Personnel Profiles

Meet Our Team

Rich Bjelkevig

President & Director of Operations

Rich Bjelkevig is the founder and currently the President of Mountain Aviation. He has presided over the expansion and development of the company for these past 21 years. He currently also serves as the Director of Operations. He has 41 years of corporate aviation and airline experience to include FAR121 & 135 operations. He has been a Chief Flight Instructor, Check Airman, Chief Pilot and Director of Operations for 3 air charter companies and holds an ATP and type ratings in several corporate jets to include CE500, CE650, DA2000 and G400. His formal education and undergraduate studies include engineering and post graduate studies in aviation law. When not growing the business he founded, Rich enjoys golf, skiing, and playing with his grandchildren with his beautiful wife.

Nicole McLeod

Chief Financial Officer

Nicole has been with Mountain Aviation for seven years. Originally from Colorado, she spent her high school and middle school years near the Mission Mountains of Montana. Although Nicole is not an “aviator” by profession but she brings solid business discipline including a BA in Business Management and 15 years setting up accounting and financial systems for numerous small and mid-sized companies. Her specialty is improving efficiencies and controls to enable growth. Nicole loves being involved in so many areas of our business especially the “human factors” part of the her job as Director of HR. When not guiding our business to success Nicole enjoys the Colorado mountains snowboarding, playing disc golf, mountain biking, and spending time with her two young children and husband.

Wade Tefft

Chief Pilot

Wade brings over 20 years of commercial aviation experience. Born and raised in Western New York state, Wade began his flight training at an early age, earning his Private Pilot’s license before graduating High School. Early in his career, he gained flying experience flight instructing, towing advertising banners as well as flying and towing gliders. He has served as an instructor and Check Airman in both FAR 121 and 135 operations. His experience also includes acting as the Flight Safety Coordinator and Chief Pilot for two different Part 135 operations. Wade is tasked with overseeing the training, scheduling and management of Mountain Aviation’s pilot group. In his spare time, Wade enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Nicole and three children. His aviation passion and heart are in general aviation and during his personal time he owns and flies several small aircraft including a 1945 Taylorcraft.

Corey Mast

Director of Maintenance

Corey Mast has been with Mountain Aviation for 10 years and currently serves as our Director of Maintenance and served as the Maintenance Operations Manager for 4 years. He is responsible for planning, scheduling, and the performance of all Mountain Aviation aircraft maintenance operations. Additionally he directs line department operations and is responsible for maintaining Mountain Aviation hangars and facilities. Mr. Mast earned his A&P certificate and began a full time career in aviation after selling his privately owned business. He initially accepted a position with Mountain Aviation as a Quality Control Administrator, and was later promoted to Maintenance Operations Manager. He currently holds an Inspection Authorization, is RII and Airworthiness Release qualified, and is factory trained on several models of aircraft. He has a strong background in manual development and was instrumental in helping Mountain Aviation obtain FAA approval to operate aircraft under FAR 135.411(a)(2) rules. Corey also finds time to raise two great kids and sneak away for bike and motorcycle rides in the Colorado mountains where he grew up.

Malachi O’Neill

Manager of Business Development

Malachi has been with Mountain Aviation for 6 years. He began his career at Mountain as a part-time Fuel Coordinator, moving into full-time Flight Coordinator and eventually as Flight Operations Manager before moving into his current role in Business Development. Malachi is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Aircraft Dispatcher, and Multi-Engine and Instrument-Rated Commercial Pilot. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Technology from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Minor in Meteorology. He is very active in the aviation community and with the Colorado Aviation Business Association, including being the current interim Board Member of the Industry subcommittee. Malachi’s initial aviation experience came as a hang gliding pilot and instructor near the dunes at Kitty Hawk where the Wright brothers first flew. Malachi is a dynamic team and relationship builder with Employees, Colleagues, and Clients, which is one of the keys to our business development success. He intends to start working on his golf game, but in the meantime he’s an avid fly-fisherman and reader, and enjoys physical training. In the summers he is often water-skiing or on hiking, climbing, or multi-day white water rafting & kayak trips with his family. In the winter, Malachi telemark skis while his stunningly awesome wife and three kids shred on the snowboards.

Andrew Doremus

Business Development Manager, Aspen and Western Colorado

Andrew Doremus was born and raised in Aspen Colorado and has flown everything from a glider to a BAE-146 in and out of Aspen. As a pilot his experience ranges from 121 air carrier to being a Chief Pilot, Director of Operations and a Check Airmen for 135 Air Charter operations. Andrew also started the Rifle Jet Center and Flight Department and built them into a successful full service FBO with a multi aircraft Charter company. Currently he is leading our West Slope marketing development and a line pilot in the Cessna 500 series. Growing up in the mountains he is an avid outdoorsman, who also has a love for playing hockey. He and his wife Jeanne have five boys and spend as much time as possible enjoying the Rocky Mountains.

Scott Mowrey

Manager of Safety

Scott Mowrey joined Mountain Aviation in September of 2013 and currently serves as our Manager of Safety.  With over 20 years of experience in the corporate aviation and helicopter EMS industries as a technician, manager, and leader, he has developed the ethics and professionalism required to oversee the safe operation of our growing organization.  With a Safety Management System that meets ARGUS Platinum status in place, he stays busy maturing the Mountain Aviation safety culture and ensuring that Mountain Aviation maintains it’s exceptional safety record.  In addition to numerous professional certifications in the avionics field, he holds a BS degree from MSU Denver, and is months away from earning his MBA in Project Management at the University of Colorado.  While away from work (but always on call!), he enjoys spending time with his wife Heidi and three very busy boys, road cycling, and spending time at his ranch in Summit County, Colorado.

Julian Tonsmeire

Vice President of Business Development

Julian transitioned into aviation after running a successful small mountain guiding business after completing undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado. With 13 years in aviation, he served as a Regional Airline Captain before joining Mountain in 2005 and holds an ATP pilot certificate with Beech 1900 and Citation type ratings. Julian has held a number of position at Mountain over the last 8 years including: Operations Manager and Pilot, providing him with a broad background in corporate aviation and aircraft management. Julian oversees Mountain’s talented Business Development team, specializing in sales and marketing, as well as serving a number of Mountain’s aircraft owners as their Client Advocate. Originally from Alaska, Julian loves to run, backcountry ski, climb, raft, kayak, mountain bike, and explore the mountains and desserts of Colorado and Utah with his wife and young children.

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