John Riedl Jr.: Owner
Airmotive Enterprises is a family business of the Riedl family. John Sr. started the FBO here in 1958. John Jr. eventually joined the team and assisted his father in the flight training and FBO business. Many successful students have received their training from John Jr. While John still owns Airmotive he enjoys retirement and antiquing in Duluth Minnesota.
Steve Arhart: Vice President / Business Manager
Steve Arhart came to Airmotive in 1987 to help us as a line technician and forgot to leave. Now Steve is here to assist you as our business manager. With 18 years of experience Steve knows how to make your visit to Airmotive enjoyable. Steve received his private pilots license here in 1987. On your next visit Steve is looking forward to assisting you.
Kai Brings: Chief Flight Instructor
Kai joined our staff in 2002. He is a CFI, CFII and MEI. He has a long history in
instructing aviation and other fields. Kai has specialized in instructing accelerated flight training and teaches the 10 day instrument course and the 5-day commercial course. He has successfully trained over 50 students in these courses.
Kai is originally from Germany but now calls Staples, MN his home. Please call him with any questions you might have about instruction.
Charles Scott: Certified Flight Instructor, Director of Charter Operations
Charles has been with Airmotive since 1994. Charles currently holds a Commercial Single Engine Land and Sea, Multiengine Land Instrument Airplane. He is also rated as a Flight Instructor, Instrument Instructor and Multiengine Instructor. In his time away from the airport he is a full time law enforcement officer. He also instructs aerobatic and tailwheel students in his 7KCAB Citabria.
Andy Dunlap: Aircraft Maintenance
Andy Dunlap is our “Airplane Faith Healer” at Airmotive. Andy has 20 years of experience here at Airmotive working on all types of aircraft from gliders to helicopters. Andy is a graduate of Winona Aviation University (1978). He is a licensed A&P rated with IA. Andy is here for all your maintenance needs. whether it be converting to floats/skis or a complete engine overhaul.
Duane J Vogt: Chief Pilot
Duane Vogt is one of our Charter Pilots at Airmotive. Duane started flying in 1981 with Airmotive Enterprises. He received his private through his Multi Engine Instructor with us. Duane Served in the U.S. Army from 1983 -1986 where he thereafter finished his ratings and worked as a captain of the metroliner for U.S. Air Express (Air Midwest) from 1989 – 1991. Duane has been the chief pilot at Airmotive for 13 years and has 15 years of 135 experience. Duane is a certified FAA examiner. He has a total of 14,000 hours 6500 of which are multi-engine.
Dave Ahlers: A&P
Dave joined Airmotive in 2002. He is a native of Brainerd and left his hometown long enough to complete his mechanical training. Dave is now involved in all aspects of aviation maintenance here at Airmotive. He is also a Student Pilot working towards his Private Pilot Certificate.