About Kenai Aviation

Who We Are

In order to meet the needs of Alaskan adventurers, travelers, workers, and students, Kenai Aviation has been serving the Kenai Peninsula since 1961. Known for unparalleled safety, service and flexibility, many have trusted Kenai Aviation to get them where they need to be.


Beechcraft King Air B200

A luxurious, pressurized, fast airplane with the ability to get you where you need to go, anywhere in Alaska!

Range: 1700nm
Service Ceiling: 28,000ft
Engine: PWC PT6A-42
Capacity: 9 Passengers or up to 2300 lbs of cargo

Tecnam Traveller P2012

Our brand new, flagship airplane straight out of Italy. Perfect for quick, short-medium distance trips inside and outside the Kenai Peninsula.

Range: 950nm
Service Ceiling: 19,500ft
Engine: Lycoming TEO-540
Capacity: 9 Passengers or up to 2100 lbs of cargo

Cessna 206

The Alaska Pickup Truck. The 206 is spacious and capable, with the ability to go where few others can.

Range: 840nm
Service Ceiling: 15,700ft
Engine: Continental IO-520
Capacity: 5 Passengers or up to 1000lbs of cargo

Our History

Bob Bielefeld, came to Alaska in 1959 to work in the oil field with Coastal Drilling. He saw a need for an air service in Kenai to support the development and expansion of the energy industry in the Cook Inlet. Bob safely transported thousands of passengers across the Inlet, trained many local pilots, and built a reputation for dependability which continues to drive our company.

In 2018 Joel Caldwell purchased Kenai Aviation with a vision to continue Bob’s legacy. Within a year the fleet grew to seven planes and counting. Kenai Aviation added training and long distance charters to their offering, fulfilling Bob’s dream of operating a King Air.

Bob’s commitment to quality service and his “go anywhere” mentality still drives Kenai Aviation today.

Kenai Aviation Bob Bielefeld
Kenai Aviation historical group photo

Joel Caldwell


Joel’s dream of building the perfect airline started for his home community has always been with him, and continuing the legacy Bob Bielefeld started in 1959 was the perfect fit in 2018 when he bought Kenai Aviation. Joel began flying in Alaska in 1997, serving native communities throughout rural Alaska, Far-East Russia, and Western Canada, flying for various non-profit organizations. This led to flying for multiple commercial operators as a line pilot, instructor, and check airman. Joel is currently a captain for Alaska Airlines on the Boeing 737. Along with his over 15,000 hours of flight experience throughout his career, Joel also has his airframe and powerplant mechanic certification and aircraft inspector authorization.

Peter Heinrichsohn


As a consummate adventurer and perpetual student of leadership, Peter Heinrichsohn is passionate about efficient customer first experiences. As a career airline captain and an entrepreneur with multiple successful business ventures, Peter brings a wealth of knowledge to the Kenai Aviation team. Peter resides in Alaska with his partner Lisa.

Craig Walls


Before joining Kenai Aviation Craig worked his way up in operational and institutional finance. Craig’s boyhood passion for aviation led to taking over the financial and data side of Kenai Aviation. His goal for Kenai Aviation is to become the most efficient and best 135 airline in the United States by constantly pushing Kenai Aviation towards the best passenger experience in the best aircraft possible. When he isn’t focused on the day to day of Kenai Aviation, Craig can be found adoring his wife of 10 years, 3 young children, or riding his ATV and hunting.

Jacob Caldwell


Jacob’s passion is operation. He loves seeing Kenai Aviation grow from the community he was raised in into a staple of Alaskan travel. Jacob began his career in station operations at Grant Aviation in Anchorage, AK. He studied aviation management at University of Alaska – Anchorage where he earned his Aircraft Dispatcher certification. He went on to manage multiple stations for Grant Aviation. Jacob graduated from the Developing Emerging Leaders program at Alaska Airlines while working for the company and managing station operations in Alaska, Colorado, and Texas.

Tyson Spies

Director of Station Operations

Tyson started at Grant and has been working at Kenai Aviation since the beginning. Tyson plays a pivotal role keeping flights organized and running on time, making sure baggage gets where it’s supposed to go, and ensuring safety on every flight.

Matthew Barnes

Chief Pilot

Matthew Barnes transitioned from instructing at the Kenai Aviation Training Academy to overseeing the pilots of Kenai Aviation and is loving the role. He is passionate about maintaining a safe and positive environment for our pilots and works hard to constantly improve the pilot experience. Matt enjoys spending time with his 27 kids and with his wife while enjoying Alaskan outdoor sports.