Owner Steve Kamm was born and raised in Ketchikan Alaska and offers more than 30 years of commercial flying experience. After flying for the largest air taxis in Southeast Alaska, Steve was able to log more than 21,000 hours of commercial flight time in the area. Steve is a second-generation Alaskan pilot who gets his love of flying from his father, Cliff Kamm. His father logged approximately 40 years of safe local flying in both commercial seaplanes and helicopters. Steve’s great grandfather, E.C. Phillips came to Ketchikan in 1926 from Grimsby, England. His great grandfather worked on the Ketchikan cold storage dock before founding his own fish processing plant to serve local fisherman – E.C. Phillips and Son was established in 1950. E.C. Phillips and Son, like SeaWind Aviation, is still going strong today.
Pilot Mike Falconeri gained an interest in flying as a young child and knew how to command an aircraft by the time he was old enough to actually get his pilot’s license. He has maintained his license for thirty five years but has only used it commercially for the last fifteen. Before embarking on his aviation career, Mike raced motorcycles into the pros as well as worked at Pratt & Whitney and opened his own kayak business. Mike’s sense of adventure led him to eventually solo paddle most of the US coastline over the course of eleven months. Before beginning his Southeast Alaska flying career, he gained experience in Maine and Connecticut working for Fish & Wildlife and the US Forest Service. This provided for ample experience flying various user groups from hunters and fishermen to celebrities and rock stars. Mike’s motto is “It’s never too late to start your journey” and he demonstrates that through his career path and in life.
Adam Peterson currently lives in Missoula, Montana. He has lived and flown in Southeast Alaska for 10 years. He has logged over 6000 hours flying with the majority of it in Ketchikan while flying float planes. His aviation career has taken him throughout most of North America. His first flying job was in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and since then he has flown out of Kotzebue, Alaska as a medivac pilot for Guardian Flight Alaska, a corporate pilot out of Missoula, Montana and even Key West, Florida while flying people to the Dry Tortugas. In his spare time, he can be seen at a golf course or a hockey rink. He has also been known to enjoy the outdoors and wildlife of Montana.
Lesley runs SeaWind Aviation’s ground operations, reservations and marketing. She is also the wife to Steve Kamm and mother to three young girls – Kendall (16), Shelby (14), and Stevie (12). Lesley coordinates all of SeaWind Aviation tours, including the pick-up and drop-offs at the Ketchikan Visitors Information Center. You just might be lucky enough to have her pick you up! All pickups are in front of Ketchika’s “Liquid Sunshine Gauge” located on the cruise ship dock near the Ketchikan Visitor’s Bureau.
Drew O’Kane is a Native of Colorado and its beautiful Rocky Mountains. A descendent of gold rush homesteaders from the 1880’s, Drew grew up with the great privilege of access to the family’s 20K acre ranch where he was able to adventure upon horseback among the rich wildlife high in the Rockies. It was there that Drew developed his great love and deep passion for nature and wildlife. As one of Ketchikan’s Senior Bear Guides, Drew’s experience and bear knowledge are showcased in his “education & preservation” approach to guiding. Drew is known for his witty humor and his infamous “Alaska Bear Dance” that seems to bring bears out of the woodwork — but only if YOU dance too!
Jill moved to Ketchikan over 40 years ago and has worked in the Ketchikan Aviation community for over 15 years. She helps Seawind with online and telephone reservations and scheduling. Jill is very cheerful and always positive. She loves visiting with our customers and sharing stories, as well as offering suggestions on other things to do after their flight with us.
Kendall was born and raised in Ketchikan. She has been raised around our Aviation business and has enjoyed working the last few years at Seawind learning the ropes but mostly enjoying working on the dock assisting the pilots, and hoping on flights with her dad.
Zach was born and raised in Ketchikan and is half Native Alaskan from the Tsimshian tribe. He spent his childhood exploring beaches, mountains and oceans by boat, kayak and aircraft. He is now in college in California and returning to Ketchikan for the summer to work and spend time with family & friends.
Naomi was born and raised in Ketchikan and began working for us at Seawind 3 years ago. She is obtaining her degree in Speech Language Pathology. Naomi fills a lot of shoes, but mainly she drives to pick up and drop off passengers, checks them in at the office and sometimes loads and unloads the airplanes. She is a joy to have around, and were lucky she comes back each year.
“Dear Steve and Leslie,
Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip. Looking through the pictures we came home with, most are concentrated on our flight with you. Your staff was great, appreciate the drop off in the heart of town so we could get something to eat and make it to a couple of stores. Again, thank you.”
— The Gazzini Family
“We (Linda & I) often think of you and your family and wish you all the best. Just so you know, all our main memories and photos of our cruise back in September are of you guys and the tour you so graciously shared with us. We thank you for that. We still picture ourselves on that little island somewhere on a beautiful fresh water lake in the Alaskan wilderness, wow! Thanks again”
— Roger & Linda
“Hello Lesley and Steve,
I promised to send you pictures of the brown bear we saw on our tour.
We have great memories of our trip! Thanks.”
— Silvana Sensius and Family
“Exceeded all expectations!
SeaWind was awesome. From the super convenient pick-up at the cruise ship, to the friendly staff at the office to the actual flight. I witnessed the staff being super helpful and patient with customers that had mobility issues. The flight was amazing and included actually getting out at the fjord on a dock to allow for photos. The pilot was super friendly and knowledgeable. We had the ability to
actually talk via headsets while in flight to the pilot and the other passengers. The value for the price was exceptional. It was the highlight of our entire trip to Alaska and Canada. The folks at SeaWind were genuine, warm and down to earth… not a corporate or cold experience. Loved it!!!”
This is the third time we have flown with Steve over a 7-year period; and we would do it again tomorrow. His knowledge of the area and ability to find wildlife while flying is great! We have had three different experiences, taking the same tour three times.”
This was a top-notch experience from start to finish. I had several questions before we left home and Lesley responded quickly and cheerfully. Connecting with them in port went smoothly and before we knew it we were meeting Mike our pilot and climbing into the plane. I had never taken off from water before, but Mike is an excellent pilot and it was just like taking off from a runway. The views were breathtaking and well worth the cost. Definitely book direct from them rather than your cruise ship. You save big $$ and get to deal directly with them, which is a plus.”