Chuck Perry – Chief Pilot, Kenmore Air
A need for uninhibited travel plans propelled Chuck Perry to earn his pilot’s licenses. Little did he know; his weekend hobby would lead to a second career.
In the 80s and 90s, Chuck lived and worked in Ketchikan. Today, the town is a popular stop for many cruise lines. Back then it was a small and infrequently visited fishing village. Chuck was a member of local law enforcement. “Everyone knew everyone. So I learned to fly and bought a plane. It let me get off the rock whenever I wanted,” Chuck explained over the roar of a de Havilland Otter.
He originally joined the staff in 2002 as a line pilot, becoming the Assistant Chief Pilot in 2004. He was promoted to Chief Pilot in 2012. “These days I don’t get to fly as much as I’d like. I spend a lot of my time in the office, but that’s the nature of my job. There’s just a lot of administrative work that has to get done,” he said. He flies about half as much as a line pilot, but that doesn’t seem to have diminished his skills one bit. As the busy season picks up, Chuck will be less in the office and more in the sky. He might even be piloting your next flight.
Special thanks to member Travis Brandt for hosting Chuck at this exciting event.
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-House Made Potato Salad
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-Tossed Green Salad with House Dressings & Homestyle Croutons
-Fresh Baked Bread
-Chefs Choice Dessert