Bert Hanson

Bert Hanson, Director of Operations

Bert has been an Iditarod pilot since 1984, Assistant Chief Pilot at Unalakleet from 2006-2009. Chief pilot in 2010. One of our longest flying pilot volunteers. Born and raised in Alaska, lives in Anchorage with wife Reb and family. Chief pilot in 1989 and 1991. Ran the Iditarod (behind dogs) in 1990 and 1993. Aircraft pilot and mechanic, Bert just retired from Alaska Airlines. 


 
Russ Dunlap

Russ Dunlap, Chief Pilot

Russ has been an Iditarod Air Force Pilot since 2001 and an Alaska resident since 1994. He has been flying for Alaska Airlines since 1988. Russ currently lives in Palmer with his wife and 2 sons. Russ flies a Cessna 180 for the Iditarod Air Force.

Russ flies N5298E


 
Phil Morgan

Phil Morgan, Assistant Chief Pilot

An Iditarod pilot since 1995, Phil was born and raised in Alaska and currently lives in Anchorage. A Captain for Alaska Airlines, he flies a Cessna 185 for the Iditarod Air Force. Phil ran the 2005 Iditarod with dogs instead of his plane and won the Red Lantern. 2010 started a new chapter for Phil as Assistant Chief Pilot. He absolutely enjoyed helping IAF with dispatch and releasing flights, flight following, briefing volunteers, and enhancing the overall safe operation of the IAF. Phil says “it was rewarding to see us meet the requirements of our exemption in a safe and professional way.”

Phil flies N185HM


 
Danny Davidson

Danny Davidson, Assistant Chief Pilot (Nome)

Has been flying for ITC every year since 1981, averaging 100 + hours a year. A retired steel erection contractor, Danny now operates an Air Taxi business, Davidson Aviation. Hopes are that this business will help maintain the plane and additionally give profits to Christian Pilots Association of Alaska, where he is also a missionary pilot. His wife is Matilda. Thier daughter Dani is still at home, now in an aviation format at UAA...

Danny flies N2975C


 
Wes Erb

Wes Erb, Assistant Chief Pilot

Wes has been an Iditarod Pilot since 2005. Wes grew up in Hendersonville, NC, moved to Alaska in 1994 and lives on Flat Lake. He is a MD-11 first officer for FedEx and is an active Civil Air Patrol pilot. Wes flies a 1965 Cessna 180 for the Iditarod Air Force.

Wes flies N2743X


 
OE

OE

OE is an international man of mystery.  We could tell you what "OE" stands for but then we'd have to kill you.  He is better known in some circles as James Bond's better looking twin brother.  OE flies out of Talkeetna for K2 aviation in the summers.

OE flies N31393


 
Udo Cassee

Udo Cassee

Udo, made in the Netherlands and Alaskan since 1997. When not flying Udo spends time at a drilling company to fund his flying. Married with one child, living in Anchorage, he loves to explore all Alaska has to offer.

Udo flies N2885C


 
Greg Fischer

Greg Fischer

Born in Anchorage and growing up in Fairbanks, Greg has lived his whole life in Alaska. After extensive travel and some outside schooling, he moved back to Anchorage in 1988 and has been here ever since. He and Teresa have two kids, one away at college and one a driller on the North Slope. Receiving his private license in the 1985 in Fairbanks Alaska he has since added a commercial license and instrument and multi-engine and float ratings. Greg began flying for the Iditarod Air Force in 2010. In his other life, Greg is a pilot for Everts Air Fuel flying the AT802 Air Tractor and Curtis C-46.

Greg flies N185KA


 
Glen Hanson

Glen Hanson

Glen is a born and raised Alaskan, as are many of the IAF pilots. He received his private pilot license after graduating high school in 1970. He started flying 185 for the Iditarod during the 1984 race (the year the race was stopped at Rainy Pass). He rode the trail as a Trail Breaker for two year doing both the north and south routes. He is married to Rebecca after reuniting at their 30th class reunion. He currently flies a 1964 Cessna 182G.

Glen flies N3248S


 
Scott Ivany

Scott Ivany

Iditarod Pilot since 2010. He has been following the race since he was a child growing up in Michigan. He started flying in the right seat with his mother in 1984 and earned his private pilot’s license in 1999. Since then Scott has earned his commercial, single and multi engine license and has instrument and float ratings. He lives in Anchorage with his wife Kari and two dogs Piper and Taz (Yellow Lab & Vizsla). Scott enjoys flying throughout the Last Frontier as much as possible on fishing, hiking, camping, skiing and $100 hamburger adventures in his Cessna 180. Scott manages a commercial general contracting firm in Anchorage so that he can continue to fly!.

Scott flies N70712


 
Jim Kintz

Jim Kintz

Iditarod pilot since 1993. 47 year resident of Alaska, originally from Gillette, Wyoming. Lives in Anchorage. Retired engineer and land developer. Commercial hunting guide and pilot. Jim flies a Cessna 180 for the Iditarod Air Force.

Jim flies N66037


 
Ed Kornfield

Ed Kornfield

An Iditarod Air Force pilot since 2004, Ed is originally from Philadelphia and has been an Alaska resident since 1978. In his spare time, Ed volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol and enjoys flying Sailplanes and Classic WWII Warbirds. “Alaska is a great place to live, raise a family and enjoy the unique opportunities aviation has to offer”. Ed will be flying a 1955 Cessna 180 for the IAF.

