Ken Reily

near Minneapolis, MN...

Primary: Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
Secondary: Contract Pilot
Total Time: 3,000

  • 612-840-8801

About Me

I am a CFI/CFII who earned my first pilot certificate in 1996 and has been flying ever since. In addition to nearly 25 years of flying experience, I am insurance-current as PIC in a Pilatus PC-12 NG and have over 2,000 hours in all models of PA46 (both piston and turbine). I specialize in transition training for technically-advanced aircraft. In addition to the PA46 line of aircraft, I am one of a small number of instructors worldwide who provide initial and transition training in the ICON A5 amphibious light sport.

I actively volunteer in aviation and have served on the board of Lifeline Pilots, a volunteer pilot organization, since 2012.

Additional Skills

Outside of aviation, I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science. I spent nearly 20 years in the software industry with companies such as Cargill, Microsoft, and 3M, where I managed research and development labs. I am listed as an author on numerous academic publications, as an inventor on several US patents, and have consulted as a subject matter expert for National Science Foundation (NSF) grants funding the development of advanced avionics.

I have taught computer science-related topics at the University of Minnesota nearly every semester since 1996, where I have earned numerous awards for teaching and service from undergraduate students, graduate students, and the school administration.


Flight Instructor
Airplane Single Engine
Airplane Multi Engine
Instrument Airplane

Flight Time

3,000 hours

Special Training

RVSM Certified, Atlantic Crossing/Ops

Aircraft Experience

Cirrus SR20/22
Piper Single Engine
Piper Meridian
Pilatus PC-12
Daily Rate: 500 - 800
Last Recurrent: 06/2020

Employment History

Twin Cities Malibu
Owner / Chief Pilot

Education History

University of Minnesota
Computer Science