Meet Our Staff

Ponderosa Aero Club staff are dedicated to making our members flying safe, convenient, fun, and affordable. We are here to assist members whether it be helping with scheduling aircraft and/or instructors, billing questions, or just hanging out for a bit of hangar flying; the staff is here for you.

David Keil // General Manager

David has been a member of Ponderosa Aero Club since 2005, the year he obtained his private pilot certificate. Having grown up riding in Cessna 182's that his mother and father flew over the wheat fields of Montana, David "got the bug" and "had his head in the clouds" from an early age. Fortunately, David's engineering career provided him with the opportunity to fly to remote locations in the western United States, serving such clients as the National Park Service and AB-InBev. Excited about cross-country business flying, he owned a couple of airplanes in the Club over the years. His favorite type of flying, however, is the Idaho backcountry. When not at the Club generally managing General Manager things, he is taking care of his family, flying, planning his next ski day, working on a side project, or other strategery.

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Jenna Whalen // Operations Coordinator

Jenna joined Ponderosa Aero Club summer of 2019 to obtain her private pilots certificate. She is currently starting her last year of college and will be receiving a Bachelors in Aeronautical Science and a minor in Cyber Security. Jenna's plan is to build hours and one day make a career out of flying. When Jenna isn't out flying she is spending time hunting, hiking and skiing.

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Brandon Watts // Ramp and Office Assistant

Brandon began his journey in aviation February 2018 and recently obtained his private pilot certificate. Flying seemed so out of reach, so he decided to go on a Discovery Flight to learn more about his options. He was immediately hooked with the aviation bug and is now hoping to make a career out of flying in a few years. Besides flying, he enjoys spending time hunting, fishing, and riding ATVs.

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