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OUR TEAM

Catherine Weber, Owner/Operator

Timothy St. Claire, Director of Operations

Alisha Sweeney, Director of Sales and Marketing

Mad Peters, Accountant

Kayla DeRuyter, Student Billing and DOT Manager

Nicole Huntington, Director of Admissions

Mollie O'Marah, Admin Assistant

Josh Slowik, Chief Fixed Wing Instructor

Kalan Jones, Chief Helicopter Instructor

Jason Spickelmire, Assistant Chief Helicopter Instructor

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ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

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CATHERINE WEBER

Catherine is the owner and operator of Silverhawk. She was born and raised in Cottonwood, Idaho, and lived in a few different states before calling the Treasure Valley home. Catherine and her former partner founded the company in 1998 and, although she is in the office nearly daily, she has many hobbies. She and her husband Nick have horses, chickens, dogs, cats, four children, and four grandkids. They are very involved in their community and church... needless to say, she is busy!

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ALISHA SWEENEY

Alisha has been with Silverhawk since 2015; she was the Director of Student Services and is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing. She attended three universities, Seattle Pacific, Arizona State, and the University of Idaho, where she received her BS in Advertising and Business. Outside of work, you can find Alisha exploring Idaho, camera in hand, or planning her next big trip. She hopes to visit 40 countries before the age of 40!  

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TIMOTHY ST. CLAIRE

Timothy is Silverhawk's Director of Operations. He grew up in Fairbanks, AK, working on bush planes and running a shop for his previous company managing Cessna 208B Caravans and some assorted piston aircraft. Timothy is currently studying for his Master's in Business Administration and enjoys helping Silverhawk's various departments meet their goals. Solving problems and keeping things running is his passion! Fun fact, he is currently serving a term as an airport commissioner for the City of Caldwell.

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KAYLA DE RUYTER

Kayla is Silverhawk Aviation Academy's Student Billing and DOT Manager. A Boise native, Kayla is a lover of rescue animals, traveling, and food... specifically cake! Previously Kayla worked for a law office in San Diego after completing her bachelor's degree at Point Loma Nazarene University. Her favorite part about her job is working with local charities to provide donations on Silverhawk's behalf. Fun fact, Kayla and her husband had their first child Eloise in July 2021!

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MAD PETERS

Mad is the accountant for Silverhawk. She loves animals, especially our office fluff Beau, and spending time with her husband!

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NICOLE HUNTINGTON

Nicole is the Director of Admissions. She is a California native, but has lived all over: Utah, Texas, Arkansas, Wisconsin, and Virginia. She wasn't in the military herself, however she is the only daughter of a Navy Captain. Fun fact about Nicole, Barbie bought her first car!

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BEAU

Certified Office Fluff. Beau has been meandering the Silverhawk hallways begging for food and looking for the perfect nap spot for years. He typically eats one kibble at a time, runs like a bunny, and leaves tastefully-placed "accidents" when his owners are away from home for too long. Recently, Beau attended a seminar on the future of digital media and aviation operations. Be sure to give him your card to talk strategy or to taste test treats.

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MOLLIE O'MARAH

Mollie is the Silverhawk Administrative Assistant. After earning a Master’s Degree in Theater Arts from Northwestern University, she taught middle school and high school drama for 12 years. She has performed roles in over 50 musicals and operas and narrated an audiobook available on Audible! Fun facts about Mollie: She hosts seated dance fitness parties for seniors at a local assisted living community to upbeat oldies! Mollie holds a Sport Pilot Certificate and is active in local aviation clubs. From age six, Mollie knew she would be a pilot. Flying is "sheer bliss to me because of the mental challenge, humbling personal responsibility required, and the breathtaking views!" She loves the energizing environment at Silverhawk and encouraging students to reach their goals.

CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS

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JOSH SLOWIK
Chief Fixed Wing Instructor

Josh is the Chief Fixed Wing Instructor and a SkyWest Airlines Captain. He was raised in Redding, California, on a hobby farm alongside his parents and three sisters. Outside of flying, you can find Josh golfing, hiking, at the gym... really doing any physical activity. In 2022, Josh earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Management. He stays very busy! Fun fact, he is a citizen of the US and Switzerland.

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JASON SPICKELMIRE
Assistant Chief Helicopter Instructor

Jason bounced between small town Riggins, Idaho, and big city life in Denver, Colorado. He felt well-equipped to live anywhere, so he joined the US Navy and traveled the world for 20 years. He was a Gas Turbine Systems Technician Mechanic and retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. After working in the Landing Craft Air Cushion community his dream of flying led him to Silverhawk. Jason enjoys the outdoors, and spending time with his wife and three kids. He is the lead instructor for TVCC and Silverhawk's Assistant Chief Helicopter Instructor.

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BLAINE LARSEN

Blaine is a helicopter CFI that found, as a skydiver, he liked flying the aircraft more than jumping out of them. This led him to a career in aviation. He started an EMS program at the College of Southern Idaho. After earning his basic, advanced EMT and his paramedic certifications, he began a career in EMS. In 2017 he began working with Air St. Luke's Boise. Blaine and his wife welcomed their first baby in July 2022!

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JOHN GROMMET

John is a helicopter CFI from Wichita, Kansas. You can find him either studying, flying, with his German Shepherd, or at the gym. While in the military, John was Paratrooper with the 82ND Airborne Division. He says, "The possibilities are endless when it comes to helicopters. There is an aspect of excitement in every flight and a curiosity within the world of helicopter aviation." Fun fact, John is a third-generation aviator.

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JON DAVISON

Jon is a helicopter CFI born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He's always enjoyed the outdoors and being active; coming out to Idaho has given him an amazing opportunity to explore new parts of the country. Jon loves helicopters and would have pursued a career earlier if he had known how attainable it was. Now, here he is as a CFI in his first role in a new career! He was in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as an Infantryman. Sweet fact, he had an early birthday party at a helicopter museum because he thought they were so cool!

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PETER MCBRIDE

Peter is a helicopter CFI.

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KALAN JONES
Chief Helicopter Instructor

Kalan lives in Caldwell, ID with "the Mrs." and two (sometimes three) kiddos. When he's not running around with his family or at Silverhawk, Kalan flies for LifeFlight Network in Walla Walla, WA. "I started as a student [at Silverhawk] in 2015. I began instructing in 2018 and left to find my way in the aviation world in the fall of 2020. It's awesome to finally be back home!"

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NICK WEBER

Nick is the advanced helicopter training flight instructor. "Being a poor kid from Chicago", he never imagined a life in aviation. He was going to be a priest (until he discovered girls), then a cop, which he became after leaving the USAFSS. Years later, after punching around with instructing, charter, commuters, and airlines, he went into the FAA (he approved Silverhawk 25 years ago!). After retiring in 2012, his focus is caring for his horses, serving and training his church security team, and his other great passion in helicopters, advanced mountain flying. Nick's goal is to help make every pilot better than he was before, in ways that will endure!

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GERALD FRANZ

Gerald, a helicopter CFI, was born and raised in north Idaho. He and his wife are expecting their third child in December. He became a pilot because "helicopters are undeniably cool and I thought aviation would be an exciting way to make a living" —also seeing the world from the air is something he loves to experience. Gerald was a medic in the 101st Airborne. Fun fact, although he claims he isn't very good at it, he enjoys cooking.

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GUNNAR BRADSHAW

Gunnar spent five years in the army in the 82nd Airborne division. He was a forward observer responsible for requesting, and adjusting artillery fire. He started falling in love with aviation after jumping out of his first plane. Hunting, fishing, and spending time with family are some of Gunnar's favorite pastimes. He became a helicopter pilot because it is a challenging career where one can always continue to improve their knowledge and skills. The best part of his career is sharing the experience with others.

