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Michelle Cowan, Captain and Chief Flight Instructor
Michelle Cowan, Captain and Chief Flight Instructor

As Kenmore Air’s first, full-time female pilot certified to fly the entire fleet, Michelle Cowan gets some curious looks from passengers. But she simply smiles and says, “The stripes don’t mean flight attendant.”

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Director of Operations, Ken VanWinkle
Director of Operations, Ken VanWinkle

It’s said, one of the secrets to happiness is making your vocation your avocation. For Ken VanWinkle, Director of Operations and Pilot at Kenmore Air Express, this couldn’t be truer. Flying is more than Ken’s job – it’s his passion.

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Father-Daughter Upholstery Duo
Father-Daughter Upholstery Duo

Some fathers teach their daughters to ride a bike. Others teach their girls to fish. Clarence Kappes taught his daughter to sew. And he still is teaching.

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In Celebration of Blue
In Celebration of Blue

Family comes in many forms, not the least of which is four, furry legs. And so it was with heavy hearts we said goodbye to one of our own last week - Blue.

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A Woman in a Man’s World: Jenn McBeth, Kenmore Air Mechanic
A Woman in a Man’s World: Jenn McBeth, Kenmore Air Mechanic

Jenn McBeth has a dazzling smile, witty personality and a passion for learning. She’s also not afraid of a little grease and a lot of hard work. Which is good because as an aviation mechanic she sometimes has to do just that.

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Gregg Munro, Kenmore Air Chairman
Gregg Munro, Kenmore Air Chairman

Initially, Gregg mowed the lawns on which Kenmore Air parked the planes. But eventually when he got out of the army, he came back and started flying.

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Chris and Tristan Blair
Chris and Tristan Blair

It is little wonder Tristan Blair joined the Kenmore Air family. His dad, Chris, has been flying with Kenmore Air since before he was born. A love for planes was practically imprinted on Tristan's DNA.

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Kenmore Air Chief Pilot Chuck Perry
Kenmore Air Chief Pilot Chuck Perry

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.

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Six-Six-Zulu
Six-Six-Zulu

It wasn’t the first seaplane Kenmore Air ever purchased. It wasn’t even the first de Havilland Beaver. But Six-Six-Zulu is definitely the best-loved member of Kenmore’s fleet.

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Kenmore Air Pilot Anna Gullickson
Kenmore Air Pilot Anna Gullickson

A lifelong passion for de Havilland Beavers led a landlocked raised girl on a journey to become commercial seaplane pilot.

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Wills brothers handle plane from engine to cockpit
Wills brothers handle plane from engine to cockpit

From the engine to the cockpit, the Wills brothers have their hands on the entire 11-passenger de Havilland Otter.

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Inside the Upholstery Shop with Clarence Kappes
Inside the Upholstery Shop with Clarence Kappes

Kenmore Air’s upholstery shop sits just above the mailroom. It’s non-descript entrance rests at the top of a narrow stairway. Most people give the nearly windowless space nary a glance, let alone have a clue as to the artistry that goes on inside.

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Andrew Otterness
Happy National Dog Day
Happy National Dog Day

At Kenmore Air we love our four-legged family members.

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The Insides of a Kenmore Air Pilot’s Bag
The Insides of a Kenmore Air Pilot’s Bag

When your office floats on the water and flies through the air, you need to be prepared for what the day is going to bring.

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Eric Ellison – Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year
Eric Ellison – Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year

Eric’s outstanding contribution to safety in aviation maintenance earned him recognition from the FAA.

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2014 Fmaily Business Award
2014 Fmaily Business Award

Kenmore Air was among Seattle Business Magazine's 2014 Family Business Award recipients. Being included among such wonderful family-owned businesses was an honor.

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A Day on the Line with Jay Todhunter
A Day on the Line with Jay Todhunter

As glorious as job of a Kenmore Air pilot is, they earned their positions the hard way: on the line. What's it like to pay your dues and earn your stripes?

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#IceBucketChallenge
#IceBucketChallenge

Our team accepted the Victoria Clipper’s #IceBucketChallenge. We took it this afternoon, and we’re making a donation to help #StrikeOutALS.

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Leslie Banks (aka Kenmore Air’s Chief Mom in Residence)
Leslie Banks (aka Kenmore Air’s Chief Mom in Residence)

It’s said, behind every successful man, there’s a great woman. I couldn’t agree more. And, the women at Kenmore Air are been pretty darn great.

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