Member Information
Name:  Dave Luers
Position:  Pilot
City:  Pierre
Term End Date:  10/30/2019
Biography:
Appointed 2015. Dave was born in Keota, Iowa. He attended Iowa State University earning a degree in Agricultural Education in 1970. Dave obtained his private pilot's license in 1978. He holds Single Engine and Multi-Engine Instrument ratings. In 1976 Dave and a partner started Agri Management, Inc., a farm management and custom farming company in Columbus, Nebraska. In 1980 he moved to Pierre to develop and manage a large irrigated farm north of Pierre. in 1983 he and his partner expanded in to pork production. In 1987 they started D&D farms, Inc. which built and operated Farrow to Finish Hog production facilities in Iowa, SD, Colorado, Nebraksa and Montana. He is a former board member of the Colorado Livestock Assn. (CLA). Dave has owned a Beechcraft Debonair, Mooney M20F, Cessna 340, and currently owns a Mooney M20J. He is a member of AOPA and SDPA.
Board Member Photo Name:  Travis Lantis
Position:  Lay Member
City:  Spearfish
Term End Date:  10/30/2019
Biography:
Appointed 2011. Travis was born in Kearney, Nebraska. He moved to Spearfish at the end of 1985 and graduated from Spearfish High School in 1989. Travis started his flight training in 1986, earning his private license 1987. In October, 1990, he started school at Shields Aviation Academy in Jacksonville FL., returning to South Dakota in June of 1991 with his Commercial, Multi, and instrument ratings. A few years later he would finish his degree from Black Hills State University and earn his Air Transport Pilot, B – 737 - 200 and 300 certificates from Higher Power Aviation, and the FAA. Since 1989, Travis has been employed as a corporate pilot by Lantis Enterprises. In 1994 Travis accepted the additional duties of vice president of business development and as of the later part of 1998, the position of Chief Executive Officer. He and his wife Amy have four children: Kassidy, Lucas, Kali, and Kayla, all living in Spearfish. Travis has over 5000 hours as a pilot.
Board Member Photo Name:  Kassidy Nelson
Position:  Pilot
City:  Elkton
Term End Date:  10/30/2019
Biography:
Appointed 2018. Kassidy grew up in Elkton, SD. He joined the US Army in 2009 after receiving a BS degree in Aviation Education from SDSU. He was assigned to the 1-6 Cavalry Regiment at Fort Riley, KS. He served as an air mission commander & unit trainer during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from 2013-14. After receiving an honorable discharge from active US Army service, he returned home to continue his service as a ND guardsman flying the UH-72 & has been flying the rural communities as fixed-wing and helicopter pilot for Avera Careflight. He’s continued his involvement in the SDSU Aviation program by sharing his experiences & insights & has been an SDSU aviation advisory board member since 2010. Kassidy’s professional aeronautical certifications include: Airline Transport Pilot – type rating Boeing 737; Commercial Pilot Privileges – airplane, helicopter & unmanned aerial systems; Certified Flight Instructor Airplane – single-engine, multi-engine & instrument airplane
Board Member Photo Name:  Robert Huggins
Position:  Pilot
City:  Sioux Falls
Term End Date:  10/30/2020
Biography:
Bob was born in Rapid City. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1979 with a degree in Aviation Management. At UND he earned his Private Pilot License. Bob's been a controller in Fargo, Rapid City, Huron and Sioux Falls (FSD). He was a controller in FSD in the 80s, and returned as a supervisor in March 2005 and was named the Air Traffic Manager (ATM) in November of 2005. While ATM, some of the highlights included helping Raven establish their facility north of FSD Airport. He helped develop instrument procedures for Avera/McKennon and Sanford Hospitals Helipads. He oversaw the development of procedures for allowing drone operations at airports. FSD developed ground breaking procedures. He went to FAA Headquarters in Washington to assist in developing procedures for controllers and pilots. The map program that is used for drone operators was developed at FSD. After 35+ years he retired. Bob and his wife Janet live in Sioux Falls.
Board Member Photo Name:  Eric Odenbach
Position:  Pilot
City:  Eureka
Term End Date:  10/30/2021
Biography:
Appointed 2012. Eric Odenbach was born in Aberdeen, SD December 10, 1975. He is a 1994 graduate of Eureka High School, a 1998 graduate of Southeast Technical Institute with a degree in Civil Engineering and a 2003 graduate of SDSU with a degree in Construction Management. Eric is president of Steadfast Farms L.L.C. and owns a pheasant hunting business named Greenway Guides. Eric and his wife Kelly have one daughter, Georgia and live on their farm north of Eureka. Eric earned his private pilot certificate in 2012 in Florida. He currently owns and flies a 1966 Piper Comanche 260B. He is a member of AOPA, SDPA and ICS.
Board Member Photo Name:  Christopher Funk
Position:  
City:  Madison
Term End Date:  10/30/2021
Biography:
Appointed 2010. Chris was born in Minneapolis, MN. He obtained Airframe / Power plant license with Inspection authorization, private, commercial, and flight instructor certificate while owning / operating Madison Aircraft LLC. Chris has been manager of the Madison Airport since 1986. He currently owns and flies a Beechcraft Bonanza, Cessna 150, 1946 Piper J3 Cub.
Name:  Rolf Johnson
Position:  Pilot
City:  Mina
Term End Date:  10/30/2021
Biography:
Appointed 2018.