Las Vegas's Premier Flying Club - Giving You A Reason to Fly!

Meet the Team

Club Board of Directors:

Nathan Whittacre

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 airplanes.

Darcy Wood

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 trade show installations all over the US, and runs a 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!

Mark Thome
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.
Joe Forti

Joe Forti has been a pilot as long as he’s been an Air Traffic Controller. After attending the University of North Dakota, he joined the FAA in 2014 and currently works at McCarren Intl Airport in the tower serving as his second assignment. He was also assigned to Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ for a year and a half as his first duty location. He currently has a private certificate and enjoys flying all across the desert southwest. Aside from aviation, Joe is an avid snow skier making multiple trips to Salt Lake City every year and enjoys hockey, baseball, and golf.

Joanna Smardz
Club Administrator

Joanna just moved to Vegas in April from Boston where she got her Private Pilot License. Her passion for aviation started while working for Virgin America as a customer service agent who got to deice a jet and had a lesson of “what do all these buttons do” in the Airbus A320 cockpit. After that she took to the skies as a flight attendant for United Airlines and finally went for it and got into GA. She grew up in Poland so flying isn’t just fun and exciting, but it also allows her to see her family in Europe. In her free time she enjoys cuddling with her Great Pyranese/Hound mix Lucy and hiking with her fiance. Getting her instrument rating is next on her list, but right now she will be using all her flight attendant skills to try and make everyone happy here at DFC. 


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