Harry Thomas Griffing, Jr. (Tom) - Owner, President, Director of Operations


Tom was born in 1946 to Harry and Sue Griffing, founders of Griffing Flying Service. At age 18 he began his career as a pilot with the company and has been continuously serving since (over 50 years). In 1978 Tom met Kelly (Palmer) and fell so quickly they married three months later. Tom and Kelly have three adult children; Aubrey, Thomas, and Lee. In the early 90s Tom assumed ownership of the company, and has successfully ran the business with the help of his sister, Melodie, who retired in 2006, his wife Kelly and their children.

Kelly Griffing - Treasurer


Kelly was born and raised in Bowling Green, OH, along with her five siblings.

She married Tom Griffing in 1978, and they have three adult children - Aubrey, Thomas and Lee. She performed in a variety of capacities during her career at Griffing Flying Service, primarily in the Accounting and Dispatch Departments. In addition, Kelly has served as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Sociology at Lourdes University and Professional Skills Institute in Toledo, OH. She and Tom currently reside in Port Clinton, OH.  Kelly retired in Fall of 2017, but retains her position on the Board of Directors.

Aubrey Griffing Chandler - Secretary


Aubrey was born in 1979 in Sandusky, OH, to Tom and Kelly Griffing and has two  younger brothers, Thomas and Lee. She is a 1998 graduate of Perkins High School, and has worked for Griffing Flying Service since 1995, beginning in the restaurant at the Sandusky Airport, followed by the Accounting Department, now primarily in the Dispatch Department.  She also earned a Cosmetology License from the Tiffin Academy of Hair Design, and worked in area salons on a part time basis for many years.  She and her husband Bart currently reside in Huron, OH.

Harry Thomas Griffing, III (Thomas) - Vice President, Chief Pilot


Thomas was born in 1982 in Sandusky, Ohio. In 1996 Thomas began working as a line service technician for Griffing Flying Service; and between 1998 and 2001 he earned his Private, Commercial, Instrument, Multi-Engine, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), CFII, and Multi-Engine Instructor ratings. In 2002 Thomas began his career as a full time Line Pilot and shortly after became the Chief Pilot, and has assisted his father in managing the company since.  He, along with his wife Kaitlin and son Harry IV,  currently reside in Sandusky, Ohio.

Todd Mather - Director of Maintenance



Josh Ontko - Maintenance Technician



Bill Hodgkinson - Maintenance Technician



Josh McGinnis - Pilot


Josh was born in 1991 in Grove City, Ohio where he grew up. Josh has been around aviation since a very young age, his gradfather owned and operated a banner towing company. He began formal flight training in 2010 while attending BGSU's Flight School. In 2012 Josh met his now fiancee Rachel while they both worked at Cedar Point Amusement Park, and they currently reside in Perrysburg, Ohio. After graduating in 2014 Josh began working as a Fight Instructor for Griffing Flying Service, and now serves as an instructor and Line Pilot.

Bob Ganley - Pilot



Ernie Owen - Driver




Our office is located at the

Erie-Ottawa International Airport

3255 E. State Road, Port Clinton, OH 43452


Lake Erie Islands Reservation Hours:

Daily: 8:00am - 5:30pm

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