Kevin Quinn

High Sierra Fly In

Kevin Quinn is a flying freak…seriously. It’s about all he thinks about, and how to do it SAFELY!  Kevin is a former professional hockey player and played in the ECHL, WCHL, WHL with brief stints in the IHL and AHL. He retired in 1995 and started pursuing his aviation and ski life. Kevin allocates time between flying airplanes, running his heli-ski operation in Alaska (Points North 24 years), and spending as much time in the ocean at his other home in Kauai, HI. Of course time with his family is the most important to him. Kevin has been flying since he was a kid with his father and relatives growing up in Alaska. Kevin has an FAA Commercial Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate with an instrument rating and currently has just under 9000 hours of total time, most in the off-airport environment. Additionally, he’s an EMT/ Wilderness medicine trainer, Avalanche Educator, and former President of U.S. Heli Ski Association (8 years) and is a Certified Heli-Ski Guide Trainer. He created the High Sierra Fly-in (11 years running now) and created STOL Drag, which is also the newest class of racing at Reno. He is a member of The Flying Cowboys and recently purchased a 1944 Stearman. To say he is passionate about aviation would be an understatement.

Sharing his passions with others is something that he looks forward to daily. He will fly just about anything he can get his hands on: Airplane, Glider (sailplane) Paraglider, Powered Paragliger, Skydive, Speed Wing, you name it. He has been fortunate to fly a number of different aircraft including Helio Couriers, Super Cubs, Cessnas (152, 172, 170, 180, 182, 185, 206), Beaver, Maule, Highlander, Stretch SuperStol, and few Cirrus aircraft. His newest passion is Biplanes and the history that goes with them, recently being checked out in a Navy N3N biplane and then a Stearman. His passion really is landing bush planes above 9000' daily. He is an EAA Young Eagles Pilot with nearly 100 kids flown to dates, and that number changes almost weekly. Safety and training is his primary responsibility in life. As a father of two children (6&10) and married to his beautiful wife Jessica (together now over 20 years and she lets him fly with her full support), Kevin is set on safely accessing the backcountry and training others to do so as well. Making good pilots better is his mission.