Our vision is to help keep the Southwest Washington Regional Airport located in Kelso, WA a community and gathering place for aviation enthusiasts while providing premier service for pilots and their aircraft. We are a family-owned business where our staff and their expertise is our most valuable asset. Each member of our team was handpicked and encompasses a variety of industry professionals. We have a love for aviation and a passion for being able to share that with others.
Our mission is to promote professionalism and safety in the aviation community while inspiring the next generation of pilots. Give us a call, send us a message, or stop by to meet our team and discuss how we can support you and your goals.
David has an extensive background in business and engineering, but aviation is where his passion lies. He flies both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. David is heavily involved in the community and operates a nonprofit vintage aircraft collection for Vietnam service members in his free time.
Dan is our most experienced flight instructor. He has an impressive Army career flying a wide range of fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft. Dan then went on to have a 36 year career as an airline captain and has accrued over 42,000 hrs of total flight time. He enjoys volunteering for the Civil Air Patrol and instructing in his retirement.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS/ CHIEF PILOT/ CFII
Hudson has a degree from the University of Alaska in Air Traffic Control and has been flying since the ripe old age of 16 years. Spending his past 14 years in the aviation industry, operating a Flight School/FBO has always been one of his life goals, and that passion shines through with every interaction.
Emalie has experience as a CFII, MEI, and performing Fire Patrol flying. She loves working with students and is excited to be part of the team at Cascade Air.
Jess has been involved in aviation since she was young and ended up getting her license when she was 17. She is a graduate of WSU with a Bachelors in Business Administration and recently obtained an MBA from Pacific University. Jess loves working with people and is happy to help out with customer needs.
Kelley is a first generation pilot who started flying when he was only 16 years old. He enjoys flying his own RV-7A aircraft, camping, and sports. Kelley is dedicated to tailoring training to meet individual student needs.
Milo De Grassi
CHIEF OF MAINTENANCE
Milo has extensive experience working as an A&P/IA. He is a two-time Oshkosh Silver Wrench Award winner and People's Choice Award winner. Milo has been involved in the warbird community for decades. If you are looking for a mechanic with immense expertise and experience, then you have come to the right place.
Drake is excited to share his lifelong love of airplanes and flying with students. He has nearly 20 years experience in the cockpit. He received an AS degree from ERAU. Drake also has seven years experience in wildfire fighting as a certified helicopter manager with the the Oregon Department of Forestry. He also volunteers as an Aerospace Education Officer for cadets in the Civil Air Patrol.
Nolan has always had the dream of flying, but like most, only thought about it as a dream. After meeting great people in the aviation community, he worked hard to make flying a part of his life. Nolan notes that seeing people experience this first hand makes this job the best in the world.
Ground Operations Crew
Taylor has enjoyed aircraft and flight since a young age. During high school he received a scholarship that allowed him to get his private pilot’s license at 17. He’s been hooked on flying ever since. He enjoys flying, hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with family and friends in his free time.