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 canoeing, rafting, sailing, hiking in the local mountains, gardening or home tending the cows & farm. "It’s all about finding the joy in the journey."

Leland L. Blatter

Leland L. Blatter

Member

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

Leadership

Todd Simmons

Todd Simmons

CEO / SMS

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 canoeing, rafting, sailing, hiking in the local mountains, gardening or home tending the cows & farm. "It’s all about finding the joy in the journey."

Leland Blatter

Leland Blatter

COO - Flight Operations

Leland Blatter is a Airline Transport Pilot - MEL and a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI) & a Helicopter commercial pilot / CFI. Leland was born and raised in Montana and graduated from Montana State University with BS in Animal Sciences. Today, Leland calls the Bitterroot Valley home. When Leland is not somewhere in the blue yonder, he can be found enjoying the surrounding mountains, picking huckleberries, soaking in the Selway Wilderness and Bitterroot Valley or taking a nap in his favorite chair. "It’s just a state of mind."

Jeff Ryhti

Jeff Ryhti

COO - Maintenance Operations

Jeff Ryhti 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.

Heidi Rasmussen

Heidi Rasmussen

CFO - Accounting / HR

Born and raised in Cody, Heidi has taken an active role in her hometown since returning from college. She is currently serving on the Cody City Council & the Yellowstone Regional Airport board. Heidi is a graduate of Rocky Mountain College with an accounting major and an aviation minor. Heidi is a licensed CPA and a Private Pilot with an Instrument Rating. In her free time, Heidi enjoys spending time with family & friends. She enjoys camping, boating, hiking and all things in the outdoors locally as well as travel.

Troy Hunter

Troy Hunter

Director - Airport & Line Operations

CSEL, CFI, CFII

Benjamin Atnip

Benjamin Atnip

Director - Flight Operations

ATP, MEL, SEL, Master CFI, CFII, MEI, DPE

Kyle MacWilliams

Kyle MacWilliams

Chief Inspector

A&P

Linda Kinkade

Linda Kinkade

Manager, Accounting / Human Resources

Flight Operations

Benjamin Atnip

Benjamin Atnip

Director

ATP / MEL / SEL / Master CFI / CFII / MEI / DPE

David Kappelmann

Operations Manager

SEL

Leslie Ebright

Client Service Representative
Rae Shelagowski

Rae Shelagowski

Client Service Representative
Matt Cichosz

Matt Cichosz

Chief Pilot - Airplane

ATP, MEL, CSEL, CFI, CFII

Leland Blatter

Leland Blatter

ATP, MEL, CSEL, CSES, CFI, CFII, MEI, Heli Comm, CFI-H
B. Todd Simmons

B. Todd Simmons

ATP, MEL, CSEL, CSES, CFI, CFII, MEI
Kyle Dewey

Kyle Dewey

CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI
Tyler Hendrich

Tyler Hendrich

CSEL, CFI, CFII
Allen Jessop

Allen Jessop

Chief Pilot - Helicopter

CSEL, CMEL, HEL, CFI-H, CFII-H

Chase Stoker

Chase Stoker

Heli - Comm
Branden Christiansen

Branden Christiansen

CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII
Larry Sportsman

Larry Sportsman

CSEL, CFI
Megan Siler

Megan Siler

CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI
Sheena Cichosz

Sheena Cichosz

Chief Instructor

CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI

Sterling Kraye

Sterling Kraye

CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII
Casey Wagler

Casey Wagler

CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII
August Desson

August Desson

CSEL, CFI, CFII
Jim Bredy

Jim Bredy

CSEL, ASES, CMEL, CFII, MEI
Eric Swenson

Eric Swenson

Asst. Chief Instructor

CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI

Darren Ginn

Darren Ginn

CSEL, MEL, CFI, CFII
Kenneth Reiter

Kenneth Reiter

CSEL, CFI, MEL

Ward DeWitt

CSEL, CFI,

Luanna Atnip

CSEL, CFI,

August Desson

CSEL, CFI,

Tate Pehringer

CSEL, CFI,

Airport / Line Operations

Troy Hunter

Troy Hunter

Director
Brianna Griffin

Brianna Griffin

Operations Manager

Janice Sorenson

Client Services - COD

Josie Dove

Client Services - COD

Alyssa Matuska

Client Services - COD

Tracy Martschinske

Client Services - HRF

Crystal Schonemann

Client Services - HRF

Aubrie Burns

Client Services - WYS

Shawn Christiansen

Supervisor - COD

Tallon Wiles

Line Tech - COD

Joshua Tolman

Line Tech - COD

Braeden Sersland

Line Tech - COD

Kord Hudspeth

Line Tech - COD

Robert Donnell

Line Tech - COD

Colton Patterson

Line Tech - COD

Daria Allred

Line Tech - HRF
Troy Hunter

Troy Hunter

Supervisor - WYS
Jack Hart

Jack Hart

Line Tech - WYS
Braden Loomis

Braden Loomis

Line Tech / CFI - WYS
Michael McFall

Michael McFall

Supervisor - EKS

Jordan Post

Line Tech - EKS

Maintenance Operations

Jeff Ryhti

Jeff Ryhti

Director

DOM FAR Part 135 / AM FAR Part 141

Kyle MacWilliams

Kyle MacWilliams

Chief Inspector / A&P
Debra Carnes

Debra Carnes

Parts Clerk - Cody, WY
Susan Serafin

Susan Serafin

Parts Clerk - Hamilton, MT
Hal Reichart

Hal Reichart

Shop Lead / A&P / IA - Hamilton

Josh Holcomb

A&P / IA - Hamilton, MT

John Zolninger

A&P / IA - Hamilton, MT

Austin McLean

A&P - Hamilton, MT
Herman Hill

Herman Hill

Inspector / A&P / IA - Hamilton, MT

Ken Reichart

Apprentice - Hamilton, MT
Rueben Walkup

Rueben Walkup

Shop Lead / A&P / IA - Cody, WY
Mike Sims

Mike Sims

A&P / IA- Cody, WY

Matt Montgomery

A&P - Hamilton, MT
Jonathan Jacobs

Jonathan Jacobs

A&P / IA - Cody, WY

Michael Foster

A&P - Cody, WY

Jake Butko

A&P - Cody, WY
Kristina Bonner

Kristina Bonner

Apprentice - Cody, WY