Each year during the club’s annual meeting a slate of members are elected by the general membership to act as Director’s. Ponderosa Aero Club is fortunate to have dedicated members that take the time from their personal schedules to oversee the general operations and address the many unseen challenges that come with keeping a successful operation the caliber of PAC going.
Brett began flying in the summer of 2009 at a small FBO located 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.
I become a Ponderosa Aero Club board member to help build upon the success of the Club and its members. Ponderosa Aero Club is a great place to experience flying because of an atmosphere that encourages continued learning with a fun and safe approach. I have been a member for four years. I have enjoyed the support and camaraderie of the management team and club members while earning my private pilot certificate and participating in many club activities.
My work experience includes 25 years with Hewlett Packard. I managed spending for an operations team of 2,000 people in over 50 countries. Currently I work with a sales team negotiating print services contracts. I founded and managed the Kuna Farmers Market. I managed our family dairy before obtaining Accounting and MBA degrees from BSU.
I volunteer at aviation events including Fly It Forward, The Art and Science of Flying, BSU STEM Day, and Ponderosa’s Annual Warm Springs airstrip maintenance. I am also involved in the 99s organization of women pilots and the Idaho Aviation Association.
My husband Bill and I own a Cessna 185. We enjoy flying to the Idaho backcountry and visiting family in Moscow, Portland, Seattle, Denver, and as far away as Traverse City, Michigan.
My mom (who is 95 years old this year) tells me I’ve loved airplanes since I was 2 years old. I would take the clothespins she gave me to play with and make them into little airplanes that I would zoom around the playpen. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I started flying gliders in 1980 in Warrenton, VA. After a brief flying hiatus, I got my private glider certificate and later worked weekends as a commercial pilot and CFI-G at the Plymouth, MA airport during the 80’s and 90’s. After getting married and moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1994, I got my SEL certificate flying Cessnas out of Sky Harbor. I raced gliders cross country from the Sonoran Desert all the way up to the Grand Canyon, and I was President of the Arizona Soaring Association for a while. My wife and I (now with three kids) moved to Australia in 2009 where I flew LSAs and ultralights, and also served as the Vice President of the South Coast Recreational Flying Club based at Jasper’s Brush, NSW. We moved here to Boise last year, in part because I’m really interested in back-country bush flying. Somewhere out there is a Husky with my name on it!
Personally, Kiry and I have been married for 25 years this year, and have three children. Molly and Scott are attending the University of Wollongong in Australia, and my youngest, Ryan, is a junior here at Boise High School. Molly has her Australian LSA license.
Professionally, I’m a software guy specializing in network security, identity, and access control. I’ve been involved with small software startups most of my career, and I’m currently the Chief Technology Officer for an Australian software company based in Melbourne. If I’m not working out of my home office, I’m usually travelling somewhere.
After five years in the Marine Corps, working as a Aviation Electrician on the EA-6B Prowler, Nick decided it was time to learn to fly. In 2013 he earned his Private Pilot's license and has continued his training in Idaho's backcountry as well as working towards his Instrument rating.
In addition to a love of flying, Nick is passionate about business. He owns and operates Port One Five, a web development company based in downtown Boise.
Reed Disney joined Ponderosa Aero Club in 1999 to learn to fly. Balancing work, family, and training he took his time and earned his PPL in July of 2001 in Cessna 28G, and has been an active member ever since. He has endorsements for high performance and complex retractable and currently enjoys flying the Arrows. Reed has over 15 years of experience in the business of operating critical IT infrastructure, networking, and Internet services to clients in the US and internationally. Reed offers significant business experience with fiduciary responsibility, team leadership, and a passion for aviation. As a Ponderosa Board Member Reed's goal is to keep the club thriving with leadership that brings great pilots together with well-maintained airplanes.Read More
Tom Mahoney has been a Ponderosa Aero Club member for over 15 years and served on our board for several of those years. Tom was such an asset to Ponderosa Aero Club and the board that he was asked by his peers to come back and serve on the board again.
Tom is a CFII and is rated in single engine aircraft, multi-engine aircraft, and gliders. He was a part owner of our club’s previous Cessna 182 N3549Y and is a proficient Cessna 172 tailwheel pilot (aka Frankenhawk), which he flies in the Idaho Backcountry often. A retired USAF Weapon Systems Officer, Tom enjoys the reward of raising his two boys with his physician wife, Valerie and working with a venture capital group.