Jeff Sharp began his 31-year career in Alaska’s commercial aviation business in 1977. Starting out as a line service agent (that’s fancy talk for a ramper) in Fairbanks, his hometown, he earned his commercial pilot rating and went on to accrue almost 13,000 flight hours, split evenly between Part 121 and 135 operations. He came to favor remote operations on the North Slope, mostly in support of oil exploration.

Sharp later moved into flight operations administration, to include stints as Chief Pilot, Director of Operations and ultimately, VP, Operations. He separated from his long-time employer, Era Aviation, in July 2014 to devote more time to family, world travel and enjoying the view from his Homer residence.