Some pilots are so passionate that they have climbed to such high altitudes.  So, we’ve checked them off to become part of the Aviators Team.

Who are they?

Aviators are those pilots that tell the best stories about aviation experiences.  Our Aviators are those who live the Fly Salty Play Salty lifestyle, and are the great’s storytellers that can inspire anyone to become an aviator.

Kip Kiever
Home Airport: Summerland Key Cove (FD51), Kiever (8FL2)
Certificates/Ratings: Private, Single Engine Land, tail wheel (float soon)
What I Fly: Cessna 172
About Me: Being the first to fly in my family I had a slow start into aviation.  During my time at key west High school, I worked for a float plane operator out of KEYW washing down float planes and getting my private.  Now I commute to FAU from the keys working on an engineering degreeand flying the wings off the old bird.  Being 22 I like to educate people that wile flying is a commitment it an attainable goal even on a budget.

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Kat Pence
Home Airport: McNary Field (KSLE)
Certificates/Ratings: Student Pilot
What I Fly: Cessna 150, Dads C-182RG
About Me: I am a female student pilot in my 30's so I know what I want and am going to work hard to get it. I’m also a bit salty ;). I am passionate about flying and the outdoor lifestyle. 

For the past 12 years I have run a commercial construction company with my husband. 

In our (very small amount of) spare time we take advantage of the abundance of outdoor activities our home state of Oregon has to offer. We enjoy hiking, snowboarding, and camping in our 1957 Airstream that we spent 5 years renovating. 

I believe the aviation community is better when we work together, and so I am a member of AOPA, EAA, The 99's, and Ladies in Flight Training (LiFT). 

My goal is to launch my blog and YouTube channel this month. I will be documenting my flight training and eventually featuring other female pilots to encourage other women to start their aviation journey. 

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Grayson Barrows
Home Airport: McMinnville, OR (KMVV)
Certificates/Ratings: Private, Single Engine Land, Instrument, Rotorcraft & Glider
What I Fly: Cessna Skywagon & Bell, Agusta and MD series helicopters
About Me: I’m 40 years young, salty and aviation is my passion. I’m blessed to have earned multiple ratings and still have the appetite to learn each time I fly. I have accumulated over 3000 flight hours and love flying each and every model of aircraft. I’m a third-generation pilot on both sides of my family and I grew up on a small grass strip my grandfather started after WWII (4N7).


While not flying for fun, I work in aviation.  I am the General Manager for Precision Support Services in McMinnville, Oregon. We perform avionics and maintenance on a wide variety of fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft.


I love to give back to aviation as it has given me so much in my short lifetime.  I advocate for AOPA, HAI, NBAA, EAA and Young Eagles. I hope one day my own children will take on the family tradition – no pressure​ wink wink.


We cannot have enough friends in this small industry; be kind to one another, fly friendly and help each other with technical matters!

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