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AV Web story – Alaskan Instructor Wins Martha King Scholarship

Article by Russ Niles originally appeared on the AVweb website on  April 14, 2024.  To view the original article Click Here.

A 43-year-old Alaska woman who literally grew up in the aviation business is paying it forward with a company that specializes in mentoring young people from isolated communities in aviation careers. At a news briefing from King Schools at Sun ‘n Fun 2024, Jamie Klaes noted she began CKT Aviation after the unexpected death of her native Alaskan brother, naming it after him. Their parents operated a small charter company from their hometown of Bettles, which is only accessible by air or dogsled. CKT, based in Anchorage, works with Alaska Excel, which provides academic and technical education for rural Alaska youth.

Russ Niles

Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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