Meet Our Pilots

Mark Hackett
"Marky Mark"
Director of Operations
Navajo and Float Pilot
Flying since 1980
Rob Murray
Chief Pilot
Float Pilot

Flying since 1998
Brock Bauder
Line Pilot
Navajo Pilot
Flying since 1990
Photo Coming Soon Van Swanson
Line Pilot
Navajo Pilot
Flying since 1993
Francois Bakkas
Seasonal Line Pilot
Float Pilot
Flying since 1999
John Reed
"Speed Reed"
Line Pilot
Float Pilot
Flying since 1977
Pat Coyle
"Pat the Pilot"
Part-Time Pilot
Flying since 1980

The Harris Family

Having been born and raised in southern Minnesota it was only natural that Scott Harris would consider a post high school career in the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Joining in 1982, he was sent to a land station along the Sainte Maries River in Sault Sainte Marie Michigan. Disliking service painting buoys, he opted for training in the field of aviation where he spent the remainder of his 8 years as an Aviation Electrician working on helicopters and small jets. The USCG first sent him to Astoria Oregon then on to Sitka Alaska where he ultimately decided to leave the USCG and seek employment in Sitka’s civil aviation. He secured a job with Mountain Aviation as a mechanic working on Bell helicopters as well as small single and multi engine aircraft. It was during his employment that Scott married his wife of over 20 years, Laura Kronsperger.

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Scott and Laura’s lives intersected at Farmington High School when Laura moved to town in the summer of 1978. True love would have to wait, however, as she and her family left Minnesota three years later.

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.

Laura and Scott decided to branch out on their own beginning Harris Aircraft Maintenance in 1998 as a single-mechanic shop providing aircraft maintenance. In 1999, with changes occurring in the local aviation industry, it was decided to add an amphibious Cessna for charter services. Since Scott was not a pilot, they hired their first employee to fly the plane, beginning their career as an air taxi operator. The Company name changed in 1999 to Harris Aircraft Services, Inc. with the addition of an amphibious deHavilland Beaver. Their first Piper Chieftain followed in 2002 providing air ambulance services for Southeast Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). In 2007 the Company added a second Chieftain for airport-to-airport passenger service.

In addition to air taxi operations the Company has continued to maintain a presence supporting general aviation by providing aircraft maintenance, storage and support services. Through the years the Harris/Kronsperger family grew to include their children, Rachel and Joe, as well as Rosie, their Australian Shepherd. The family calls Sitka its home yet travels often to family reunions in Minnesota and Montana.

Harris Family