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

Dale is honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Chief Flight Instructor for Ponderosa Aero Club. He became a club member in 2012 and earned his Instrument rating and Commercial certificate through the club while finding time to do a little bit of backcountry flying.
He come back to Ponderosa after gaining experience from instructing at two other 141 aviation schools along with a side job as captain of the venerable CRJ for SkyWest airlines.
Dale says he's thankful that he get to share and spread his love for general aviation, not only to serve students, but instructors and aircraft renters as well.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to him. He'll always be happy to fly, or figure out new ways to make the club better and better!

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Total Flight Hours:
Certifications:
  • CFI - Certified Flight Instructor
  • CFII - Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument
  • ATP - Airline Transport Pilot

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.

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Total Flight Hours: 6,300
Certifications:
  • CFI - Certified Flight Instructor
  • CFII - Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument
  • MEI - Multi Engine Instructor
  • ATP - Airline Transport Pilot

$59/hr all instruction

Steve Bower // Certified 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.

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Total Flight Hours: 7,900
Certifications:
  • CFI - Certified Flight Instructor
  • CFII - Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument
  • ATP - Airline Transport Pilot

$54/hr for all instruction

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!

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Total Flight Hours:
Certifications:
  • CFI - Certified Flight Instructor
  • CFII - Certified Flight Instrument Instructor
  • AGI - Advanced Ground & Instrument Instructor
  • ATP - Airline Transport Pilot

$59/hr primary and advanced instruction

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.

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Total Flight Hours: 3,000
Certifications:
  • CFI - Certified Flight Instructor
  • CFII - Certified Flight Instrument Instructor
  • AGI - Advanced Ground Instructor
  • IGI - Instrument Ground Instructor

$54/hr primary and advanced instruction, $69 multi/back country instruction

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.”

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Total Flight Hours:
Certifications:
  • CFI - Certified Flight Instructor

$49/hr primary instruction, $49/hr advanced (commercial)

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.



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Total Flight Hours: 4,000
Certifications:
  • CFI - Certified Flight Instructor
  • CFII - Certified Flight Instrument Instructor
  • MEI - Multi-engine Instructor
  • ATP - Airline Transport Pilot

$54/hr primary instruction

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.

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Certifications:
  • CFI - Certified Flight Instructor

$49/hr primary or commercial instruction

Mackey Migel // Certified Flight Instructor

Mackey Migel comes from 'Back East'... Idaho Falls! He got the flying bug at age 7 and knew he HAD to become a pilot. He did just that and the flight instructor certification followed soon after that. His first job in aviation was as a teenage instructor in Pocatello. Mackey has over 1,600+ hours flying time and all but 300 of those has been teaching his clients how to fly. "I'm a career instructor", he says. From teaching zero time to commercial~instrument pilots, Mackey has had a lot of success helping people achieve their aviation goals, and having fun as well. "You've got to have focus on your time & commitment with finances set aside... all three, to accomplish something so great as becoming a pilot"; quips 'Mac'.... "And be humble."

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Total Flight Hours: 1,600
Certifications:
  • CFI - Certified Flight Instructor
  • CFII - Certified Flight Instrument Instructor

$59/hr all instruction

James Patterson // Certified Flight Instructor

James Patterson admits to growing up and living all over, but made Idaho his home 20 years ago after being introduced to the beauty and challenge of flying in the Idaho backcountry - a discovery he admits owing to good friends that exposed him at just the right time. Since then he has considered it a privilege to share both flying and the backcountry with many friends - even native Idahoans - that had never experienced the excitement of flying in the Idaho mountains. When not flying, James indulges his little rescue puppy, Charlie - a "chiapoo," and enjoys pursuing other interests including electric guitar, motorcycle touring, and road cycling.

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Total Flight Hours: 1,700
Certifications:
  • CFI - Certified Flight Instructor
  • CFII - Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument
idahopilot@gmail.com
$59/hr primary and advanced instruction

Sharki Kontra // Advanced Ground Instructor

Sharki Kontra earned most of her ratings and certificates at Ponderosa Aero Club beginning April 2011. She is offering Ground School Instruction at Ponderosa to supplement members' education and training provided by the Club's certified flight instructors. Her experience includes an instrument rating, commercial multi-engine land, commercial single-engine land and single-engine seaplane certificates, tailwheel, complex, high performance and high altitude endorsements. Sharki is always improving her backcountry skills, attends most local safety seminars and is a FAASTeam Wings Representative. Sharki also provides accounting services for Ponderosa, assists the General Manager and line staff, and coordinates some of the club’s events and social activities. In addition to her work at Ponderosa, Sharki flies PC-12s and a BeechJet 400A Nextant on a part time basis. Throughout her aviation career, Sharki has shared her passion by volunteering and working with various aviation organizations, such as ATC, the 99s, STEM programs, Wish Granters and Angel Flight West.

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Total Flight Hours: 1,300
Certifications:
  • AGI - Advanced Ground Instructor
acesharki@gmail.com
$49/hr ground instruction only