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About Summit

Summit Aviation began humbly: one pilot, one aircraft, and one small hangar.

Two decades later with a fleet of state-of-the-art aircraft, a full staff of over 70 charter and corporate pilots, qualified flight instructors, and aviation sales professionals, we've evolved into the Rocky Mountain Northwest's premier aviation service company. We take the "complicated" out of all your aviation needs and guide you smoothly through any turbulence.


Private Jet Charter

Summit’s exclusive charter service ensures the specific needs of businesses, leisure travelers, and families are met.

Our on-demand private air travel features hassle-free conveniences and endless destinations, eliminating security lines, lost luggage, worries and delays, providing a new standard of air travel that puts you in control. Your schedule is our schedule.

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Aircraft Sales & Acquisitions

Our aircraft sales and acquisitions team is comprised of highly dedicated professionals with extensive aircraft sales and acquisitions experience and an in-house Certified Aircraft Appraiser.

We proudly offer a wide selection of aircraft, from single engine pistons to large luxury jets, and provide a purchasing assistance program for the most discerning clients. Summit’s aircraft sales and acquisitions clients benefit from our years of valuable connections with national aviation dealers, brokers, industry publications, and an esteemed network of satisfied clientele.

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Aircraft Management

Our aircraft management team consists of a unique blend of talented and respected general aviation industry professionals who have strong credentials and proven track records.

On a combined basis, our principals and managers have over 50 years of aviation operations, management, and customer service experience. We are confident we will provide the best quality of aircraft management service available in the industry.

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Flight Training

Our flight school is FAA Part 141 approved and built on a foundation of exceptional flight training with expertise in mountain flying and grooming aviators for successful careers.

We offer a full menu of instruction options from private, instrument and commercial to multiengine, ATP and CFI ratings, with tailored ground schools for accelerated learning opportunities.

Outfitted with Garmin avionics, including the G1000, our meticulously maintained state-of-the-art Diamond aircraft form a fleet of the safest trainers in the world. Paired with flight simulators and an air traffic control tower, Summit offers one of the most advanced, exciting and rewarding flight training experiences available.

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Whether you are on your way to earning a private pilot license, purchasing an aircraft, or traveling to destinations near or far, Summit Aviation can get you where you need to go with the utmost of safety, comfort, and confidence.

Meet Our Team

Want to join the team? Visit our
Careers page for current openings!


Ben Walton



Jessica Denby


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Janine Schwahn

Director of Operations

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Mike Schwahn

Chief Pilot/ Charter Captain


Dan Barnes

Director of Maintenance


Don Hughes

Maintenance QA Auditor


Scott Hunt

Assistant Director of Maintenance

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Brad Johnson

Maintenance Controller


Linda MacAskill

Charter Operations Coordinator

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Patrick Sinnott

Charter Sales & Logistics

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Kristie Hurst

Charter Sales & Operations

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Elizabeth Baldwin

Charter Sales & Operations

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Kristin Avner

Charter Sales & Operations


Drew Myers

Aircraft Sales

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Andrew Dreebin

Aircraft Sales

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Robin Heise

Office Manager

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Jen Nunes

Project Manager


Dana Maijala

Accounting Clerk

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Steve Cross

Charter Captain

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Tucker Ott

Charter Captain

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Carlos Bolognini

Charter Captain


Derrick Erickson


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Randall Holliday


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Kurt Keyes


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Charlie White

Charter Captain


Jason Grafel

Charter Captain

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Steve Lamphier

Charter Captain

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Glenn Vogel

Charter Captain

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Drew Hansell

Charter Captain


Timothy Shankland

Charter Captain


Tim Hynes

Charter Captain


Paul Proffett

Charter Captain


Clay Donnelly

Charter Captain


Christopher Dugas

Charter Captain

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Philip Weber

Charter Captain

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Larry Casale

Charter Captain


Jeff Modrow

Charter Pilot

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Delbert Beachy

Charter Pilot

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Emrick Laurent

Charter Pilot


Will Berry

Charter Pilot

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Rob Nicholson

Charter Pilot


Austin Larson

Charter Pilot

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Ryan Norvell

Charter Pilot

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Stefano Comi

Charter Pilot


Alec Hoard

Charter Pilot

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Steve Garvine

Charter Pilot

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Miles Suberg

Charter Pilot

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Jess Padden

Charter Pilot

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Missy Harlow

Chief Instructor

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Peta Sheridan

Certified Flight Instructor

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Kasey Kaminski

Certified Flight Instructor

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Tyler Miller

Certified Flight Instructor

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Logan Trapp

Certified Flight Instructor

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Connor McCain

Certified Flight Instructor

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Andrew Borash

Certified Flight Instructor

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Michael Demko

Certified Flight Instructor

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Zach Emilson

Certified Flight Instructor


Hattie Cavill

Certified Flight Instructor


Alex Davis

Certified Flight Instructor

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Westin McKinney

Certified Flight Instructor

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Hannah Kaiser

Certified Flight Instructor


Tamara Campbell

Certified Flight Instructor

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What can we do for you?

Feel free to contact us with any questions you have.

We're happy to help!