President and Director At Large
Phone: 208-794-4480 • [email protected]
I started flying the Idaho Backcountry after learning to fly here at Gowen Field in Boise in the year 2000. Fast forward to today I am a Multi Instrument Commercial Pilot with close to 3000 hours flying everything from Cubs, 172, 180, 182, 206, 210, 336, 340 B200 and a few hours in the 550. Currently operating Boundary Aviation as a Single Pilot Part 135 operator in a Cessna TU206 for backcountry missions.
It has been one of my greatest thrills to give back to Idaho after discovering all that it has shared with me since moving here in 1995 from Texas. Aviation is not only a large part to how the backcountry was developed and survived for the past 100 years, but it is a mainstay of approved access per the Wilderness Act of 1980. It is a fragile balance that for the past 5 years you have been entrusting me with helping lead the way on protecting this valuable resource. I travel the skies in my personal aircraft be it a C180J Skywagon or my rare C336 Skymaster. I make my living off the growth in Idaho as a General Contractor building custom dreams and commercial buildings. We try to put the planes to work as much as possible in remote locations every year. It makes me keenly aware that we need to manage our growth proactively and continuously for us all to enjoy the aviation access we love today. It must never leave our thoughts that no matter how hard we try the pressure of civilization will always threaten our access and freedoms. Please feel free to let me know how you as members feel about the job being done or the direction we should go. Happy flying and I will see you in the backcountry.
District 1 Director
Phone: 208-946-8490 • [email protected]
I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico knowing I always wanted to be a fighter pilot when I got older. That dream ended with needing eyeglasses to get through school. In college, the cheapest way to be around small airplanes was to join the skydiving club racking up a total of 98 jumps. I graduated the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Civil/Architectural Engineering and went to work for a national general construction company. In 1980 I got married and also joined the Tucson Soaring Club where I could rent one of their many gliders for a screaming $4.00 an hour. I received my Private Pilot Glider rating in San Antonio, Texas in 1984 and earned my SEL rating in San Diego in 1988, but continued to fly mostly gliders until moving to Sandpoint, Idaho in 2002. In 2005 I ordered my Kitfox Series VII kit and completed it in 2009 while working full-time and doing the commute to/from Coeur d’Alene every day. The Kitfox and I now have over 800 hours together, more or less attempting to get to all the backcountry and small strips in Idaho, western Montana and eastern Washington.
District 2 Director
Phone: 541-263-1327 • [email protected]
I was raised in Pendleton, Oregon where I spent the majority of my early life. My father flew on a limited basis, but built and flew many RC aircraft, which we all got to watch and enjoy. With all Dad’s airplane magazines lying around the house and his constant talk about airplanes the seed was easily planted. As a youngster, I used to flag for the crop dusters around Pendleton and after days of listening to those radial engines go roaring by only feet away, I was destined to fly someday. After graduating from Oregon State University in Wildlife Science and landing my first job in Ontario, Oregon I was able to attain my PPL there in 1975. After a job transfer to Enterprise, Oregon in 1976, I joined Oregon’s oldest (still active) flying club, the Chief Joseph Flyers and flew their Skyhawks and Skylanes. Then after some 20+ years of club flying I sold my club membership and in 2004 purchased the red 170B that I currently fly. After retiring from my 28-year career with the Oregon State Police as a backcountry game warden in Eastern Oregon, I now get to fly 04D into many of the places that my work took me in Oregon and on into Idaho, which is right in my backyard, just a bit east across Hell’s Canyon. It’s my goal to do my part and keep all of these gems we have here in the Pacific NW open for all of general aviation to enjoy for years to come.
District 3 Director
I was raised in North Idaho where my dad was with Sunshine Mining Company. As a kid in the 70’s I tagged along on summer backcountry plane trips into Central Idaho to visit mine sites. Even at ten I was fascinated with how flying exposed whatever was over that next ridge. For a kid that plane just made Idaho one big giant backyard to be explored. I left Idaho to go to college and work but as soon as funds allowed I began working on a private pilot license. I learned and earned that private ticket in Salt Lake City in 1990 and have enjoyed, with notable lapses due to life and kids, my obsession with airplanes and flying ever since. In 2002 life brought us back to Idaho where I have been blessed with good health, great friends and family, and successful businesses. I began flying with Ponderosa Flying Club and in 2007 bought my first airplane, a Diamond DA-40. Since then I have put over 1,000 hours in my logbook and have acquired a long time local bird . . . N5148D. . . a clapped out (9,000 + Idaho hours and counting) straight tail 182 with a P-Ponk that just about everybody in town has flown (or owned) more than once. 48D was born in Witchita but has been based in Boise continuously since 1958. I am having fun putting “stupid money” into 48D and hope to pass her on to the next Boise caretaker (only when I am gone) better than I found her. The Diamond has gone away and in its place I now have a 1979 turbo 182RG for cross country work. In 2017 I am testing my instructor’s patience and finishing up my instrument rating. I enjoy flying places, and I particularly enjoy the people we get to know through those flights. Pilots are awesome people . . . just ask one. I enjoy giving back to our obsession through the IAA. Idaho is blessed with an over-abundance of all things aviation related and my goal is to try it all . . . more than once. If you need a T-Shirt, cap or some piece of merchandise IAA related let me know. Very happy to serve!
