About Penobscot Island Air

Flying Maine's coast and islands is our specialty.

About Us

The original air service was established in the late-1940s by Arthur Harjula with a single J3 cub. It was later named Stonington Flying Service when purchased by Herb Jones. When Herb’s son, Charlie, took the business over he renamed it Penobscot Air. In the early-1990s, Clint and Hannah Demmons bought the air service, retaining its name. In 1999, they sold to the Telford Group. In 2003, the Telford Group established the air service as Maine Atlantic Aviation. In 2004, the division was purchased by another individual, who retained the name Maine Atlantic Aviation.

In mid-December of 2004, the owner of Maine Atlantic decided abruptly to stop all service to the islands, and Kevin Waters decided to establish Penobscot Island Air. Service began with Kevin flying a single leased plane to the islands of Penobscot Bay.

It was a priority for Kevin to maintain the way of life for the people of the islands, whom he had grown to know very well while flying to the islands for the previous 11 years. To maintain flight service, it was a necessity to secure contracts to the islands, which he did. PIA holds the contracts for the U.S. Postal Service, Federal Express, Federal Express Ground, United Parcel Service, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Our Crew

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PresidentTerry Waters

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DispatchSally Sinclair

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PilotAndy Hartt

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Pilot/Company Flight InstructorCarson Courchaine

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Pilot/Katahdin Air/Director of OperationsJim Strang

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BookkeeperChelsea St. Jacques

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Pilot/Flight School InstructorChris Carroll

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Pilot/Company Check AirmanSteve Turner

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PilotDawson Simmons

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Line CrewBo Titcomb

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Line CrewSam Johnson

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Chief PilotScott Story

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GroundShelby Billings Shallow

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DispatchGina Anderson

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MaintenanceEthan Whited

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Vinalhaven Island Delivery CrewPeter Jones

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Isleboro Island DeliveryCindy Nash

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Chief Financial OfficerKen Carle

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Line Crew ManagerDave Hall

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PilotAl Highsmith

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North Haven Island DeliveryKelly Adams

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Director of Maintenance/MechanicSam Staples

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MaintenanceCody Olson

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Vinalhaven Island DeliveryEthel Jones

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DispatchDanielle Dunphy

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North Haven + Vinalhaven LogisticsMary Hurtibise

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MaintenancePeter Marucci

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MaintenanceSteve Hurd

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IN MEMORY OFCindy Collins, Dispatch

It is with tremendous sadness that all of us at Penobscot Island Air share that Cindy Collins has passed away after a courageous battle with leukemia. Our hearts are very heavy and the emptiness that is touching us now is great. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Collins family. We will miss you dearly Cindy…♥️
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IN MEMORY OFKevin Waters

Forever in the hearts of Penobscot Island Air