Meet Pilot Levi Fox –
If you have the opportunity to talk to any of Island Air Service’s pilots, you will be surprised by the diverse backgrounds and interests of each of our pilots. Levi Fox, one of our pilots, is no exception.
Levi was born and raised in Alaska, grew up in Wasilla, and to celebrate his 8th birthday, a family friend took him up flying in a Cessna 206 and from that point on he was hooked. After graduating from Wasilla High School, he left for Western State Colorado University to obtain a degree in recreation & outdoor education to become a professional mountain guide. After a year, he realized that flying was still his passion and he transferred to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical College in Prescott, Arizona to pursue an Aeronautical Science degree – fixed wing program with a minor in meteorology. At the same time, Levi obtained his private pilots certificate and instrument rating.
After college graduation, Levi began flying for Chalk2 in Apple Valley, California. His job there, not far from Edwards Air Force Base, was a chase pilot for military drones to monitor and record their performance.
His next stop took him back to Alaska where he worked on the slope for G.I.S building personnel camps and structures for oil production facilities. He began as a carpenter but went onto welding and structural setting. After a couple years of 4 weeks on and 2 weeks off, he called it a day and went back to Arizona and Colorado.
During this down time, he went back to school to work towards a Masters Degree in Space Science, emphasizing aerospace science and obtained a job with Tenaxx, in Colorado Springs. This job exposed him to the aerospace manufacturing industry. Tenaxx manufactures small parts in support of the DOD’s aerospace efforts.
At the beginning of the year, Levi was in Kodiak and managed to connect with Island Air Service. The desire to fly never left, so he applied for a position as a pilot and after a couple of short flights, was hired to enter Island Air Service’s training program.
Fast forward to today and you will see Levi flying scheduled and charter flights all around the Island and the Peninsula. He is completing his Master’s Degree from American Military University, but his focus is on safety and customer service for our village passengers. The challenge of flying in Kodiak’s unpredictable weather around our rugged Island is one that constantly motivates him to be his best. Levi has flown three medevacs since getting qualified which really brings home how Island Air Service is so closely tied to our Island communities. When asked what he likes best about flying on Kodiak, in addition to the challenges of everyday flying, he really enjoys meeting new people and getting to know our customers. He also likes to fish and hunt and is always looking for good tips.
While Levi’s journey to Kodiak took a roundabout route, that desire to fly remained. So we want to welcome Levi to Island Air Service’s family of pilots and employees. Each and everyone of us at Island Air Service are committed to providing safe transportation and consistent, high quality customer service.
Welcome aboard Levi!