• Ernie and Charon Sams - Owners

    Ernie started flying in La Grande OR while in high school.  Went to Rangely CO to get his AMP.  Moved to California where he got his instrument rating, commerical rating and met the America West OPS girl.  In 2003 we moved to Idaho and got married.  Ernie stayed current for awhile with Jetstream and then kids happened.  After missing flying for 10 years Ernie went back to Jetstream in 2019.  Thanks to Heidi he picked up flying very quickly again only to find out Jetstream might be closing there doors.  "Instead of buying a plane for the family what do you think about buying a whole flight school?"  And so the new chapter in our lives started May 5th 2020.

  • Misty and Kecia - Front Desk Ladies

    Both ladies previously in the medical field wanting to add flying to their list of adventures.  So thankful to have someone with a smile to greet us all when we come in. admin@carmelaviation.com 208-616-2148

  • Heidi Glenn - Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

    My aviation passion started late in life with my Private Pilot's License being obtained in 2004 ( I was one of two original students at Jetstream Aviation - now Carmel Aviation).  In 2018 my journey went professional with the completion of my Commercial Pilots License, CFI in 2019, and Multi-Engine Commerical in 2020.  I love teaching students to fly and helping to grow the aviation community.  I received CFI of the year for 2021 and I have now started training in the ERJ flying for Skywest. CFI hglenn@carmelaviation.com

  • Brian Callagy - Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

    CFI MEI bcallagy@carmelaviation.com

  • Jesse Brothers - Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

    CFII jbrothers@carmelaviation.com

  • Scott Frank - Flight Instructor

    sfrank@carmelaviation.com CFI, CFII & MEI

  • Craig Rice - Flight Instructor

    In some of my earliest memories my brother and I would run outside in the yard and look up at airplanes when we heard them fly over.  I was enamored with aviation as a child, I had airplane posters, magazines, and video games.  I'm fascinated by the maps, math, science, and engineering of aviation.  But when I find myself getting wrapped up in the work of flying I'm humbled by a flight during sunset or over the mountains that presents the sheer beauty of our State and Country.  I've served in the Air National Guard for 20 years mostly in aircraft maintenance.  My plan is to become a full time civilian over the next few years and transition to flying full time for charter or airline.  While I wouldn't limit myself to one specific job...I really like the look of the Q-400. CFI crice@carmelaviation.com  

  • Joel Kruger - Flight Instructor

    jkruger@carmelaviation.com CFI, CFII & MEI As a small child all I wanted to do was fly.  I was an Armorer in the Marines from 2012-2018.  In 2020 I decided to start following my dream as a pilot and received my Private Pilot License with Jetstream which is now Carmel Aviation.  I finished the rest of my ratings at ATP school in Ogden Utah.  I moved back to Boise to be close to family and reached out to my previous instructor Heidi to see if they were hiring.  I'm so happy to be back flying where is all started.

  • Sharki Kontra - Flight Instructor

    skontra@carmelaviation.com CFI, CFII, MEI   Sharki was told that "girls can't fly," as a teen along with a couple setbacks as an adult which empowered her to take flying lessons in 2011.  She earned her private pilot certificate then one rating after another until she became a CFII Certified Flight Instructor.  Her ratings include multi-engine land and seaplane, along with endorsements to fly complex, high performance, and tailwheel aircraft.  Even though Sharki has landed in many strips in the Idaho backcountry she feels like a novice as Mother Nature changes the terrain year after year.   Prior to covid, Sharki flew contract second in command (SIC) in a BeechJet 400A Nextant for a private company and PC-12s for Jackson Jet Center, and now flies part time with the Idaho Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics in their King Air 200 and Kodiak.   Sharki volunteers with numerous aviation organizations and STEM programs such as Ace Academy, Art & Science of Flying, Idaho 99s, Wish Granters, Angel Flights West, and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) National Runway Safety Team to create documentation and safety videos to reduce runway incursions.   She's an FAASafety Team Representative for the Wings Program and remedial training pilot for the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) in Boise.  Last summer Sharki participated in the Air Race Classic and plans to race again.   Persistent at applying for scholarships, she's been awarded a few and recently won the opportunity to attain a Citation type rating at CAE in Dallas. She can assist you in putting an application together, or help you write a resume.   In addition to her flying career she is an accountant, cyclist and part-time LYFT driver.  Sharki raised her children as a single mom, the most valuable career of all, and hopes to inspire others to achieve their dreams of aviation, help them find interesting ways to accumulate hours, or at least fulfill a bucket list item.