Ed flies N3284D


 
Dave Looney

Dave Looney

Dave is a 17 year Alaska resident and full time fire fighting helicopter pilot for the Sillar Helicopters. He has been driving Maules in the backcountry of Alaska and Idaho for the last 13 years on floats, wheels, and skis. He has been with the IAF since 2010.

Dave flies N9640B


 
Monte Mabry

Monte Mabry

Monte holds ATP and Instructor Licenses with Instrument privileges and has been flying wheel, float and ski planes starting in 1980. He has been flying with the IAF since 1997 piloting Cessna 180 and 185s. This year he will fly a 1977 C180K. Monte’s father, two of his brothers and two of his children are pilots. By day Monte is a geophysicist.

Monte flies N820AK


 
Erin Marston

Erin Marston

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Erin learned to fly at Merrill Field in 1977. He currently flies a Cessna 185 based at Lake Hood, minutes from where he lives with his wife and two children. Erin works as an attorney in the firm of Marston & Cole, P.C. and has represented pilots throughout Alaska.

Erin flies N70195


 
Bill Mayer

Bill Mayer

Bill has flown for the Iditarod Airforce continually since 1990 accumulating approximately 1900 hours during the Race. He has been in Alaska since 1976 and was originally from Philadelphia via Los Angeles, CA and Portland, Oregon. Bill is a cardiologist in Anchorage and the previous Chief of Cardiology at Providence Medical Center. He runs clinics in Homer and Soldotna, Alaska and in the Mat-Su Valley and was the previous President of the Alaska Heart Institute. Bill is married to the loveliest nurse on earth and has two above average children. He has a fondness for cheese steaks, hoagies and yellow labs. Bill is addicted to motorcycles, having one BMW in America as well as one in Heidelberg, Germany. He flies a blue and gray 1968 Cessna 185 on hydraulic wheel skis for the Iditarod Airforce basing out of Anchorage and Unalakleet.

Bill flies N211TC


 
Greg Miller

Greg Miller

Gregory has been an IAF pilot since 2009. He has about 4500 TT and commercial, instrument, single engine land/sea, multi engine land, CFII/MEI, glider, typed in PV2 (Harpoon) and P2V (Neptune). He has been in Alaska 21 years and has owned 9 planes. Long ago, in a place far, far away (Lower 48), he flew fire bombers (thus the type ratings). By day he is a judge.

Greg flies N9541B when he is flying with us.


 
Bruce Moroney

Bruce Moroney

Iditarod pilot since 1986. Thirty two year Alaska resident, originally from Los Altos , Calif. Bruce holds an ATP and has been flying commercially since 1971. Bruce flew for several Alaska bush operators until joining Alaska International Air/MarkAir in 1977, where he spend 19 years flying the C-130 and B-737. Bruce now flies the B-747 for Atlas Air flying world wide. Bruce is an Iditarod musher, finishing twice, last Iditarod 2001. Bruce flies a C-185 on skis which he owns with his wife Diana, also an Iditarod Airforce pilot.

Bruce flies N2550Z


 
Diana Moroney

Diana Moroney

Diana has been an Iditarod pilot since 1998. She is a 32 year Alaska resident, originally from Monterey, California holds an ATP and has flown commercially in Alaska. She has been involved in sled dog racing since the early 80’s and has raced the Iditarod 10 times, (last Iditarod 2005). Diana has also run the Hope race, Nome to Anadyr Russia She flies a Cessna-185 on skis for Iditarod which she owns with her husband Bruce, also an Iditarod Air Force pilot.

Diana flies N2550Z


 
John Norris

John Norris

John has been an Iditarod pilot since 1989 and Chief Pilot from 1996 to 2009. A 24 year Alaska resident, originally from Placerville, California, John lives in Anchorage with wife Donna, and son Jeffrey. John is Marketing Company President for U-Haul Company of Alaska/Yukon. John flies a Cessna 180 for the Iditarod Air Force. His wife Donna works in the background to make sure things get done.

John flies N9528B


 
Joe Pendergrass

Joe Pendergrass

Joe has been an Iditarod pilot since 1998. He was co-chief pilot with John Norris from 2000 through 2004. He was born and raised in Alaska and lives in Wasilla with his wife Linda. Joe retired in 1996 as a Correctional Superintendent with the Alaska Dept. of Corrections. He is currently a seasonal commercial pilot with Denali Air and flies a Navaho conducting scenic flights around Mt. McKinley. Joe flies a Cessna 180 for the Iditarod Air Force.

Joe flies N3311D


 
Mike Swalling

Mike Swalling

Mike joined the Iditarod Pilot in 2009 and is a lifelong Alaskan who has been flying since age 18. Mike is the owner of Swalling Construction Co. and is married to Linda Chase. They have three children, CeeCee, Chase and Alexandra. Any time not spent at home with the family is spent flying, fishing and duck hunting.

Mike flies N29061


 
Jerry Wortley

Jerry Wortley

Jerry has been an IAF pilot since 2007. He was raised on a farm in Idaho and graduated from the University of Idaho in 1971. His interest in aviation started at a young age and he began flying 40 years ago in a PA12. After college he spent a tour in the Marine Corps as a RIO in F-4J Phantoms. After the Marine Corps he became an aviation insurance broker specializing in commercial accounts. He holds an ATP with 6000+ hours and currently flies a Piper Cheyenne for business and a Cessna 180 on wheels, skis & floats for business and pleasure.

Jerry flies N185KG