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Mark Kono Biography and Wiki

Mark Kono is an American pilot/reporter in Sky5 on the KTLA Morning News. Mark is a professional helicopter pilot for over 25 years, his operational background includes electronic newsgathering (ENG), executive charter, aerial photography, production, offshore, and lifesaving medical flights.

His experience has taken him to various parts of the country, where he’s flown for several major media outlets including KSAZ-TV in Phoenix and KGO-TV in San Francisco, as well as KCBS-TV, KNBC-TV, KABC-TV, and KTTV-TV in Los Angeles. His work has been recently featured in various publications, including Heliweb Magazine, the Hot Rod Network, and Roadkill.

Mark Kono Age

Mark’s age, date of birth, and birthday are publicly not available. We will update this section once this information is available.

Mark Kono Height

Mark stands at an average height and has moderate weight. He appears to be quite tall in stature if his photos, relative to his surroundings, are anything to go by. However, details regarding his actual height and other body measurements are currently not publicly available. We are keeping tabs and will update this information once it is out.

Mark Kono Education

Mark began his flight training in a Robinson R22, learning to fly at Hiser Helicopters in Corona, California starting in 1988. Hiser was a company that was in its heyday in the ’80s and 90’s. Primarily training local and overseas pilots that were sent to the USA to obtain initial ratings in the R22 and then depending on the student, they would often complete a turbine transition course in either a Bell 206 or MD500 before heading back to Asia.

Mark Kono Family, Parents

Mark was born and raised by his parents in Hollywood. Our efforts to find out more about his family came to no avail as no such information is publicly available. Thus, the identity of Kono’s parents is still unclear. It is also not known if he has any siblings. We will update this section once this information is available.

Mark Kono Wife, Ginger Chan

Mark is married to fellow KTLA 5 Morning News anchor Ginger Chan. In July 2018, the KTLA couple rejoiced their anniversary. Fellow KTLA anchor/reporter Lynette Romero tweeted a short clip of their celebration and said that she loves the combo of the husband-and-wife power team of KTLA.

Their elder son, Ryder Kono exulted the moment of the birth of his twin siblings in May 2014. Devyn Doris Kono became an elder sister as she was born one minute earlier than Alyssa Rose Kono. Among the couple’s healthy twin daughters, Devyn weighed 5 pounds 9 ounces whereas her younger sister, Alyssa, weighed 5 pounds 8 ounces during their birth.

When the couple’s twins reached the age of three in May 2017, the proud mother Ginger took her Instagram and wished her adorable daughters ‘Happy Birthday.’ She shared a throwback picture where the siblings enjoyed the company of their elder brother Ryder.

Mark Kono Children

Chan and her husband Mark Kono have three children, a son, Ryder Kono, and twin daughters Devyn Doris Kono and Alyssa Rose Kono.

Mark Kono Salary

The average pilot/reporter annual salary is $96,960 but the range typically falls between $82,225 and $124,680. However, these figures may vary substantially according to the level of seniority of the employee in question. At the moment, we do not have the exact salary of Mark but we’ll keep tabs and update once it is available.

Mark Kono Net Worth

Mark’s net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $5 million dollars. This includes his assets, money and income. His primary source of income is his career as a Television Personality. Through his various sources of income, Mark has been able to accumulate a good fortune but prefers to lead a modest lifestyle.

Mark Kono Measurements and Facts

Here are some interesting facts and body measurements you should know about Mark Kono.

Mark Kono Bio and Wiki

Full Names: Mark Kono Popular As: Pilot/reporter Gender: Male Occupation / Profession: Pilot/reporter Nationality: American Race / Ethnicity: White Religion: Christianity Sexual Orientation: Straight

Mark Kono Birthday

Age / How Old?: To be updated Zodiac Sign: To be updated Date of Birth: To be updated Place of Birth: Hollywood Birthday: To be updated

Mark Kono Body Measurements

Body Measurements: To be updated Height / How Tall?: To be updated Weight: To be updated Eye Color: To be updated Hair Color: To be updated Shoe Size: To be updated

Mark Kono Family and Relationship

Father (Dad): To be updated Mother: To be updated Siblings (Brothers and Sisters): To be updated Marital Status: Married Husband/Spouse: Married to Ginger Chan Dating / Boyfriend: Not Applicable Children: Son (Ryder Kono) Daughter(s) (Devyn Doris Kono, Alyssa Rose Kono)

Mark Kono Networth and Salary

Net Worth: $1 million and $5 million Salary: About $96,960 Source of Income: Pilot/reporter

Mark Kono House and Cars

Place of living: Los Angeles, Ca. Cars: Car Brand to be Updated

Mark Kono Career

Starting out like so many before him, Kono began his flight training in a Robinson R22, learning to fly at Hiser Helicopters in Corona, California starting in 1988. Hiser was a company that was in its heyday in the 80’s and 90’s. Primarily training local and overseas pilots that were sent to the USA to obtain initial ratings in the R22 and then depending on the student, they would often complete a turbine transition course in either a Bell 206 or MD500 before heading back to Asia.


