Air charter flight requires dedication, passion, and attention to detail. All of our pilots are experienced commercial backcountry and air charter pilots.  Many of them are certified flight instructors as well. Our maintenance staff and mechanics keep our aircraft safe and ready 24 hours a day since air charter operates around the clock.  And best of all, we have fantastic and dedicated support staff who hold everything together.

Andy Patrick
// Director of Operations/Owner

Andy is the owner and director of operations of SP Aircraft.  He took the business over with the unfortunate passing of Scott.  Andy grew up riding and flying around in the Idaho backcountry.  He has a significant time flying in the backcountry.  Andy also has had the opportunity to deliver aircraft all over the world.  He has flown small aircraft to South and Central America.  He has also crossed the pacific ocean in a small aircraft by island hopping.  Andy enjoys flying wide variety of aircraft. Especially enjoys the challenges of Idaho aviation.  He often when room permits will bring a family member along as his dad did with him and his siblings.

William Foote
// Chief Pilot

Like all of SP Aircraft’s pilots, William takes flying very seriously.  He is a Certified Gold Seal Flight Instructor CFI, MEI and CFII, Commercial Airplane Single Engine Land (ASEL) and Sea (ASES), Airplane Multi Engine Land (AMEL) and Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI) Certificates. He has over 4000 hours of flight experience with 2000 hours of dual given, is a designated FAA Pilot Safety Counselor and is active in several flying organizations. He is a check airman and Chief Pilot for SP Aircraft, so that any pilot employed by SP is vetted to William’s extremely high standards. When he’s not having way too much fun flying passengers into Idaho’s amazing backcountry airstrips and flying executive charters all over the country you may see him flying in his restored 1946 Taylorcraft. When he’s not flying he’s managing a large flying club, acting as other pilot’s conscience or trying to find ways to stay fit.

Rick Rierson
// Pilot

Rick Rierson has been flying in Idaho since he was 16.  He is the Chief Flight Instructor at Ponderosa Aero Club as well as a charter pilot for SP Aircraft.  He is an expert backcountry pilot and frequently gives seminars on backcountry flying and safety.  Rick’s passion is the backcountry and can tell many interesting, strange and humorous stories about Idaho and the backcountry airstrips and the people who enjoy them.

Jamie Boesiger
// Pilot

Jamie Boesiger, CFII is a third generation pilot who grew up flying the Idaho skies with her Dad however she didn’t earn her ticket until 2001. Her love of aviation grew while earning her private and instrument rating over the Outer Banks of North Carolina while working as an engineer. After returning home she honed her skills in the backcountry and recently signed on as a backcountry charter pilot for SP Aircraft. Jamie has over 1000 hours flying single engine aircraft and loves to instill her passion for aviation in her students. Jamie is the proud owner of a Cessna 206.

Matt Conklin
// Pilot

Matt Conklin is an exceptional pilot.  He flies when available for SP Aircraft.  He has several professions and he is a perfectionist at all of them.  He owns a few of his own aircraft. Some of his flying accomplishments include racing at the Reno Air Races with his Cassut race plane and competing in the Valdez May Day Fly-In Short Field Competition with his Cessna 180. We won’t mention how he did; just that he excels at everything he tries.  Matt has experience flying all over the United States and Canada including Alaska.  He flies all year long in the Idaho backcountry in his aircraft equipped with skis for snow operations.  He also puts his aircraft on floats when he gets the chance.  Adding to his skills, Matt is a certified flight instructor and is more than happy to explain all aspects of aviation as you fly with him.

Joe Nepute
// Pilot

Like most pilots, Joe Nepute had a mother and a father. He grew up in the Midwest where land was abundant. His parents built their family home with their bare hands along with a grass landing strip next to it. The huge house looks like a giant log cabin but it was really an FBO where his dad ran his skydiving and gliding business. He housed several airplanes in their front room / hangar. His dad was a very capable and daring aerobatic pilot himself. His mom was a beauty queen and won all the pageants. She modeled for JC Penney catalog well into her 50’s. Realizing that pilots and skydivers would return thirsty from their flights, his dad made his real fortune when he invented the self-serve beer machine. Most jumpers have a decided bias to malted beverages of the cheap and easily available category. Joe started flying at a very young age on the grass strip with gliders and tailwheel airplanes. He became a competent glider pilot at the age of 9 but records show he was 14. Since he was lighter than other pilots 3 times his age, he could carry more skydivers and thus became a jumper pilot at the age of 8, or something. Joe’s dad being the shrewd business man encouraged Joe to obtain his commercial license to help with the family business, and was surprised when Joe came back with a lighter-than-air certificate allowing him to fly hot air balloons. That wasn’t enough for Joe so he left again and got a helicopter license. What he really yearned for was to fly big jets to far away places. That’s what inspired him to leave the grassy plains and obtain his single-engine and multi-engine commercial certificates. Throughout his career he has flown as First Officer or Captain in the following aircraft: DC-3s, Lockheed Constellation, Ford Tri-Motor, Curtis Jenny, Space Shuttle, Fokker DR-1, Sopwith Camel, Nieuport 11, Sikorsky X-Wing, and some other stuff. Joe has been checked out or type-rated in all Boeing and Airbus aircraft. He served as a consultant for Curtis Aircraft, Wright Aircraft, Aeronca, American Aviation, Bellanca, Cessna, Jabiru, Lake, Lancair, Luscombe, Maule, Piaggio, Pilatus, Piper, Technam, Zenith, and some of the big names like: Northrup, Grumman, Lockheed, North American, Beechcraft, Citation, Aero Commander, Convair, DeHavilland, MCDonnell-Douglass, Fairchild, Ford, General Dynamincs, Gulfstream, Hawker, Hughes, Ratheon Republic, Shorts, Swearingen, Vought, and Vultee to name a few. He met up with a nice Russian spy who convinced him to assist with the Oleg Antonov design and test fly many of the AN-type aircraft that are still flown today. Rumor has it that all internal rib sections of the aircraft are stamped with the name NEPUTE. After helping the Russians secure their aerospace program and getting SPUTNIK launched, Joe headed to the middle east where he flew airliners filled with wealthy middle easterners and their harems. He has been in many dangerous locations and situations, with lots of bad men, but he himself has never been arrested or violated by the FAA. Like many pilot’s dreams, Joe has actually answered the question “Is there a pilot on board?” where he’s saved hundreds of lives multiple times. Joe beat 3 skydiving records and won the US Nationals and World Championships with his team The Air Bears in 1985. He may also hold the record for the shortest flight between two airports in a jet. Three minutes from Addison to Dallas Love Field in Texas. Recruited by Horizon Airlines, Joe came back to the states a couple years ago to fly right seat in a Dash-8. He returned with his bride, a Russian spy who he had been in love with for many years, and looks and speaks American. Needless to say, to quench his thirst he bought a Cessna 180 which he rebuilt in the SP Aircraft hangar. While working along side the SP mechanics he landed a backcountry air charter job so he could do some real flying and get back to his roots, and Midwestern beer.
Note to readers…some parts of this bio may have been slightly embellished, but the truth is Joe is a very skilled and accomplish pilot who has flown all over the world in most aircraft. If you have ever flown with Joe, and listened to his stories, you will understand why he has an unorthodox way of piloting aircraft. Joe joined Ponderosa after selling his 180 last month because he hasn’t flown a Frankenhawk yet.

