Board of Directors
Sven Lincke - President
Sven runs a small Pacific Northwest based family business in the construction materials industry and represents new Cessna aircraft sales in south central Alaska. An instrument rated pilot and aircraft owner, he enjoys the combination of small business and general aviation and promotes both with enthusiasm. He has lived on three continents, but chooses to reside in Anchorage for the mountains, nature, aviation, friends and community he has found there.
Please contact him at 907-250-0172 or email below.
John M. Dahlen - Vice President
Member-In-Charge of AK State Gaming Permit #1343
John is a 40 year Alaskan resident who earned his private pilot license in 1981 and is employed with FedEx Express as a Sort Ops Team Leader at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. He brings to the association his experience in project planning/coordination; coalition-building; and interpretation, application, & development of state regulations. He has been involved with organizing & implementing large volunteer projects including 8 years as the Race Start Coordinator for the Iditarod, and the volunteer Coordinator for the 2009 World Beard & Moustache Championship. He states, “Serving on the Board is an opportunity to give back to the Association and the aviation community so that others in the future are able to enjoy the freedom of flying I have enjoyed. I welcome your ideas on how to make the Association even better!”
Please contact him at (907) 830-5889 or via the e-mail link below.
Nick Kellar - Treasurer
Nick is an aviation enthusiast earning his wings in 1975 holding land and sea ratings. He and his wife Donna have lived in Alaska since 2001 with their three children. Nick works for BP as their Regional Project Services Manager for Alaska projects. He has volunteered on numerous boards including AACE where he was the VP of administration and flew as member of the CAP Polaris search and rescue squadron. He remains an active supporter of veterans’ programs (Wounded, and Frosty warriors and AF-YMCA). Nick states that he no longer fly’s but takes great pleasure in watching his son progress as an A&P and commercial pilot at UAA. He wants to concentrate his efforts towards creating lower costs alternatives for younger pilots to own and operate planes and he sees that Alaska Airmen Association can take a positive role in this area.
Dennis Bedford - Secretary & Southeastern Director
A Southeast Alaska native, Dennis grew up in Auke Bay a community located 12 road miles north of Juneau. Growing up in a “flying” family, it was logical he would join in the footpath of his father who was a mechanic for Alaska Coastal Airlines and aircraft owner. He attended Montana State University where he earned his private pilot ticket and a degree in mechanical engineering . He later attended the University of Washington earning a degree in Industrial Engineering. Dennis owns five airplanes, four of which he rebuilt from salvaged aircraft. He immensely enjoys his involvement in general aviation and has a strong desire to help preserve what we have now and pass it on to future generations.
Doug was born in Minnesota and after growing up between MN and AK, he moved north for good at 18 to escape the cold! He graduated with an aeronautical engineering degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1990 and was subsequently selected for USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training for the 168th Air Refueling Wing/Alaska Air National Guard just outside of Fairbanks.
Originally hired in 2000 by Northwest Airlines (now Delta Air Lines) flying Cargo 747’s based in Anchorage, he worked as the Director of Operations in his guard unit and as an airline pilot at Delta until retiring from the Air Guard in 2012.
Having a background in military and airline flying, his main passion lies in general aviation. A pilot since he was 17, he has owned three airplanes including one of the remaining Piper PA-14’s still flying. Wanting to promote and retain the privileges we enjoy as airmen in the Last Frontier, his wife, Heather is a seasoned flyer and comes from an aviation family, son Caleb (also an AK Airmen’s Member) is a Sophomore at UND studying Professional Aviation and then there’s the family dog, ‘Piper’, of course!
Honored to be selected as a Board member, he is hoping his experience can contribute to the promotion and retention of the privileges we enjoy as Alaska Airmen.
If you want to contact him, email is best, otherwise you may have to call his satellite phone as he and his family are usually ‘off the grid’ on Lake Iliamna. When you do get an answer, don’t be surprised to hear “FISH ON” when he answers!
Kevin is a bush pilot in Alaska and a board member of the Alaska Airmen Association.
Edgar Blatchford is an associate professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage where he teaches in journalism, communication, and Alaska Native Studies. He was born in Nome and raised in Seward. Edgar is a former mayor of Seward and is a two-time member of the Cabinet of Governors Hickel and Murkowski. He has a long and deep interest in the transportation of the north and knows very well how important aviation is to rural and urban Alaska. His doctorate is from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.