Island Air Service has dedicated the past 40 years to flying passengers and freight to Kodiak's six coastal communities and the various canneries and remote water destinations around Kodiak Island. In 2016, legendary bush pilot Bob Stanford, owner and operator of Island Air Service, began a new chapter when he turned the company over to three new owners. Pilots Taj Shoemaker and Erik Howard and Maintenance Director Adam Lutz all long time employees of Island Air Service, formed the new ownership and management team.
Following the company tradition, the management team and staff at Island Air Service are committed to continuing the company's legacy of providing our customers with safe, reliable air transportation, backed by consistent excellent customer service.
Adam Lutz, CEO and Director of Operations, spent 11 years in the Coast Guard as an aircraft mechanic working on helicopters both at Coast Guard Air Stations and aboard Coast Guard cutters. He has owned and operated several businesses and brings a wealth of aircraft maintenance management and business experience to the team.
Erik Howard, Director of Operations, is originally from Washington State and has been flying with Island Air Service since 2009. He obtained his pilots certificate in 2004 and went on to add his commercial, multi-engine and instructor ratings.
Taj Shoemaker, Chief Pilot was born in Alaska and lived most of his life in the Alaskan bush at this family’s hunting and fishing lodge on the Alaska Peninsula. Taj learned to fly at at a very young age and has been flying ever since. He is also a licensed hunting and fishing guide and still operates seasonally as a guide.
April Carlough has been with Island Air for over 10 years and manages Customer Service and Dispatch. As someone who has lived all their life in Kodiak, April's knowledge of flight operations, local weather and village life adds immensely to Island Air Service's ability to consistently serve our village communities.
Island Air Service's pilots fly a mix of wheel and float planes on our scheduled routes and charter flights. Our pilots are trained and committed first and foremost to your safety and comfort. We operate from Kodiak Airport to village runways with our wheel planes. Our float planes service scheduled and on demand water stops around the Island and on the Alaska Peninsula. Our pilots also are experienced with remote beach landings using our Cessna 180 and Piper Super Cub. For the first time visitor or the seasoned traveler, there is always something new to see as you fly over Kodiak's rugged mountains and remote shorelines. Our pilots are always glad to share their knowledge and appreciation for the many interesting sights along the route as you fly to your Kodiak destination.
The Island Air Service family of employees is ready to greet you and safely fly you to your Kodiak destination. Whether you are flying home or on business, our friendly team of professionals can help you with all your transportation needs. Call us at 1-907-487-4596 or simply book your next flight on line. To reach our Float Plane Terminal at Trident Basin, call our Float office directly at 1-907-487-5000.