District 4 Director
Phone: 208-221-7417 • [email protected]
I grew up in Southern Idaho and established an interest in aviation at a very young age. My dad would often take me to the Twin Falls airport to watch the early morning crop dusters come and go. He had a friend that had a Cessna 172 and that was the first airplane I rode in. I think I was about 5 at the time. I always had an eye to the sky and stopped whatever I was doing to watch an airplane fly overhead. I still do that today. My dad also took me to the first Reno Air Race and that really solidified my interest. After high school I joined the Army and served in the 82nd Airborne Division. When I returned to Idaho I wanted to learn to fly and in 1979 took my first flight lesson. I had many setbacks and it took me a while to get into a position where I could purchase an airplane. I bought my first plane in 1993, I lived in Nampa at the time. I moved to Salmon in 1998 and that is where I increased the tempo of my trips into the backcountry. I have always enjoyed the backcountry flying, the scenery is very special and always changing. I have a great respect for our wilderness areas, I enjoy the ability to access them by air. I lived in Blackfoot for 12 years and was the airport manager there for almost 4 years. I moved back to Twin Falls in September of 2013, I expect I will be here for many years to come.
District 5 Director
I have been a member of the IAA for about 10 years, having come from a background in aircraft maintenance. I graduated from the Idaho State University Aviation Technician School longer ago than I care to think about. My first job as a freshly minted A&P was at LaGrande Air Service, Baker Aviation and Columbia Airlines (does anyone remember the early days of airline deregulation?) From there I went to Idaho Falls and worked for Red Baron Flying Service (RB-51, RB-104 and world records); an interesting time. Then it was on to Salt Lake Beechcraft in the big city for a couple of years. I came back to Eastern Idaho, where I spent the next 31 years working for the Naval Reactors Facility on the Idaho National Laboratory Site. I have a love of vintage aircraft, so I volunteer with the good folks at the Legacy Flight Museum in Rexburg. I was also able to serve on the Rigby Airport Board until I term limited out after nine years. I’m vested in this airport since that is home to planes that I am the caretaker of: a 1948 Stinson 108-3, a 1950 Emigh Trojan, and pieces and parts of other project planes. I appreciate the opportunity to serve as the District 5 Director and hope my life experiences will bring value added to the table. Please reach out to me with aviation issues as you become aware of them. You are the eyes and ears of our organization whose function it is to promote and protect aviation in Idaho.
District 6 Director
Phone: 208-861-1519 • [email protected]
After being a member of the IAA since 1991, I guess it’s about time I stepped up to help with some management. Since moving back to Salmon in August of 2017, after 30 years of professional flying in the Treasure Valley, I’ve settled right back into Cub flying in the backcountry. Not that I ever quit doing that, but retirement certainly offers more time for it! I’ve owned the same Cub since 1981, now N881RW. The number reflects both the date I purchased it and the birthdate of my son, also Richard Williams (He goes by his second name, Patrick), who is also a long-time member with his own Super Cub. I am proud to represent District 6 for the IAA. I think our main current issue is the re-opening of the Hoodoo Meadows airstrip, which I have personal experience on. But I also intend to bring the Leadore Airport (U00) more into the fold, which is at 6029’ elevation and below the Gilmore Summit (7169’) along Highway 28. It currently has a very rough surface and no lights. We may be able to get some federal funds for improvements. It could be an important bad weather alternative. I certainly have an open door. Please feel free to contact me with issues and ideas.
District 7 Director
Phone: 208-521-8908 • [email protected]
Growing up in Oregon, I spent my youth bowhunting the western areas of the state, and fly-fishing rivers with romantic and enchanting names like; the Alsea, the Siletz, the Metolius, the Umpqua and of course the Deschutes.
My journey to Western Montana like many that live here, was long and jagged, but inevitable given my love for remote places and a desire to be closer to the wilderness. After completing a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy, and more specifically assigned, to the nuclear submarine fleet in the South Pacific, I found myself living in a very remote area in Southwestern Nevada, where a round trip to the grocery store was 230 miles! Thus, my journey into general aviation became a bit utilitarian, given my isolation. At the young age of 23, I found myself with a newly minted private ticket, a dilapidated, barely airworthy C-172 running on car gas, and thinking what could go wrong? So off I went eagerly exploring the far reaches of rural Nevada. Surviving the ordeal without any major mishaps, I knew immediately I was hooked for life! Fast forward several decades, different planes and advanced ratings, I still think fondly of the ole Skyhawk and roaming the expanse of the desert Southwest. Today I find myself living on our small ranch in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana and flying my straight tail C-182 with nearly direct access to the Selway and the Frank Church Wilderness Areas. With a lifelong passion for remote places and general aviation, coupled with a desire to protect and preserve both, the Idaho Aviation Association (IAA) seemed a perfect fit and I am both excited and humbled to be part of the organization.
