Paraphrasing an old aviation adage “…. if you find yourself flying along and encountering a situation that you are not able to deal with – maybe you had inadequate instruction.“
Ponderosa Aero Club certified flight instructors (CFI’s) will provide you with personal one-on-one training that instills confidence and the skill set to safely operate your aircraft. But, never forget another sage piece of aviation wisdom — “Your private pilot license is just a license to learn.”.
Rick Reierson // Senior Flight Instructor
Rick Reierson is a full-time flight instructor who has been instructing since 1977 and has provided over 10,000 hours of various types of flight instruction and 17,000 hours of ground school instruction.
He is an FAA designated Gold Seal Flight Instructor and has earned the FAA Master WINGS Pilot Proficiency Award. Rick is also a member of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
Rick has been a flight instructor with Ponderosa Aero Club since 1984 and is our most senior instructor.
Rick’s focuses on training Private, Instrument, Commercial, CFI and CFII students, single & multi-engine, as well as instrument proficiency checks, flight reviews, aircraft make and model checkouts, and tail wheel training. Additionally, Rick has an intense appreciation for mountain/backcountry flying—he has flown and instructed in Idaho backcountry airstrips for over 30 years.
Over the past 38+ years, Rick has instructed in a wide variety of aircraft and enjoys the many different ages and personalities of students he has the opportunity to instruct. Rick looks forward to sharing his love of flying and teaching every newcomer to be a safe, solid and fully trained new pilot.
Adam Troutman // Flight Instructor
After fifteen years of playing music professionally in the Treasure Valley Adam realized deep down he had other things he wished to achieve and dreams to live. For his birthday, a loved one purchased Adam a Discovery Flight with Ponderosa Aero Club. That 60 minute flight was a watershed moment in his life.
Shortly, after the Discovery Flight Adam was in the left seat learning to fly. Upon obtaining his Private license the next several months were spent flying all over the western US gaining invaluable experience and racking up the hours. Then it was time to add an IFR rating to his certificate. Now the fire was really burning. Shortly after the IFR upgrade Adam went on to add Commercial, CFI, CFII and Commercial Multi-Engine ratings. Eventually, after some more IFR experience flying King Air 90s for a local cloud seeding operation, an opportunity came up in sunny San Diego, California. Adam packed his life in his car and moved to SoCal and commenced teaching others how to fly. Fortunately, for Ponderosa circumstances brought him back home to Boise where he joined the PAC instructor staff - back to his roots.
As jovial and relaxed as Adam is in person, there is a lion of a goal setter underneath. Adam hopes to pass on both his love of aviation and the discipline it takes to do it safely to all his students, no matter what level they are at and how many hours they possess. Through discipline and passion we better ourselves and can become the best pilots we can be!
Aaron Hassemer // Flight Instructor
Aaron Hassemer, CFII is originally from Wisconsin where he earned his private pilot license while still in high school. After graduating high school, he joined the Air Force and worked on F-16 avionics systems, which brought him to Idaho in 2000. Aaron has owned or co-owned a Kitfox 6, Cessnas 177, 182 and 206. His love for aviation has led him to earning his A&P license, Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor ratings and has become a CFII in both airplanes and helicopters. Recently he has been providing backcountry and tailwheel flight instruction to pilots from all over the world. In addition to flight instruction, he volunteers with the Idaho Aviation Association helping maintain backcountry airstrips. He looks forward to using his 20+ years of aviation experience in providing primary and advanced flight instruction to Ponderosa members.Read More
Jamie Boesiger // Flight Instructor
Jamie Boesiger, CFII is a third generation pilot who grew up flying the Idaho skies with her Dad however she didn’t earn her ticket until 2001. Her love of aviation grew while earning her private and instrument rating over the Outer Banks of North Carolina while working as an engineer. After returning home she honed her skills in the backcountry and recently signed on as a backcountry charter pilot for SP Aircraft. Jamie has over 1000 hours flying single engine aircraft and loves to instill her passion for aviation in her students. Jamie is the proud owner of a Cessna 206.Read More
Phil Bates // Flight Instructor
My Father was in the Idaho Air National Guard, so airplanes were a way of life in my household. At age 8, I took flight for the first time in an experimental BD-4 and from that moment on, I knew I wanted to be a pilot. Over the years, I built flight simulators for recreational and educational purposes; finally leading to formal flight training in 2008 at Ponderosa in the DA-20. Since then, I have earned the ratings of Instrument, Multi/Single Commercials, CFI, and MEI, enjoying every part of the process. I have flown many types of Cessna, Piper, Cirrus, Columbia, Kitfox, RV, single and multiengine aircraft. Continuing education and flight safety are very important to me, driving me to love instructing. I also support and participate in the IAA, AOPA, and the Civil Air Patrol. Flying is my passion. I’m always looking forward to the next opportunity to defy gravity.
So it is after 15 years of working on the A-10 aircraft at the Air National Guard as a welder/machinist, I am transitioning to a traditional guardsman and will continue serving my country until my retirement. This gives me the opportunity to dedicate my full-time efforts to flight instruction.
As an Idaho native some of my best memories include flying the skies of the Idaho backcountry with my wife and daughter. I look forward to helping others experience Idaho's beauty from the sky.
Michael Barnard // Flight Instructor
Michael comes to us from Jacksonville, Florida. He was introduced to aviation through family and friends eventually earning his private pilot license in 2009. Michael graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a degree in aeronautical science. During his time at Embry-Riddle he gained invaluable experience while flight instructing for 30 months. Upon graduation he secured a First Officer position job with Horizon Airlines based in Boise and currently flies the Dash 8 - Q400.
Since arriving in Boise in 2014 Michael has been discovering the abundant opportunities Boise has to offer for outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, camping and dirt biking.
William Foote // Chief Flight Instructor
William joined Ponderosa in 2004 to earn a private license. Three years later he found himself instructing for the club. From 2011 to 2016 he was the club’s General Manager. William is a Certified Gold Seal Flight Instructor with Instrument Airplane (CFII), Airplane Single Engine Land (ASEL) and Sea (ASES), Airplane Multi Engine Land and Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI) Certificates. He has over 4500 hours of flight experience with 2000 hours of dual given, is a designated FAA Pilot Safety Counselor, and is Chief Pilot and Instructor and for a local Part 135 air charter company. William restored and owns a 1946 Taylorcraft BC12-D. During his free time, when he can find it, flying the Idaho backcountry is where he will be.Read More