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NICK MAY

Helicopter CFI Nick is from San Diego, but has moved around a bit before landing in Boise. He worked as a wildland firefighter for years, allowing him to travel all across the Western states with a great crew. This career introduced him to helicopter operations and after a conversation with a helicopter pilot, he was sold. Nick lives near downtown Boise with Kaitlin and Kobe (girlfriend and pup). He enjoys mountain biking, camping, and snowboarding! With flight, he loves how every day offers something new. "Flying is a huge privilege and I am so grateful that I get to do it. It keeps you humble and rewards you in endless ways." Fun fact, their Christmas Eve tradition is take-out Indian food (Madhuban is his favorite).

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KINSIE TREMBLY

Kinsie is a helicopter CFI.

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AL RICE
Assistant Chief Fixed Wing Instructor

Born in Winnemucca, Nevada, Al earned his private pilot certificate in 1969, and graduated from the US Army Flight School in 1972. Both his father and uncle were pilots, so naturally he followed in their footsteps, and was a US Army Aviator in the military. Al has years and years of experience flying both airplanes and helicopters along with 18 years in US Department of Interior Aviation Program. He is the Assistant Chief Fixed Wing Instructor and a DPE for the FAA. 

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JUSTIN HALL

Justin is a helicopter CFI from Redmond, Washington. His love for the outdoors (mountain biking, rock climbing, fly fishing and backpacking) and seeing places only accessible by helicopter was his primary drive for becoming a helicopter pilot. Justin has lived in desert, tropical, mountainous and agricultural regions. The mountains are his favorite!

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SARAH AMERIGIAN

Sarah grew up on a small cattle ranch in Spring Creek, Nevada with three sisters. She enjoys hiking, camping, riding horses, and anything outdoors. One day she looked out the window, saw a helicopter, and for some reason on that particular day, she decided she wanted to become a helicopter pilot. She took a discovery flight and knew in that moment she was meant to be a pilot. Her favorite part about flying is "that just like life, flying is full of challenges. These challenges make you stronger, allowing you to reach heights you never knew you could reach. From the air, you can see a whole new perspective of the world and that makes the journey all the more worth it." Fun fact, Sarah's family had two pet wolves when she was younger.

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AUSTIN NEEDHAM

Raised in Montana and Idaho, Austin grew to love the outdoors. He was a zipline guide in Tennessee’s Smokey Mountains and began flying helicopters while Utah working as a ski instructor in Utal. After completing his training at Silverhawk, he became a flight instructor in Colorado, then at Silverhawk. Currently, he spends most of his free time reading with a goal to start his own helicopter business. He chose the aviation life because he couldn’t see myself working a desk job and wanted a carrer he could progress in. Austin's favorite part of flying is the freedom – "helicopter pilots can land in very diverse areas and get to see the world from a unique perspective. No two flights are the same, I love the creativity and the mental process that comes with flying. When flying there isn’t a lot of room to be thinking about other things just the present moment with the helicopter." 

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BOBBY HODGDEN

Bobby is a helicopter CFI.

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JACE PAYNTER

Jace is a helicopter CFI.

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MATT MARTINEZ

Matt is a fixed wing CFI. He recently wrapped up a 20-year-long Air Force career and began teaching in October 2022. He worked on F-16s and F-15Es for seven years, then earned his degree and became an  F-15E Weapons System Officer (WSO) for 20 years. "It’s been a blast being able to travel to the world and fly around in one of the most advanced fighter jets in the U.S. inventory". 
Aviation has been a lifelong passion for Matt. "Being able to hop in a plane and go wherever you want is a felling that’s hard to match." 

Matt is married with three dogs who all look forward to staying in one place for longer than a couple of years!

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NOLAN M. HASH

Nolan grew up in Auburn, Washington, and moved to Boise in May of 2022 to continue his aviation journey. His dad, a fellow pilot, introduced him to aviation at a young age and became his CFI for his Private Pilot License.