Phone: 208-803-5722 • [email protected]
Phone: 208-906-4471 • [email protected]
A California native, Crista Worthy was introduced to Idaho by Galen Hanselman in 2001. After numerous happy visits to Fish Lake, Wilson Bar, and other Idaho airstrips in their Cessna 210, Crista and her husband Fred moved to Idaho in 2011, settling in Hidden Springs, an unincorporated township north of Boise.
Crista began serving as Editor of The Flyline, the monthly publication of the Idaho Aviation Association, in 2011. The author of over 500 articles about aviation, travel, bodybuilding, and wildlife, Crista has written for AOPA Pilot, Flying, Audubon, High Country News, Writers on the Range, and other publications, and is the former managing editor of Pilot Getaways magazine.
In 2021, to help further the goals of the IAA and IAF, she wrote the book “Idaho Aviation” (Arcadia Publishing). With 277 photos, the book brings to life Idaho’s unique aviation story: How and why Idaho’s world-famous backcountry airstrips were built, the daring pilots who pioneered backcountry aviation, and the hardy homesteaders who built the first fly-in ranches. Other chapters cover the development of smoke jumping, ag planes, airport courtesy cars, Idaho’s role in military aviation, how airmail/commercial aviation began here, how airplanes have been used for wildlife management, Idaho’s aircraft manufacturers, brilliant inventors, plus aviation advocates from our CFIs to organizations like the IAA and IAF.
Vice President, Activities
Aaron was bit by the aviation bug early in life. While still in high school, he began working at the local airport as a lineman and shortly after turning 17 he earned his private pilot license. After graduating high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force as an F-16 Avionics Technician and earned his A&P license. After his first active-duty enlistment, he joined the Idaho Air National Guard working on the A-10, and retired from there after completing 20 years of service.
Over the years Aaron joined in with a small Boise based flying club with several other local pilots who owned a Cessna 182a and P206. This allowed Aaron to further learn about aviation and also explore, appreciate and help care for various runways in the backcountry of Idaho.
After earning the required ratings and gaining sufficient experience, in 2015, Aaron began working full-time as a flight instructor giving basic, advanced and backcountry flight training. Since then, he also has worked in corporate aviation for Part 91 and 135 operators, including operations in the Idaho backcountry.
Pilot licenses Aaron currently holds are Commercial Helicopter, CFI & CFII in helicopters and single and multi-engine airplanes and ATP ratings for ASEL & AMEL. He currently flies numerous makes and models of aircraft such as various Cessna single engine aircraft, Kitfox, Pilatus PC-12, Pilatus PC-24, Kodiak 100 and a Beechjet 400a.
Vice President, Hall of Fame
Phone: 208-890-1819 • [email protected]
I am an Idaho native and started flying at the age of 13 at Bradley Field. I am currently the owner of a 1957 Cessna 182A that I bought in 1983.
Vice President, Scholarships
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Vice President, Commercial Backcountry Operators
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Vice President, Legal Affairs
Phone: 208-859-7959 • [email protected]
Don Lojek is an attorney specializing in aviation law. He has practiced law in Idaho for 45 years and has appeared as lead counsel in numerous cases at all levels of the state and federal court systems. He has been appointed by the AOPA as a panel attorney for the AOPA Legal Plan and routinely represents those involved in the aviation industry. A Mooney owner and pilot with approximately 2,000 hours,he responds to IAA’s legal needs as they arise.
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Vice President, Safety and Education
Vice President, Government Affairs
Phone: 208-421-1785 • [email protected]
John Gough was born and raised in southern Idaho. He began his love with aviation as a teenager. He had uncles that flew airplanes in Nevada and they had gotten his father involved in aviation. He began flying locally with his father and at age 16 took the Private Pilot ground school at CSI with his mother who soon became a pilot herself.
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Vice President, Membership
Vice President, Technology Advancements
Phone: 509-953-3602 •[email protected]
I grew up in Mackay, a small rural town in the Lost River Range of central Idaho. My family had a ranch where we raised livestock. It was hard work, but very fulfilling and such a great lifestyle. After graduating high school, I moved to Moscow to attend the University of Idaho. Once I obtained my bachelor’s degree, I moved to the Coeur d’ Alene area where I have been since 1991.
While I always had an interest in aviation, I didn’t become a pilot until a few years ago when I decided to fulfill my lifelong dream. I am so happy I did and wish I had done it years earlier. I bought my first aircraft, a 1950 Cessna 170, and enjoyed every minute of owning and flying it in the Idaho backcountry. I never dreamed of selling it until I was offered an opportunity to buy a 1955 Cessna 180 with a very low time PPONK motor. The Skywagon was the ultimate aircraft to me, so I jumped at the opportunity and purchased 73B last summer. It has proven to be a very solid airplane that my wife and I enjoy as much as we can. I look forward to serving on the IAA board, but more importantly, giving back to this great community of pilots and help take care of our backcountry airstrips!