the Cessna factory in 1983. Jeff used 4LS to haul supplies back and forth to the family's small "mom and pop" gold mine.

Eventually, Jeff sold 4LS. After Jeff passed away, Zack located the owner and was able to purchase 4LS back into the Knaebel flying family. In 2014, Zack flew 4LS up from Phoenix AZ, to it's home in Alaska. 4LS is one sexy, fun and fast plane to fly.

Super Cub skiing

Piper Super Cub, N6593A is our go to sports car. She has the ability to take off and land in short distances.

Bush plane hauling

Cessna 185, N714LS, is our party hauler. Got loads of gear, larger groups, or both? 4LS is the plane to get it all in and still land in shorter spaces.

Piper Super Cub in Wrangell National Park

Piper Super Cub, N82022 is our 180 hp work horse. She has right stuff for heavier loads on short strips.