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 Manager
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 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 here at Northern Air, Inc.
Jim Page – Air Attack Twin Engine 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.
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
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.”
Phillip Heisey – A&P Mechanic, IA
Phil joined Northern Air in August of 2018. His background includes aircraft maintenance as well as flying. Starting his aviation career at Davis College in Toledo, OH, he earned his associates degree in aviation administration, as well as flight instructor ratings while building flight time teaching at the college. From there, he joined Riley Aviation in Sturgis, MI, flying charter twin Cessna, and working as an apprentice in the maintenance shop. Following nuptials, he moved to South Bend, IN to fly right seat for Patrick Industries in a Saberliner NA-265. Phil and his wife left the Midwest and headed to southern Colorado for a mechanics apprenticeship. Phil spent 14 years working for Mountain View Aeromotive in Alamosa, CO growing his love for mechanic life, earning his A&P and his IA license while there. He enjoys working on aircraft and cherishes the time he gets to spend with his wife and two daughters.
Levi Shafer – A&P Mechanic
Born and raised in Northwest Montana, Levi was consumed by aviation at the age of five. By age nine, he built and flew his first model airplane with the help of his elementary school cook. Throughout his teens, Levi built an extensive fleet of RC airplanes – turning the upstairs living room of his childhood home into hangar space. At 24, Levi was working for one of the largest Part 135 Air Carriers in the state of Alaska as an assistant mechanic until he obtained his A&P license. Levi has attended Flight Safety International for Cessna/Pratt & Whitney, followed by Robinson Helicopter Maintenance School. Having an opportunity to be back home in Northwest Montana while continuing to stay in Aviation Maintenance, Levi moved out of Alaska’s frigid Arctic Circle. “Thanks to everybody who helped me get my foot in the door; I’m grateful to have had such an opportunity. I can’t wait to ride this next adventure with the awesome staff of Northern Air.”