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Middle Fork Aviation


After starting a career in aviation that advanced from lineman, to mechanic, to charter pilot, Pete Nelson established Middle Fork Aviation with his wife and business partner, Shiley. Starting a charter service on the edge of Idaho’s Wilderness brought them home to Challis, Idaho to raise a family.  20 years later, Middle Fork Aviation is one of the premier aviation services in the region, providing charter flights, aircraft maintenance, fuel services, mountain flying training and friendly advice to pilots passing through. Contact us for quotes, questions or to just say hi.

Pete and Shiley Nelson, and the staff at Middle Fork Aviation are down-to-earth folks who enjoy safely flying people and cargo into the backcountry. They are safe, careful and look out for each other and fellow pilots like family. Fly Idaho’s Backcountry with Middle Fork Aviation.

Backcountry Aviation Services In

Challis & Salmon

It began more than

   2 decades ago. . .

Middle Fork Aviation

P.O. Box 656

Challis, ID 83226



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Current Weather

  1. -Challis

  2. -Salmon

  3. -Stanley

  4. -Boise

Local Area Information

  1. -Salmon Challis National Forest

  2. -Payette National Forest

  3. -A Middle Fork Journey
        (ID Public TV)

Lodges and Outfitters

  1. -Middle Fork Lodge

  2. -Idaho Wilderness Company

  3. -Flying Resort Ranches

  4. -Mile High Outfitters

  5. -Idaho Outfitters
       and Guides Association

Boating Equipment Rentals

  1. -Blackadar Boating (Salmon)

River Shuttles

  1. -Blackadar Boating (Salmon)