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About Drew Kemp
Drew Kemp is a pilot and flight instructor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born and raised in Berkeley, he cajoled his way into a job at the Oakland Airport and started flying at age 15 in the Champion Citabria. He soloed at 16, and then perfected a 10-element aerobatic routine, which he demonstrated for the DPE on his Private checkride. Two weeks after receiving his Private, he and his 19-year old friend ferried a new 7ACA Champ from Wisconsin back to OAK via the southern route through El Paso and the desert southwest. Drew is now on his fourth career as a Cessna 421 Captain. He was previously a roadie for some major rock & roll bands back in the ‘70s, then had a 30-year career in engineering at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Drew recently served a two year sentence in Part 135 Prison, flying CJ2, CJ3, and PC-12. In April, 2021, he led a mass escape of more than half the inmates at that particular institution, which shall remain nameless. You can usually find him at OAK enjoying a free FBO cappuccino, if he’s not up torturing some poor, unsuspecting pilot. Drew is also on the Board of Directors of KidsCareEverywhere, and travels to developing countries, teaching the DynaMed Clinical Decision Support Mobile Application to doctors.
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