Landon Pierog plans to take his ‘baby,’ a Piper Comanche plane, on a trip to Kentucky next week. ALEX RICKERT/Keys Weekly

No matter how many individuals appear in the pages of each edition of Keys Weekly, there are always so many more of our community members who deserve to be recognized. In an effort to shine a spotlight on more of the incredible individuals who live and work in these islands, Keys Weekly is proud to spotlight our Neighbor of the Week feature, dedicated to celebrating a community member with each issue.

This week’s neighbor is a familiar face for Marathon’s aviation fanatics, as he works on the propeller plane side of Million Air at the city’s airport. A native of Islamorada and graduate of Coral Shores High School, Landon Pierog worked in the service industry throughout the Upper Keys and spent time in Costa Rica during the COVID-19 pandemic before returning to the states. Dubbed the “Sheldon Cooper of aircraft” by his coworkers, Pierog purchased his own plane and took a job with Million Air almost three years ago.

Line service technician, Million Air

What’s one thing that’s on a menu, but you will never try? Nothing. If I look at a menu and there’s an item I can’t pronounce or don’t know what it is, that’s what I’m going to order.

What is one thing that most people don’t know about you? Until I got this job at the airport, 95% of the people I knew didn’t know I’ve had my pilot’s license for over 12 years. I started flying when I was 15 and got my solo license at 16.

If there was one chore you could have taken away from you forever, what would it be? Dishes.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My father always told me “never stop learning,” but tying into that was, “If you’re gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough.”

What’s the weirdest app on my phone? Probably the fact that I DON’T have Instagram.

My significant other would say I am … Weird. (Editor’s note: We learned that his girlfriend Jessica works for Million Air as well, in the jet center.)

If you could be any character from a TV show or movie, who would it be? Beast Boy from “Teen Titans,” an old cartoon from my childhood.

If you could have lunch with anyone dead or alive, who would it be? Theodore Roosevelt.

What is one small thing you never want to live without? A pet.
Two truths and a lie. I never get seasick, I’ve been to more countries than U.S. states and my favorite animal is the fox.

Alex Rickert
Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.