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 // Chief 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 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.
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.
Brett Boesiger // Instructor
Brett began flying in the summer of 2009 at a small FBO located in the great flying community of Minot, North Dakota. Some years later he attained his instrument rating, commercial, certified flight instructor, and multi-engine instructor certificates. In 2015, Brett began his commercial pilot career as a flight instructor and aerial pipeline inspector out in the oil fields of North Dakota. Brett is originally from Idaho, his family resides in Boise, so he was thrilled at the opportunity to begin flight instructing at Ponderosa Aero Club, and get back to his roots. Brett was even more excited to be presented with the offer to become the General Manager. He loves aviation and is excited to serve the club and its many members. Brett prefers instructing, so he has promoted himself to a full time instructor.Read More
Justin Perkins // Flight Instructor
Justin Perkins is a familiar face around Ponderosa Aero Club, and one of its many success stories. He started his training at the club in 2010 to fulfill his lifelong dream to fly airplanes. Like many of us, a dream that has lasted for as long as he can remember. He received his private license in 2011 and immediately wanted more. He went on to receive his instrument rating and commercial multi-engine and single-engine certificates, all at Ponderosa Aero Club. In order to pay for his training, he spent his summers through high school and college working on a commercial fishing boat in Alaska. Earlier in 2016, he graduated from Boise State University with a BA in General Business, and in November that same year he became Ponderosa’s newest and youngest Certified Flight Instructor. Eventually he will go to the airlines, as we have seen many a flight instructor do over the years, but until then he will continue to dedicate his time and passion to the club. If you see him, say hello, and if you need some instruction, feel free to give him a call!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 ratings 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
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 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.
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!
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.