Meet Our Pilots
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After four years of service in the Coast Guard (the last two in Sitka) Mark pursued his Commercial, Instrument and Flight Instructor certificates in the Phoenix area. Returning to Alaska six months later he landed his first flying job, fish spotting out of Kodiak. Since then Mark has earned a living for the last 30 years flying in Alaska. He has ventured from Sitka a few times to fulfill a yearning for flying big airplanes. This included flying the DC-6 throughout Alaska and copiloting the Boeing 747 hauling freight around the world.
Mark recently celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife Phyllis. They live on a small Island near Sitka, where they raised their two children Adam and Maury. Mark has been flying for Harris Air since the spring of 2000 and enjoys flying the well maintained equipment, working with the great staff and never tires of the beautiful scenery.
John was born and grew up in Eastern Oregon. After high school he joined the Navy, and spent the next four years in Vietnam on the USS Halsey in the ship’s engineering department. Next, he worked summers for the Forest Service, while going to college at Portland State University with his wife. In 1977 they moved to Sitka, where she became a hygienist, and John one day literally had an epiphany standing on the porch of their house, watching a Channel Flying Beaver; he would become a float pilot. So he left for Sierra Academy of Aeronautics in Oakland, thought to be the 2nd-best institution at the time for learning to fly. Back in Sitka, and after a couple of years of “learning” from many pilots in the area, he got his first job.
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In 2006, John was lucky enough (His words!) to return to Sitka in his current job flying either the Beaver or the Cessna 185 on floats for Harris Aircraft Services, and is currently our Safety officer. It was the perfect chance for John to return to his starting place in Aviation, and play cat and mouse in the challenging weather of this area; something he really enjoys more than anything else he has done! (Believe it or not?)
When he isn’t flying, John enjoys photography, reading, movies, camping out with friends in the lakes of this area, and even giving flying lessons on occasion. What’s in his IPod? Sting, Loreena McKennitt, U2, the Boss, maybe even a book or a movie? He recently went to Thailand and Cambodia with his son, (Born in Sitka) and whom he hadn’t seen for almost 4 years because Chris lives in Japan. They both really enjoyed Angkor Wat he says.
The Harris Family
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She went on to complete high school in Wooster Ohio. She then attended Bowling Green State University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education. Her employment years during college taught her the fine art of book keeping and honed her skills in information management and business. She carried these skills to Oregon after graduation and found employment working for accounting firms in Portland while Scott was living in Astoria. She moved north to Alaska when he transferred in 1987. She continued her education earning a Master’s degree in Education Technology while maintaining employment with a local accounting firm and the University of Alaska Southeast. She ultimately accepted a job with Arrowhead Transfer where she is the Information Systems & Accounting Manager to this day.