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About Us


The Blue River Story

Head in the Clouds

Blue River’s Beginning

Jamie Hastings, the founder of Blue River Aviation, began his aviation career as a pilot for Peninsula Airways. He began flight instructing as a part-time gig in 2009. After a decade of working as a flight instructor on the side, Jamie decided to pursue his flight school full-time. With his own fleet of aircraft at the ready, Blue River Aviation was born!

Producing Top-Notch Pilots

Alaska’s Premier Flight School

Blue River Aviation now attracts students worldwide for our top-notch instruction and unique Alaskan flying experience. Led by our founder Jamie Hastings and his skilled team, students receive personalized training, mastering diverse flying conditions. Our flight school’s commitment to excellence and safety makes it a beakon for aviation enthusiasts seeking high-quality education in Alaska’s captivating skies.

Blue River’s Future

Always Growing

At Blue River Aviation, we aim to cover a variety of aviation needs. Besides flight training, we provide thorough aircraft maintenance to keep planes in great shape. We also offer charter services for travelers looking for convenience and leisure options. Don’t miss our flightseeing tours, where you can enjoy Alaska’s beautiful landscapes from the sky. We’re committed to delivering quality services that cater to our aviation community’s diverse needs. As we look forward to the future, we’re excited to continue growing and finding new ways to serve our clients in the ever-evolving world of aviation!

Jamie Hastings

Owner, 135 Chief Pilot, CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, RW, A&P, IA

Hannah Dollick

General Manager and 135 pilot

Maggie Chiolero

Maintenance manager

Mary Creighton

Flight School and Operations Manager

Tayler Marshall

Flight Training Advisor and Communications Lead

Dennis Cooley

135 Director of Maintenance

Amber Hastings

Logistics Coordinator

Aaron Palmberg

Dispatcher and Training Advisor

John Hess

Lead Operations Facilitator

Eli Loudon

Ground Crew

Bridget Fundeen

Ground Crew

Mitchel Warner

Mechanic, 135 Pilot

Wyatt Crump

A&P

Caleb Carlton

A&P Apprentice

Rex Gray

DPE, CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, TW, SES

Garrett Mattox

CFI, CFII, MEI

Brooke Botha

FAA Gold Seal, CFI, TW, SES

Tyler Gose

CFI, TW, SES, 135 Pilot

Tyler Pursley

CFI, TW, SES

Johndavid Ahlberg (JD)

CFI, CFII

Lou Vince

CFI, SES, RW

Eric Ulery

CFI, CFII

Tristin Wild

CFI

David Rief

CFI, CFII, TW

Sarah Burch

CFI, CFII, MEI

Jordan Murdock

ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, TW, SES

Benjamin Loss

CFI,CFII,MEI

Kalie Edge

CFI, CFII

Hans Colberg

135 Pilot

Mr. Goose

Head Of Security

Ral Dog

Treat Enthusiast

Donna the Llama

Mascot