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Meet Our Club Officers


"Lot's of Combined Experience

Helping in Lot's of ways"


President - Paul Chastain

​As a graduate from the U.S Air Force Academy Paul brings a wealth of aviation knowledge and experience.


While at the academy Paul was involved in the Air Force glider program and after graduation he flew C-130's.

In private life Paul is a captain with Southwest Airlines and helps guide our flying club.


Vice President - James Smith


"Smitty" is a CFII - Certified Flight Instructor, Instruments.  He is also a First Officer with a regional airline. 

​​James is VERY involved in local aviation groups:

  • Has served as guest speaker at EAA chapter meetings on the topics of "RC Modeling/Drones" and "Reasons to Join a Flying Club". 

  • Operates static model jet displays and flight simulators at Young Eagle rallies.

  • Started the NRMS Model Aviation Club and the Richland Area Youth Model Aviation Club, winning the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Distinguished Education Outreach Award in 2010. 

  • Was involved in incorporating and chartering the "North Texas Jet Club" a gas turbine radio control club based at Texas Motor Speedway.

Secretary/Treasurer - Tom Barry


Tom is a manager with United Rentals Power and HVAC.  He brings extensive leadership, project management and support skills to our club.

As treasurer Tom handles club finances, collecting the income and paying the bills.

Tom is also very involved in monitoring inspections, oil change schedules and "squawks" for the club planes, often helping "hands on" in getting the work done.  His extensive knowledge of mechanical stuff and willingness to help is a very much appreciated part in keeping our planes up and flying.

Tom's son - Tyler was the last "young Eagle" to fly with Nate and the inaugural president of the Nate Abel Flying Club.  Tyler graduated with honors from the University of North Dakota in Dec 2019. He is currently a Commercial Flight Instructor, Instrument at UND building his flight hours. Tyler plans to fly for an airline.

Maintenance Officer  - John "Pops" Abel


Pop's is a FAA certified A&P aviation mechanic and IA. He is in charge of maintenance for the clubs airplanes. 


He joined the Army serving in Vietnam (Aircraft Recovery), as well as, Desert Storm (MedEvac) retiring from the military in 1991, he then went to work for the FAA, eventually retiring (again) in 2012.

POP's currently owns a Cessna 172 and a Yak 52. He has owned a Bonanza, Fokker dr-1 kit, Cessna 150 Aerobat, Cessna 195, an experiential category biplane and a Beech Travelair.  His extensive experience makes him uniquely qualified to lead us in safely maintaining our planes in top flying condition.

Pop's is also active with the AOPA's Young Eagles program.

(Note: "Barb" and "Pop's" Abel are the parents of Nate.  They have been very helpful in getting our club started and continue to contribute to the success of the NAFC.  Thanks for all they do...)

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