 

"A career in aviation is so rewarding and it's an incredible opportunity to meet some really cool people. I wanted to become a CFI to help other people accomplish their goals."


Some of Nolan's hobbies include hunting, fishing, and golf.

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HAYDEN LEAVITT

Hayden took his first discovery flight with Silverhawk when he was eight years old! He began training in high school with the goal of becoming a CFI by 20; he met this goal with a few days to spare! Outside of aviation, he loves to golf, rock climb, camp, and when the weather allows, he's up at Bogus "shredding that pow pow!" He pursued aviation because of the various opportunities it can open up. "Traveling the world flying a jet sounds like the coolest job in the world to me" and the views are unbeatable.

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SAMUEL MENJIVAR

Samuel is a fixed wing CFI from El Salvador, a little country in Central America. He and his wife moved to the US seven years ago, making their way to Idaho to enjoy the lakes and rivers, although the cold weather was difficult to adjust to after living in a tropical climate for 23 years. When Sam was a kid, he and his brother would go to the airport, pay to have access to the rooftop, and watch commercial airplanes take off and land. He loves to see everything from the sky – it makes him feel free and proud to be able to control one of those beautiful machines (airplanes). Fun fact, he hates bugs!

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ALEXEI CORK

Alexei is a fixed wing CFI from Boise. The excitement of traveling the world and the awesome office views are what led him to aviation. Outside of flying, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, biking, hiking, kayaking, and growing Bonsai Trees. 

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CARSON ACKERLAND

Carson is a fixed wing CFI in Ontario, Oregon.

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JAKE LEONI

Jake is a CFI

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DAYTONA ARNZEN

Daytona, named after the Daytona 500, is a fixed wing CFI from Lewiston, Idaho. She began racing when she was six years old and still races today. She loves motorsports, skiing, hockey, flying, and anything outdoors! She believes the best parts about flying are how different each day can be... and the people you meet in the community.

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JACOB MILLER

Jacob, a California native, is a CFI in Ontario, OR. He is married, has three kids, enjoys sports and the outdoors. He is passionate about his faith in God, his family, and aviation. His "other job" is as a pilot and IT support specialist for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) in Nampa. Since Jacob was a young adult he wanted to be a missionary pilot and fly bush planes into remote areas. He was able to do this for a few years in Brazil – now he is back in the US where he can share his love for flying with others as a flight instructor. "There is just something fun about floating among the clouds.. the view can't be beat!" Jacob speaks "not amazingly well, but functional" Portuguese.

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RACHEL BECKER

Born in California and raised in Georgia, Rachel began her career at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., followed by traveling the world working for state and federal trade agencies in the hop industry. In 2020, she followed her aviation passion and has been flying ever since. She grew up with aviation; however, it wasn’t until her late twenties that she knew she belonged in the air. Rachel's father has been a huge influence and is the best aviator she knows. The best part of flying is the takeoff and landing: the thrill, the concentration, monitoring of systems, the adrenaline, and the best part — the challenge. Nothing beats it! Interesting tidbit: she used to organize, manage, and execute the American Hop Convention, a large 3-day conference for brewers and hop growers.

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DELLA ROSENCRANZ

Della is a fixed wing CFI from Enumclaw, Washington. Aviation is her biggest passion and has always been a big part of Della's life! She eventually caught the "aviation bug" and knew there was nothing else she could imagine myself doing. Her goal is to be an airline pilot, but she also has a love for antique aircraft and the characters that fly them! She hope to fly little airplanes for the rest of her life. Her favorite part about flying is embracing the freedom of being one with the aircraft and leaving all life's problems on the ground. Fun facts, Della is a third generation pilot and she loves the culturally experience traveling abroad provides!

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JAKE WEST

Jake is a CFI.

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LUKE PEOPLES

Outside of aviation, Luke loves playing music and soccer. He graduated with his bachelor's in biology, but now his life is oriented around flying airplanes. Luke caught the aviation bug after flying with his father-in-law and he has not been able to quit since. He loves everything about flying from the views to the feeling of accomplishment after finishing a rating. Luke's fun fact, he has never been outside of the country.

