The NPH Crew

Our Owner and Pilots

    Jim Acher

    Owner, NPH

    The owner of Northern Pioneer Helicopter LLC, Jim Acher has been flying helicopters in the state of Alaska for over 30 years and is FAR Part 135 Air Carrier Certified. Jim ensures NPH provides the most efficient, cost effective and practical transportation and mobilization solutions for Alaskan residents, businesses, and government entities.

      Doug Ritchie

      Lead Pilot

      Doug Ritchie has been a pilot with Northern Pioneer for 12 years, and has experience in both the Huey UH-1B and and Huey UH-1H. Doug currently holds the title of Lead Pilot for Northern Pioneer Helicopter.

        Matt Biloff

        Director of Maintenance

        Matt Biloff  has been with Northern Pioneer Helicopter since 1998. Matt currently holds the position of Director of Maintenance at Northern Pioneer Helicopter.

        Our Office Staff

          Valery Tisch

          Office Manager

          Valery is a born and raised Alaska girl, having graduated from Service High School in Anchorage. Valery and her family currently live in Palmer. She has worked for Northern Pioneer Helicopter since 2007, and currently holds the position of Office Manager.