Doug Smithson

Doug Smithson

President & Co-Founder

With a passion for aviation sparked by flying with his grandfather as a child, Doug founded Big Sky Aviation in 1998 along with his wife, Beth.  He recognized the need for a reliable, professional and safety minded fixed base operator at Millville Airport.  Doug serves as President of Big Sky Aviation and is also a stockbroker and managing partner at a financial investment firm.

Beth Smithson

Beth Smithson

Owner Operator & Co-Founder

Working in the office, Beth enjoys handling client requests and specializes in creative problem solving in all aspects of the business.  She also oversees human resources ,  corporate and private client services, property management and accounts payable and receivable.  She is the testing center supervisor for the CATS testing center located on site. She and her husband, Doug, co-founded the business in 1998.

Jeff Granato

Jeff Granato

FBO Operations Administrator

Jeff coordinates the day to day FBO operations including administration of corporate flight logistics, flight training, safety, and new employee training programs.  Jeff works hand in hand with local and federal entities to ensure continued compliance in all we do and in keeping our operation the safest that it can be.   He is also a proctor in our CATS testing center.

Beginning his career at Big Sky in 1999, Jeff has been here since almost the beginning and works hard every day to ensure that things are done right.  Please never hesitate to reach out to him for assistance with your aviation needs.

Rob Ingraham

Rob Ingraham

Maintenance Coordinator

Rob works as an FAA certified Airframe and Powerplant mechanic in our maintenance department.  In addition to addressing the maintenance needs of our customers, Rob coordinates all maintenance of the Big Sky rental fleet aircraft.  His role is a critical one in the overall safety of our operation.  Please give Rob a call to discuss your maintenance needs – he can help with anything from oil changes to engine overhauls and everything in between.

Kevin Bertonazzi

Flight Instructor

Kevin is a FAA certified CFII.  In his capacity as a flight instructor at Big Sky Aviation, Kevin’s enthusiasm for aviation shows in his dedication to providing the highest level of flight training possible to all students.  Always looking to advance his training and bring fresh new ideas to the flight training program, Kevin spearheaded the recent addition of the Redbird MX-2 Flight Simulator lab.

Dennis Renauro

Dennis Renauro

Flight Instructor

As a FAA certified CFII, Dennis has made a career in aviation.  Working in corporate aviation, and now back to his roots and his passion – flight training.  Dennis loves training new pilots.  When he is not in his classroom at 1000 feet, Dennis can be found in the Big Sky training classroom or in the Redbird flight simulation lab.

Walt Hankinson

Walt Hankinson

FAA Certified Mechanic

As the supervisor of our maintenance department, Walt is an FAA certified Airframe and Powerplant mechanic, IA.  Retiring from the Cumberland County Aviation Academy as the program administrator, Walt brings a wide knowledge of everything aviation related.  As a teacher, Walt taught hundreds of aircraft mechanics how to do things right.  At Big Sky, he oversees our rigorous aircraft inspection programs and often implements best practices to proactively ensure safe operations at our facility.

Jeff Burton

Flight Instructor

Growing up at Big Sky, Jeff watched his dad teach many students to fly.  With his dad as his instructor, Jeff got his license young and decided to follow in his footsteps.  We are excited to have the next generation as a welcome addition to our team.  Jeff is available to teach as a part-time instructor.

Brian Sprowl

Dave Burton

Flight Instructor

Working part-time at Big Sky, Dave is a FAA certified CFII.  His thorough techniques and insistence on safety as being forefront in every step of the training process make him a great instructor.

Jim Hannum

Jim Hannum

Flight Instructor, Mechanic & Corporate Pilot

A fixture at Millville Airport, and at airports around the country through the years, Jim has worked in aviation all his life – as a corporate pilot, flight instructor and mechanic.  We rely on Jim as a valuable consultant that understands all aspects of the business.

Tim Coulter

Tim Coulter

Flight Instructor

A part-time flight instructor at Big Sky when we first opened, Tim is back and ready to help us out as a part-time CFI.  Tim enjoys primary flight instruction and recurrency flight training.  Tim is experienced in airport operations and brings with him an expertise in airports and aviation as a valuable asset to the business.

Wil Anderson

Wil Anderson

Operations

Wil can be seen refueling on the flight line and assisting customers behind the counter.  Earning his Private Pilot license at Big Sky, and now working on his Instrument rating, Wil enjoys helping customers and talking about anything related to aviation.

Brian Sprowl

Brian Sprowl

Operations

First coming through the doors at Big Sky as a student, and earning his license here, Brian is an invaluable member of the team.  As a part-time employee, Brian helps out wherever needed, but frequently handles after-hours operations.