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However, after obtaining his private helicopter rating, Kono ran out of money. He was forced to put his flying on hold while he went back to non-flying roles to build up some more money to complete his ratings. His return to flight training to complete his commercial, CFI, and instrument ratings came in 1992 when he was able to resume with a now-defunct company based out of Long Beach Airport named “Everything Flyable.”

The company was started by a wealthy businessman who did his flight training at the same airport and saw several gaps in the training given and once complete, decided that he was going to open up a company that had the newest aircraft, an incredible team of instructors and the best facilities.

According to Kono, this strategy was right on the money. However, with a lot riding on aircraft investments, facilities, payroll, and a slight downturn in student enrollment, the company only lasted five years in operation.

By the time Everything Flyable closed, Kono had obtained the remaining ratings he needed and being hired soon after graduating as a CFI. While acquiring more flight hours, an opportunity presented itself at Helinet Aviation in the early 90s for a “loader” position.

The job required flights on bank run that performed by helicopter from airports and off-site locations in Van Nuys, Fullerton, John Wayne, El Monte, and others. The helicopter would then circle back to Downtown LA, landing on the rooftops of banks delivering the days’ checks for processing.

Kono’s job was to load the bags in and out of the helicopter at each location. The way it worked with Helinet in those days before the current ownership took over at Helinet, explains Kono “all the loaders were pilots, and we were all working mainly in a ground crew role, but the benefit was, that you were getting turbine time.”

During the runs where the helicopter was empty, Kono and others like him were able to log turbine hours slowly, sometimes in increments as small as .2 or .3 at a time. The process seemed tedious, but eventually, all added up, and pilots for the bank run duty became the next PIC candidates, selected from the pool of pilots based on their skill and experience.

Kono explains, at that time, it was a difficult time to secure full-time pilot positions. Vietnam-era helicopter pilots still occupied many flying positions. For example, back then, pilots with 2000 Robinson hours were still having difficulty walking into a turbine positions they would quite easily be able to obtain in today’s world in the Grand Canyon or Alaska where employer’s put you through a turbine transition.  Kono took his second hiatus from a flying role to pursue ground-based employment that paid more. It would not be until shortly after 9/11 that Kono would return to flying full time.

His eventual return to flying required a move to Louisiana, taking him into oil and gas work, flying for Tex-Air Helicopters. The company was a family-owned business that serviced the oil and gas industry (before being run primarily by the two major oil and gas players in the area today, PHI and Era).

Era would eventually buy out Tex-Air and take over their fleet after Kono’s departure. During his time flying in the Gulf, Kono flew many different airframes that included the EC120, AS30, AS355, and even the first Agusta Westland A119 in the Gulf of Mexico, of which, Tex-Air was the first recipient. The company also operated the first generation of the EC225 for larger transports into the oil fields. Kono stayed in the Gulf for a year and a half, amassing a significant amount of hours and experience before finally returning to Los Angeles for good.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mark Kono

Who is Mark Kono?

Kono is an American pilot/reporter in Sky5 on the KTLA Morning News. Mark is a professional helicopter pilot for over 25 years, his operational background includes electronic newsgathering (ENG), executive charter, aerial photography, production, offshore, and lifesaving medical flights.

How old is Mark Kono?

Mark was born in (Hollywood, USA), he has not shared his date of birth with the public, as it is not documented anywhere as of 2020.

How tall is Mark Kono?

Mark stands at an average height, he has not shared his height with the public. His height will be listed once we have it from a credible source.

Is Mark Kono married?

Yes, he is married to fellow KTLA 5 Morning News anchor Ginger Chan. Together they have two children. The couple resides in Los Angeles together with their children.

How much is Mark Kono worth?

Mark has an approximate net worth that rangs between $1 million and $5 million. This amount has been accrued from his leading roles in the journalism industry.

How much does Mark Kono make?

The average pilot/reporter annual salary is $96,960 but the range typically falls between $82,225 and $124,680. However, these figures may vary substantially according to the level of seniority of the employee in question. At the moment, we do not have the exact salary of Mark but we’ll keep tabs and update once it is available.

Where does Mark Kono live?

She is a resident of Los Angeles, Ca USA, we shall upload pictures of her house as soon as we have them.

Is Mark Kono dead or alive?

Mark is alive and in good health. There have been no reports of him being sick or having any health-related issues.

Where is Mark Kono Now?

Mark is pursuing her career in journalism. She is working as a pilot/reporter in Sky5 on the KTLA Morning News.

Mark Kono Social Media Contacts

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