Meet the Team

Dave Parker

Owner, Airport Manager, CFII, A&P IA

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.


Wayne Sommers

ATP, CFII, MEII, Tailwheel

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.  He now flies as our main Tailwheel pilot, and he lends his hand to help fly any machine that needs a qualified pilot.


Steve Parsons

CFI, AGI

After touring the USA coast to coast as a bicycle riding guide, Steve moved to the Sandpoint area as part of Schweitzer Mountain’s Ski Patrol team. In 2016, he began flight training with Northern Air, and in fall of 2018 he joined us as Certified Flight Instructor.

With him every step of the way is Abbey the Avalanche Dog! When Steve isn’t flying, in the winter you can catch Steve and Abbey on slopes!


Johannes Snyder

CFI, AGI

Johannes had his first flight lesson at Northern Air on his 10th birthday and has been in love with aviation ever since! He completed his First Solo Flight at age 16, and earned his Private Pilot License at 17.

In 2018, Johannes moved to Alaska to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an Alaskan Bush Pilot. He lived in a village in South Central Alaska for a year where he continued his training earning his Instrument Rating and his Commercial License. While in Alaska he gained a lot of valuable experience, flying all around the state, and had a ton of fun! His favorite memory is his first landing on a gravel bar in a SuperCub.

Johannes returned to Northern Air in March of 2020 where he earned his Flight Instructor’s Certificate. He is excited to be back in Bonners Ferry, and eager to share his experience and love for aviation with his students.


Rick Durden

ATP, CFII, MEI, Tailwheel, Aerobatics

Rick started instructing at Northern Air in 2018. He has type ratings in the Douglas DC-3 and Cessna Citation and over 8,000 hours of flying time in more than 200 different types of aircraft.

When he’s not instructing he is engaged in his practice of aviation law, something he’s been doing for over 40 years, and writing for various aviation magazines including Aviation Consumer, AVweb, AOPA Pilot, Aviation Safety and IFR Refresher.

He is the author of The Thinking Pilot’s Flight Manual or, How to Survive Flying Little Airplanes and Have a Ball Doing It, Vols. 1 & 2. Copies are available at Northern Air.


Dalin Hubbard

CFII

Dalin stumbled upon aviation when someone in a math class mentioned a scholarship for a chance to learn how to fly at Northern Air. Well, after receiving that scholarship, Dalin has been partial to aviation ever since. This appreciation for aviation has led Dalin to acquire his Bachelors in Aviation Science from Utah Valley University. Now as a flight instructor he hopes to instill that same admiration for aviation in others.

If Dalin isn’t at the airport, he is with his family or he is on the farm, where he has fond memories of the crop duster jolting him awake in the morning.


Katherine Boger

Office Manager, AGI

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 is pursuing her Instrument rating with Northern Air, and will assist you with a smile here at Northern Air, Inc.


Travis Wisberg

Air Attack Platform Twin Engine Pilot

Travis joined the team at Northern Air in May of 2017 flying Air Attack, Forest Fire Patrol, and Wildlife missions. Travis began his aviation journey in February of 2007, and after completing his Private Pilot check ride in September of that year, Travis flew as often as his time and budget would allow. He added an Instrument rating and Commercial license in September of 2009, Multi Engine Commercial in 2011, and Single Engine Seaplane in 2016. Much of his flying was for private aircraft owners all over Nevada and California in Cessna Turbo 210’s and Cessna 340’s, and he accumulated over 1700 hours. 

Travis’ favorite flying is in his family’s Cessna 185 in the back-country on floats or wheels, and the times he spent flying a Meyers 200D. Travis, his wife Samantha, and their two children now call Bonners Ferry home.


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.


Phillip Heisey

A & P Mechanic with 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.


Ryan Roady

A & P Mechanic

Ryan grew up in Bonners Ferry, took his first flight as a teenager with Dave Parker and has come full circle back to Northern Air to work as an A & P Mechanic.

Starting his aviation career in Anchorage, Alaska, Ryan went to the University of Alaska Anchorage for professional piloting. He earned his private pilot license and instrument rating. A summer job as ground crew at Brooks Range Aviation in Bettles, Alaska provided an opportunity to work on airplanes. Ryan worked as an apprentice mechanic, then earned his A & P license and enjoyed working on aircraft in rural Alaska.

In 2013, he moved with his wife back to Bonners Ferry and started working at Quest Aircraft in Sandpoint on the production of Kodiak aircraft and later as mechanic in the factory service center. When not at work, Ryan likes to spend time outdoors his wife and two children.