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.”.
Dale Spindler // Chief Flight Instructor
I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Chief Flight Instructor for Ponderosa Aero Club. I became a club member in 2012 and earned my Instrument rating and Commercial certificate through the club while finding time to do a little bit of backcountry flying.
I come back to Ponderosa after gaining experience from instructing at two other 141 aviation schools and my side job as captain of the venerable CRJ for SkyWest airlines.
I'm thankful that I get to share and spread my love for general aviation, not only to serve students, but instructors and aircraft renters as well.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I'll always be happy to fly, or figure out new ways to make the club better and better!
Steve Bower // Assistant Chief Flight Instructor
Steve Bower has provided more than 3500 hours of flight instruction to members of Ponderosa Aero Club since 1989. He delights in helping people reach their flying goals and seeing them continue to enjoy safe and fun flying for many years.
After seven years as a charter pilot for one local aviation business and about two years as director of operations for another, he briefly tried retirement in 2014, but has returned to share his love of flying and encourage the next generation of pilots in 2017, at least part time.
Adam Troutman // Certified 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 instrument 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. Adam now flies for SkyWest airlines, and instructs at Ponderosa part time.
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 and how many hours they possess. Through discipline and passion we better ourselves and can become the best pilots we can be!
Tom Mahoney // Certified Flight Instructor
Tom Mahoney started flying gliders at the Air Force Academy at age 18. While flying as a Weapon Systems Officer in the Air Force, Tom worked on his civilian pilot ratings. He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School and flew developmental test on F-111, EF-111, F-16, and F-15E aircraft. Tom has participated in the Ponderosa Aero Club for 17 years as a backcountry pilot, CFII, aircraft owner, and board member. He has 3,000 hours of combined civilian and military flight time. He is a part-time flight instructor helping out when needed to make Ponderosa Aero Club the best flight club in Idaho.Read More
Glenn Hollreiser // Certified Flight Instructor
Glenn Hollreiser came to Idaho about 5 years ago to work the F-15 Radar Modernizing Program with Boeing. Working out of Mountain Home at the Air Force base the team modified all the aircraft on the base and several others from around the country. While working on the F-15 project, he continued his flight training eventually getting his instrument rating, commercial, and CFI. It was hard having to commute, work, study, and fly. It did take longer than I had planned, a lot longer. However, sticking to it, maintaining a positive attitude, and always looking forward to the completion of the plan made the ratings achievable. Glenn encourage all to always maintain a positive attitude and stick to their goals. As long as you do, you will eventually have success. Glenn has flown from Japan to Idaho and is currently working on an RV-4 project. “I believe that family and friends are important and that it is our job to help them whenever possible. Therefore, as a CFI, it is my job to help you achieve your goals.”Read More
Michael Barnard // Certified 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. He currently flys for Delta Airlines.
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.
Brian Gaines // Certified Flight Instructor
Brian Gaines started flying at age 15 in Apple Valley, California, slowly making his way to becoming a flight instructor. Fast forward 30 years, he has a CFI, CFII, and MEI rating as a Gold Seal instructor for 20 of those years, with commercial flight experience as PC12, DHC-6, and BE1900 Captain, as well as B-737 and B-767 night cargo experience. With just over 6,700 hours of flight experience in over 50 different types of aircraft, former Aviation Safety Counselor at the Long Beach California FSDO, NTSB intern, and former Chief Pilot for The University of Hawaii Pacific Aerospace Training Center, Brian brings a well rounded contribution to Ponderosa.Read More
Noah Goeddertz // Certified Flight Instructor
Noah began his flying career March of 2012 in the frigid tundra of North Dakota, where he was given a free introduction flight courtesy of his Aviation 2 program in high school. He didn't fly much after that until his senior year of high school when he was awarded the North Dakota Pilot's Association flight training scholarship. He then went on to earn his private pilots license at Bismarck Aero Center in North Dakota, two weeks before his high school graduation. After graduation Noah moved to Boise, ID, to continue his flight instruction and went on to earn his instrument rating, commercial single engine, and CFI with Rick Reierson all at Ponderosa Aero Club. Noah has a tailwheel endorsement that he wishes he could use more. The club's tailwheel got sold shortly after he earned his endorsement, and Ponderosa is anxiously awaiting a replacement! Noah holds the FAA Master WINGS Pilot Proficiency Award.Read More
Mackey Migel // Certified Flight Instructor
When I was only 7 my father would charter a pilot and airplane to fly to out-lying towns to do surgery when his patients were unable to get to him in Idaho Falls. Well, it didn't cost any more to take his sons along with him! I would get a chance to sit in the right seat and the pilot would let me fly! Ever since then I've loved the sky! I became a flight instructor at age 19 and have about a 1000 hours sharing the love of flying with others. I joined Ponderosa in the fall to re-instate as a flight instructor.Read More