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JESSE ROGERS

Jesse is a Silverhawk and TVCC flight instructor in Ontario, Oregon. He was born in Arizona but grew up in Idaho. Jesse is an avid snowboarder, hiker (especially if hot springs are involved), whitewater kayaker, and an amateur cook (he makes a mean ramen from scratch)! Jesse spent four years as an engine and fuel system mechanic for EA-18s in the Navy. He believes flying is the ultimate form of freedom, adventure, and innovation. After spending so much time working on aircraft in the Navy, he feels flying was the perfect fit for him. Also, he likes the interesting people you meet along the way.

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COLE BAXTER

Cole is a fixed wing CFI from La Grande, OR. He grew up playing all types of sports, his favorite being football. When he was 15 years old, he took ground lessons but had to pause due to finances. After living in Bolivia, he married his wife and worked as a wildland firefighter to save money for college, then COVID hit. His friend Dawson, a former Silverhawk CFI, convinced him the time was now to follow his pilot dreams. Cole and his wife moved to Caldwell and now he flies airplanes for a living! Outside of Silvehawk, Cole is a blacksmith!

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TYLER SCHLADOR

Tyler is a fixed wing instructor with a passion for traveling, backpacking, and exploring the world. Some of his hobbies include snowboarding, soccer, and dirt biking. Growing up around helicopters caused him to dream of seeing the world from a new perspective. His goals are to bring joy to others through flight and to travel as much as possible!

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CLARK BRENISHOLTZ

Clark is an airplane CFI who loves the serenity of viewing the world at altitude. He is a dog owner, an avid reader, a motorcycle rider, a photographer, a storyteller, and a breakfast connoisseur (he promised himself guitar lessons once he became a working pilot). He has loved airplanes since he first learned what they were. Life just gave him other tasks to complete before beginning aviation. Fun fact, he was born in the year of the dog, and he couldn’t be happier about that.

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CODY MELCHIOR

Cody was born and raised in the Bay Area. After receiving his BS in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana, Cody moved to Wyoming to work as a field biologist. He spent many hours in a small aircraft conducting surveys which led him to wonder what life as a pilot would be like. He loved the endless opportunities in aviation and how it connects our great big world. After his time as a fixed wing CFI, he would like to pursue a career in conservation as a wildlife pilot. Fun fact, Cody spent his summers in college as a professional "snorkeler" for Idaho Fish and Game. 

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HAYDEN RITTER

Hayden was born and raised in Boise. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Business Operations Management, while competing as a member of the Vandal’s Men's Golf Team. His favorite hobbies include golf, skiing, mountain biking, and going to the gym. Hayden has traveled by air frequently, which led to a curiosity of becoming an airline pilot. He believes the best parts about flying are the maneuvers learned while training and all of the people he gets to meet along the way. His grandpa was designated “Top Gun” in U.S Air Force Fighter Weapons School. He flew over 400 combat missions and shot down a MiG 21 over North Vietnam!

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MICHAEL WILSON

Michael was born in Bloomfield, Iowa, and raised in Grangeville, ID. He took part in many athletics, particularly basketball and football. He accepted a football scholarship from Carroll College in Helena, MT, where he studied Biology and Business. Michael met his future wife his freshman year, and they moved to her hometown, San Diego, following graduation. During breaks from his biotechnology desk job, he would walk outside and watch the F-18s take off from Miramar Air Station. Eventually, he started researching what he could do to take to the skies. He and his wife, Tess, decided it was time to explore new career paths. This brought them back to Helena as she started studying to be a nurse, and he began flight training at a local school. Tess accepted a job in the Treasure Valley, fulfilling Michael's goal of returning to his beloved Idaho. The duo has two golden retrievers and enjoy being in the elements, both on land and in the sky. His favorite aspect of flying is soaring over the forests and high mountain lakes in the PNW. Fun fact: Michael's parents were flight attendants for United Airlines, and he was given the title of 2A Idaho Basketball Player of the Year his senior year of high school.

