Dave Parker – Owner, Airport Manager, Flight Instructor, Commercial Pilot, Mechanic
Dave Parker’s love of aviation traces back to buying his first 5-cent airplane on the way home from first grade. Upon reaching 18 years of age he received his private pilot license through a Boy Scout Explorer post. By age 21, he had earned his Commercial, Instrument, and Certified Flight Instructor ratings. He had also built an airplane. The 230 mile-per-hour Glassair sport plane was the 50th aircraft of its type to be built in the world. Dave learned aerobatics in the plane and demonstrated it at air shows throughout the Northwest.
Dave now has over 10,000 hours flying with over 3,500 hours of flight instruction in many different aircraft. He enjoys giving flight lessons, tracking wildlife, improving aircraft, and meeting all the neat people that make up the field of aviation.
Dave holds the following:
- Commercial Pilot Airplane Single and Multi Engine Instrument
- Certified Flight Instructor – Airplane Single Engine, Instrument
- Ground Instructor – Advanced Instrument
- Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic with Inspection Authorization
Daryl Johnson – Pilot and A & P Mechanic
Daryl and his wife moved to Bonners Ferry in September of 2010 and when he came by to check out the airport one winter day, Dave hired him on as an aircraft mechanic.
Daryl learned to fly in 1974 and continued right through commercial training to become a flight instructor. He started his own flight school out of a 1959 Cessna 150. Eventually, he landed a job as a crop duster pilot in the Pullman area, where he spent 30 years dodging fence posts and power lines. He also has a Multi-Engine rating and Rotorcraft/Helicopter ratings.
Daryl has been working on aircraft engines since he owned his first plane and has continued in aircraft mechanics throughout his aviation career. He is a certified Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic of over 15 years and has done everything from complete aircraft rebuilds to turbine conversions.
Wayne Sommers – Twin Engine Pilot, Flight Instructor
Wayne and his wife, Claudia, moved to Bonners Ferry from the Coeur d’Alene area in 2001 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
If you can name an airplane, Wayne has probably flown it. With over 30,000 hours in the pilot seat as a freight pilot, charter pilot, and flight instructor, Wayne has more than a few good stories to tell. To put 30,000 hours into perspective, it’s like spending about 3.5 years in the sky.
Wayne came to work at Northern Air in the summer of 2012 as a part-time relief pilot during fire season. When he’s not flying the Cessna 337, he lends his hand to help fly any machine that needs a qualified pilot.
Katherine Boger – Office Administrator
Katherine first tasted flight on her 17th birthday. Her uncle, a crop duster, ignited the aviation bug within her when he took her for a ride in his Super Cub on floats.
She enjoyed landing on water and flying so much that she immediately switched her career plan from a film scorer to a pilot. Katherine has flown in a few different planes since but has yet to fly on a commercial airline.
She began volunteering at the Boundary County Airport in the fall of 2011 and excitedly received the local EAA flight scholarship, earning her wings in May of 2013.
Her most memorable moment of training was seeing the gorgeous valley lights during her night cross country flight with CFI Carla Dedera. Katherine continues to fly when able to keep her dream alive and will assist you with a smile on Saturdays here at Northern Air, Inc.
Jim Page – Air Attack Pilot
Jim graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science and started his flying career in western Alaska flying as a bush pilot. Three years in Alaska and several thousand hours later he had experience landing on ice in the Bering Sea, beaches, water, ridge tops and flying internationally.
Jim moved back to his home state of Montana, meanwhile acquiring more experience. Jim’s passion for aviation led him to flying twin Cessnas out of Helena, MT, where he was a Medical/Charter pilot.
To date, he is a Commercial Pilot with his Single-Engine Land/Sea, Multi Engine, Instrument, High Performance, Complex, Tail Wheel, CFI, AGI, and two types.
When Jim is not flying he is working in Montana on his family’s cattle ranch. He is an avid outdoors man, who enjoys all outside recreational activities but archery elk hunting off his horses and mules makes him the happiest.
Glenn Whitfield – A&P Mechanic
Glenn joined Northern Air in December of 2015, bringing with him an extensive career in aviation maintenance spanning nearly 30 years. He has served as Director of Maintenance for several airlines, as well as Chief inspector for both an airline and an avionics repair station. Glenn also owned and operated his own aircraft repair business.
He has extensive experience working on turbine and jet aircraft, and recently attended school at Flight Safety International for a refresher course on the Cessna Citation Jet. Previous training at Flight Safety included certification to perform maintenance on Williams/Rolls Royce and Pratt and Whitney turbine engines.
His love for aviation was fostered by his father at a very early age with model aircraft, a passion he still pursues in the form of radio controlled 1/4 scale and larger models when he is not maintaining their full size counterpart. He has taught many to fly and enjoy the hobby. He relocated to the northwest to indulge in his other passion, the great outdoors. He enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with Mother Nature.
Ken Clausen – Air Attack Twin Engine Pilot
Ken grew up on a family farm 30 miles south of Spokane, Washington. He joined the U.S Coast guard right after high school and spent the first two years on a Destroyer Escort ship experiencing combat in Vietnam and the second two years on an Ice Breaker in the Arctic.
After his adventures in the military, Ken moved back to the farm with his wife Ida and became a private pilot. While balancing many roles he pursued more pilot ratings and became a charter pilot. He also ran his own aerial application business. Eventually Ken gave up commercial flying to focus on the farm but still flew his own airplane for fun. After retiring from farming in the fall of 2015, Ken met Dave Parker and we knew he would be a great fit for the Northern Air family.
Ken brings a lifetime of experience to his job and we feel privileged to have him as one of our Air Attack pilots.
Travis Wisberg – Air Attack Twin Engine Pilot
Alaina Hathaway – Office Manager
Alaina is new to the team January 2017. She has always been fascinated with flight, which led her to enroll in the US Air Force ROTC program at Iowa State University and get her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. After college, Alaina started her new career in the Air Force as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer at Mountain Home AFB, ID, where she served until separation. She held various management positions in Iowa until she and her family moved back to Idaho in 2012. She is very excited to finally have time to pursue her dream of a private pilot’s license, starting with Ground School in January 2017.
Robert Baker – Mechanic
Our newest mechanic-in-training was born in Sandpoint, Idaho in 1991. Robert was raised as a 3rd generation Bonners Ferry kid, and was proud to have earned his Eagle Scout at age 16. After graduating from Bonners Ferry High, Robert spent four years in the United States Marine Corps, and trained as a diesel mechanic. Robert is excited to be close to his three amazing nieces and crazy family, and says, “Northern Air has blessed me with a job I love, and I am thrilled to become a flying A&P Mechanic.”