Because we are a non-profit organization, we are run by a volunteer staff, mostly. Members come & go to the clubhouse, and there is usually someone there Wednesdays 3-7pm & Saturdays 8am-12pm. This is subject to change, however. Please contact us prior to coming by to make sure someone will be available for you!
Kevin Kirkendall is a Certified Public Accountant, Forensic Economist and Certified Fraud Examiner. He founded and continues to operate Kirkendall Consulting Group which specializes in litigation consulting in economic damages relating to commercial damages, fraud and wage loss matters. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah State University and an MBA from Idaho State University. Kevin and his wife, Deana, are in the process of raising their 6 children which takes most of their spare time. As a relatively new pilot Kevin is gradually introducing each of his children to aviation as time allows. Together Kevin, Nathan and Brendan founded Desert Flying Club in July of 2015.
VP / CFO
Nathan Whittacre is the Founder and CEO of Stimulus Technologies; originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1988, making it his new hometown. With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science, Nathan founded Stimulus Technologies in 1995 with a goal to provide high technology solutions for his customers. His passion for innovation, analyzing hard issues, creating solutions and fixing problems has created a portfolio with a wide variety of Information Technology skills. When Nathan is not helping his customers or narrating stories of his missionary work in Peru, he enjoys spending time with his wife and five children, camping, running, biking, volunteering at church and flying his airplane.
Chief Flight Officer
Patrick is a businessman and pilot. He has been flying since age 15, and keeps busy flying professionally and as a digital marketing consultant and general business consultant. Eventually Patrick wants to start or buy a business & loves leadership and everything related to entrepreneurship. He instructs because he loves sharing his passion for flying & wants to see Desert Flying Club grow to over 100 members!
Darcy completed his B.A. in theatrical design at California State University Fullerton, and began his career working on the stages and film sets of the Greater Los Angeles area. His accomplishments allowed him to land a coveted position in the stunt rigging department for Franco Dragon's 'Le Reve', where he worked behind the scenes to safely put on over 3,000 performances of the water spectacular. Today, Darcy supervises Rope Access operations and rescue for North America's largest producing oil field in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Darcy also owns an upstart Rope access company, providing maintenance and access solutions to the Las Vegas area high rises. He looks forward to helping Desert Flying Club grow a local community of pilots centered around the joy and challenge of aviation!
Board of Directors Member
Mark “Thunder” Thome is a Veteran of the USAF encompassing 22 years of aircraft maintenance and many hours of backseat time in multiple fighter aircraft. Assignments included Technical School Instructor, The USAF Thunderbirds, 4477 th Red Eagles, and Red Flag Maintenance Liaison. Retired from the Air Force in 1999 and retired from the Clark County School District in 2014 after teaching AFJROTC at Palo Verde High School. Has been involved in General Aviation since 1985 and has a Private Certificate, seriously considering an Instrument Certificate.