Aaron Hassemer
// Pilot A&P Mechanic

Aaron Hassemer, CFII is originally from Wisconsin where he earned his private pilot license while still in high school. After graduating high school, he joined the Air Force and worked on F-16 avionics systems, which brought him to Idaho in 2000. Aaron has owned or co-owned a Kitfox 6, Cessnas 177, 182 and 206. His love for aviation has led him to earning his A&P license, Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor ratings and has become a CFII in both airplanes and helicopters. Recently he has been providing backcountry and tailwheel flight instruction to pilots from all over the world. In addition to flight instruction, he volunteers with the Idaho Aviation Association helping maintain backcountry airstrips.

Todd Lindley
// Director of Maintenance, A & P Mechanic

Without Todd and the rest of the maintenance crew SP Aircraft would not be where it is today.  Todd has been with SP Aircraft longer than any other full time employee or pilot.  He is an FAA certified A&P mechanic with Inspection Authorization.  He has over 30 years of experience working on various types of aircraft.  He is a graduate of Idaho State University airframe and powerplant school. In his career he has helped not only keep our fleet running but has helped rebuild numerous aircraft that we are operating or have sold to new owners.

Marisa Blankenship
// Book Keeper

Marissa has more experience working for SP Aircraft than any other employee.  Marissa was Andy’s babysitter when he was little and then went on to work for Scott as the office manager and book keeper.  Marissa has an accounting degree from Boise State University.  She took a hiatus for several years to raise and home school her kids.  She has come back part time to assist SP Aircraft in keeping our books straight.  She also almost got her pilots license before she went on to pursue her real passion of being a wonderful mom.  Marissa is only in once or twice a week, so if you have an immediate bookkeeping concern, send a message or call for Andy.

Bonnie Patrick
// Andy's Mom/Aircraft Interiors/Excellent Helper

Bonnie is Andy’s Mom and does an excellent job at this.  She enjoys staying involved in the business as she was a critical part in making the business successful with Scott.  She is working towards becoming an aircraft interior expert.  She is always ready and available to assist with anything as she has boundless energy.  Bonnie is a certified pilot, but is currently out of proficiency.  She is a proud grandma and can tell you where to go for some amazing backcountry backpacking.

Trevor Davidson
// A&P Mechanic

Trevor Davidson grew up in Hailey, ID next to Friedman Memorial Airport and has been interested in airplanes since he was very young. He went to college at Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology in 2012. After graduating he realized how awesome Idaho was and moved back. He was hired right away at JetStream Aviation where he got his experience working on single and twin engine, piston and turboprop aircraft. He worked there for approximately 5 years and recently relocated across Gowen Field to work with SP Aircraft as an A&P IA just in time for both SP Aircraft and Ponderosa’s busy backcountry flying and summer season. While at JetStream he earned his private pilot license. Trevor joined Ponderosa Aero Club to pursue more ratings starting with a tailwheel endorsement, get a backcountry checkout and then earn his instrument rating. Trevor is a huge asset to SP Aircraft and Ponderosa Aero Club. Be sure to introduce yourself as you walk through the hangar. Trevor is approachable and eager to share his knowledge about fixing and flying aircraft.

Kyle Green
// Shop Hand

Kyle has proven himself to be more of an asset than we expected for the position.  We tried to come up with an appropriate title for Kyle when we decided to simply call him “Phil”.  He can fill the shoes of almost any position or task that needs to be done, and manages to get everything completed efficiently and with utmost organization.  Kyle is funny and a great presence when our guests arrive for their flight.  If you call to make a reservation, rates or looking for a aircraft part, you will probably talk to Kyle first.  Kyle is working towards becoming a commercial pilot and recently completed his instrument certificate.

Weebit
// Shop Guard Dog

Weebit is the shop dog when she comes in.  She is a large Newfoundland.  Her best defense is laying in the middle of the hangar.  Even though she is huge, she is so docile that she goes unnoticed until you trip over her.  She loves being pet – just watch out for her mouth as it carries a fair amount of drool.  She is easily startled and has a loud bark but once you pet her she won’t forget you. Occasionally she rides along on flights and never asks “are we there yet?”.