Our Team, Our Culture

MEET THE TEAM

B. Todd Simmons

B. Todd Simmons

Member, Manager

Owner and Manager, Todd Simmons is a Airline Transport Pilot - MEL and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI). He graduated from Weber State University with a degree in Business Administration and from the University of Wyoming with a Masters Degree in Business Administration. When not found behind his desk or behind the yoke of Choice Aviation‘s various aircraft, Todd can be found with his wife and their three boys sailing, water-skiing, hiking in the local mountains, gardening or home tending the farm. "It’s all about finding the joy in the journey."

Leland L. Blatter

Leland L. Blatter

Member

Owner and Director of Flight Operations, Leland Blatter is a Airline Transport Pilot - MEL and a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI). He graduated from Montana State University with BS in Animal Sciences. When he’s not somewhere in the blue yonder, Leland can be found with his wife and children enjoying the surrounding mountains, picking huckleberries, soaking in the Bitter Root River or taking a nap in his favorite chair. "It’s just a state of mind."

Administration

Director - Operations

Director - Operations

Joel Simmons

Director of Operations, Joel Simmons is a graduate of Montana State University with a BS in Business Administration. He has been passionate about aviation as long as he can remember and has held multiple positions within the industry since 2005. Joel provides oversight and training to our operations and concierge teams while managing both fuel supply and facilities. When not at the airport, Joel enjoys the mountains, snow skiing, working on home projects, and going to the beach. "Success and satisfaction is the result - not the objective of our labors."

Director - Flight

Director - Flight

Ben Atnip

Owner and Director - Flight, Leland Blatter is a Commercial Pilot (SEL, MEL) and a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI). He graduated from Montana State University with BS in Animal Sciences. When he’s not somewhere in the blue yonder, Leland can be found with his wife and children enjoying the surrounding mountains, picking huckleberries, soaking in the Bitterroot River or taking a nap in his favorite chair. "It’s just a state of mind."

Director - Maintenance

Director - Maintenance

Jeff Ryhti

Jeff Ryhti, Maintenance Manager, joined our team in 2018. He has a varied background, having spent time in Alaska, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana working as both a mechanic and in management. Jeff is an A&P / IA who has held positions as both Director of Maintenance and Accountable Manager. He also spent 5 years based at aircraft manufacturers as an on-site representative delivering new aircraft. Additionally, Jeff served on the Maintenance Review Board for the first civilian tilt rotor aircraft. In his spare time he enjoys just about any outdoor activity.

Director - Airport & Line

Director - Airport & Line

Troy Hunter

Operations

Linda Kinkade

Linda Kinkade

Accounting & Human Resources
Leslie Ebright

Leslie Ebright

CSR - Flight
Candice White

Candice White

CSR - Operations
Brianna Griffin

Brianna Griffin

CSR - Operations
Shelly Foos

Shelly Foos

CSR - Operations
Kristina Bonner

Kristina Bonner

CSR - Operations
Susan Baratti

Susan Baratti

CSR - Operations
Heather Hammer

Heather Hammer

CSR - Operations
Rae Shelagowski

Rae Shelagowski

CSR - Operations

Flight Department

Ben Atnip, Director of Flight

Ben Atnip, Director of Flight

ATP, MEL, SEL, Master CFI, CFII, MEI, DPE
B. Todd Simmons

B. Todd Simmons

ATP, MEL, CSEL, CSES, CFI, CFII, MEI
Matt Cichosz

Matt Cichosz

ATP, MEL, CSEL, CFI, CFII
Chase Stoker

Chase Stoker

Heli - Comm
Eric Swenson

Eric Swenson

CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI
Sterling Kraye

Sterling Kraye

CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII
Troy Hunter

Troy Hunter

CSEL, CFI
Leland Blatter

Leland Blatter

ATP, MEL, CSEL, CSES, CFI, CFII, MEI, Heli Comm, CFI-H
Casey Wagler

Casey Wagler

CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII
John Pearson

John Pearson

CSEL, CFI, CFII
Larry Sportsman

Larry Sportsman

CSEL, CFI
August Desson

August Desson

CSEL, CFI, CFII
Sheena Cichosz, Chief Inst.

Sheena Cichosz, Chief Inst.

CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI
Megan Siler, Asst Chf

Megan Siler, Asst Chf

CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI
Alex Leach

Alex Leach

CSEL, CFI, CFII
Darren Ginn

Darren Ginn

CSEL, MEL, CFI, CFII
Jim Bredy

Jim Bredy

CSEL, ASES, CMEL, CFII, MEI
Allen Jessop, Chief Rotorwing

Allen Jessop, Chief Rotorwing

CSEL, CMEL, Heli - Comm, CFI-H, CFII-H
Kyle Dewey

Kyle Dewey

CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI
Tyler Hendrich

Tyler Hendrich

CSEL, CFI, CFII
Branden Christiansen

Branden Christiansen

CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII
Kenneth Reiter

Kenneth Reiter

CSEL, CFI, MEL

Line Department

Matt Rick

Matt Rick

Operations Manager - COD
Dan Bergum

Dan Bergum

Lineman - COD
Mike Brown

Mike Brown

Lineman - COD
Jared Brandt

Jared Brandt

Lineman - COD
Troy Hunter

Troy Hunter

Operations Manager - EKS
Michael McFall

Michael McFall

Lineman (QC) - EKS
Jordan Post

Jordan Post

Lineman - EKS
Joel Jessop

Joel Jessop

Operations Manager - HAM
Duane English

Duane English

Lineman (QC) - HAM
Shandy Jessop

Shandy Jessop

Lineman - HAM
Gene Wahlstrom

Gene Wahlstrom

Operations Manager - WYS
Jack Hart

Jack Hart

Lineman - WYS
Braden Loomis

Braden Loomis

Lineman - WYS

Maintenance Department

Brandon Jopp

Brandon Jopp

A&P, IA - Cody
Michael Klosky

Michael Klosky

A&P, IA - Cody
Jared Parsons

Jared Parsons

Shop Hand - Cody
Mike Sims

Mike Sims

A&P, IA- Cody
Joe Wheaton

Joe Wheaton

A&P - Cody
Shawn Christiansen

Shawn Christiansen

Shop Hand - Cody
Herman Hill, Shop Lead

Herman Hill, Shop Lead

A&P, IA - Hamilton
Suzi Bayer

Suzi Bayer

A&P - Hamilton
Debra Carnes

Debra Carnes

Parts - Maintenance
Hal Reichart

Hal Reichart

A&P - Hamilton
Rueben Walkup

Rueben Walkup

A&P - Hamilton
Susan Serafin

Susan Serafin

Parts - Maintenance