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DILLON BERGESON

Dillon is a Silverhawk and TVCC flight instructor in Ontario, Oregon. He was born in Folsom, California, but grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho. During his highschool years, Dillon moved to Colorado, then back to Idaho where he began his aviation journey. When he's not flying you will find him snowboarding, mountain biking, or dirt biking. Dillon chose a career in aviation because he found interest in airplanes and a "hands-on" career. His favorite part about flying is getting a different perspective of the world!

MAINTENANCE CREW

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ZACH BANNER
Director of Maintenance

Born and raised in Star, Idaho, Zach and his wife are proud parents to their two kids. When he's not working on aircraft, Zach likes to fish, golf, hunt, and fly helicopters! Before Silverhawk, he was an Avionics Electrical Technician for seven years in the US Coast Guard. Zach flew as a crew member on USCG aircrafts conducting law enforcement, counter drug operations, and search and rescue. Zach loves the challenge his job presents and he is left-handed!

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MATT PERKINS

Matt (his friends call him "Bearclaw") is a mechanic on the Silverhawk maintenance team. He is from Paradise, California, and worked as a fisheries tech before joining Silverhawk. Interesting fact, Matt's grandfather was a competitive aerobatic pilot!

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DJ HOLT

DJ is from Pocatello ID and works in Ontario, OR. He is married and has two kids. He loves being outdoors and flying stating "it puts the world in a whole different perspective". Interesting tidbit, DJ is a reptile guy!

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BRE WINDER

Bre is an A&P mechanic.

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DAVID ASH

David is an A&P mechanic from Marshall, Minnesota. He was homeschooled through his sophomore year, then attended a technical college. "I was a part of speech and robotics. I have always loved learning and building new things, and strive to glorify God in every aspect of my life."  While earning his degrees and certificates, he did the maintenance on wind towers in Minnesota. Fun fact, David has his PPL and worked as a blacksmith throughout high school. 

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JT HAYES

JT is an A&P mechanic in Ontario, Oregon. He is a father of two boys, a husband, and a private pilot (currently working on his instrument rating). He stated, "Working on aircraft is much different from other mechanically inclined jobs because there is a reference for every single task that you complete." His favorite part about flying is letting friends and family try out the controls. There is a bit of fear at first and then excitement. Fun fact, JT is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and he loves ice diving!

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PATRICK DRUM

Patrick was in the Air Guard as a Crew Chief on the F-15 Eagle for six years. For the past 14 years, he worked as a machinist setting up CNC mill machines and building things out of blocks of aluminum, steel, and plastic. Patrick has made parts for aerospace, semiconductors, and gun parts. His interest in the aviation world led him to work as an apprentice for Silverhawk. "The best part of tearing apart and putting an aircraft back together is seeing it fly again!"

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NOLAN MCQUEEN

Nolan is an A&P on the maintenance team. He grew up in Kalispell, Montana, alongside five sisters and one brother. At 18 years old, he realized he wanted to be a mechanic while fixing his 1994 F-150. After completing the Aviation Maintenance Technician program at MATC, Nolan earned his A&P license. During this time, he met and married his wife Michaela and, after a few years in Wisconsin, they moved to Middleton, Idaho. Nolan hopes to test for his Inspection Authorization which will allow him to perform annual inspections. During his free time, he backpacks, kayaks, and works on my small farm.

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BRETT SIMMONS

Brett is an A&P mechanic.

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RYAN MARLATT

Ryan grew up in Idaho and has come to love his home state. Outside of Silverhawk, Ryan can be found in the outdoors hunting, fishing, dirt bike riding, getting his hands dirty, and spending quality time with friends and family (the true key to his heart). Due to his fear of flying, his favorite part about being a passenger is when they land. Fun fact, he became an A&P by accident.

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