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.

Cam Echanis

In June 2011, my girlfriend gave me a Discovery Flight for my birthday. Jokingly she wrote on my birthday card “now we can fly to McCall…” Up to that date, I never considered flying and only been in private single engine planes a handful of times. On February 12th of 2012, I took my Discovery Flight with Dave Moler and that was it, I was hooked. After the flight and debrief was complete, Dave asked me how I liked it and all I could say is “where do I sign?” A year later, I had my private pilot license.
This is one of the most exciting things I have ever done and enjoy continuing education and camaraderie of aviation. Flying has taken the place of some of the exciting things I did in my younger days, great to have a passion.
From the time of my Discovery Flight, my experience with Ponderosa Aero Club has been outstanding. My hope is that this club continues to provide great experiences for novice aviators as well as the experienced pilots. I feel compelled and obligated to continue the great experiences I have had with PAC and my aviation opportunities.
I own N4427R and N4312R and was on the board from 2013-2017.

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Chellie Terry

I joined Ponderosa Aero Club last spring, earning my PPL on October 3, 2018 with the help of instructor Rick Reirson. In my family's Citabria, I earned a tailwheel endorsement in March 2019. I come from a family of pilots and feel so honored and humbled to join them in the aviation realm. My husband and I have 2 children, age 7 and 9. I am a physical therapist, working at Saint Alphonsus. As a physical therapist, I am constantly solving problems, educating, giving constructive feedback and working as a member of an interdisciplinary team for the best interest of the patient. I am ready to use these skills to become a productive member of the PAC board and assist in achieving a positive, dynamic club environment. Because of my new membership, I bring a fresh, outside perspective to the board. I came to the club as a student pilot seeking instruction and am now an active member - two distinct areas that I can share experience and weigh in on. As I approach my one year anniversary as a member, I would like to give back to the club that helped me accomplish my dream. Volunteering for the board is a perfect start.

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David Keil

David has been a member of Ponderosa Aero Club since 2005, the year he obtained his private pilot certificate. He owned a Diamond DA-20 for a few years and is the current owner of the club's well-equipped cross-country/back-country wagon, our beloved Cessna 182 N759ZU. David's non-profit board experience includes the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA), his local church vestry, and the One4All Charitable Fund. He has served on the PNCWA board since 2012, including a role as Association President in 2017-2018, and will be retiring from the PNCWA board this fall. He spends the balance of his time flying, skiing, taking care of his family, and pursuing his various entrepreneurial endeavors, including EntryG8.com, which launched in 2018 as an online marketplace for outdoor recreation access to private land. He continues to consult on part-time water resource civil engineering projects as he also works on developing another yet-to-be-launched online marketplace. David values Ponderosa instructors' experience, the flying club's camaraderie, the importance of sharpening his and other pilots' skills, and the role each of us have as aviation ambassadors. He looks forward to returning to the Idaho backcountry in 2019 and to hanging out more with other like-minded club members!

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Gil Kirkpatrick

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. Personally, Kiry and I have been married for 27 years, and have three children. Molly and Scott are attending the University of Wollongong in Australia, and my youngest, Ryan, is attending the University of Idaho up in Moscow. Professionally, I’m an executive for a small software company based in Australia specializing in network security, identity, and access control. I've served on the PAC Board for the last two years and have developed a good working relationship with Janna and the other Board members. We've had good success getting our financial and administrative house in order and can now look to the longer-term health and growth of the club. My two main areas of interest are to 1) increase the amount of social flying we do (as distinct from training flights), particularly to back country or near-back country strips, and 2) to increase the selection of aircraft we have available to club members.

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Nick Hough

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. Professionally, Nick owns and operates several small businesses and currently spends most of his time doing freelance software development. He has served on the Ponderosa Aero Club board for 4 of the last 5 years and hopes to continue to be a valuable asset for the Club.

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Reed Disney

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 been on the Board, serving as Chairman for the last two years and hopes to continue serving. He has also served as a Trustee of the Idaho Technology Council, and NSPro, Inc. an Idaho technology holding company. Reed is a VFR Pilot with endorsements for high performance and complex retractable and currently enjoys flying the Arrows. He has 19 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 amazing instruction, safety, and well-maintained airplanes.

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