The Premiere Builder Assist Facility

Our Team

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Vaden Francisco

Vaden is the new owner of Synergy Air. In his first year at the company he has seen both the growth and potential and has jumped into this endeavor with both feet. Formerly a business and aviation attorney he has a long history in aviation. Prior to practicing law he operated a Part 145 helicopter repair station, improving and selling Bell 205 helicopters. During that time he also became a helicopter pilot. He is married and spends his spare time shuttling two teenagers around. When that isn’t occupying all his free time he also enjoys ice hockey, hunting, and fishing. He remarked that the people he has the privilege of working with at Synergy Air are the best class and quality of people he’s worked with in all his businesses.

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Phil Sahnow

Build Assist Technician III
Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic
Avionics Technician

Phil has been with Synergy Air since 2007. His favorite aircraft is either the DeHavilland Gypsy Moth or the Hornet Moth, and he is especially a fan of the folding wing bi-plane concept. When he is not assisting builders at Synergy Air, Phil can be found flying radio controlled airplanes, pursuing his interest in small wooden rowboats and sailboats, and spending “family time” with his wife and three kids.

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Allen K. Nelson

Build Assist Technician III
Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic, licensed since 2012
Aircraft builder
Safety team member
Quality assurance
Assisted in over 75 aircraft builds

Allen has been with Synergy Air since 2011. He loves his job, saying “the years have flown by.  Literally, the first flights are awesome! I love seeing new aircraft land and takeoff from the EUG airport. The most impressive have been the presidential fleet when Obama visited and taking a ride in a B-17 Flying Fortress. I really enjoy meeting interesting new people in aviation from across the globe and in some cases, helping them complete a dream.” His favorite aircraft is the F15 Eagle and he stands by the motto “always exceed the standard”, especially when it comes to Builders Assistance. Allen’s hobbies include beekeeping, classic cars, fishing, hunting, hiking, and generally exploring Oregon and the Willamette Valley region.

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Ryan Marshall

Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic
RV-12 S-LSA Production Manager
RV-12 Lead Mechanic

Ryan has been with Synergy since 2013. He is an A&P Mechanic and a licensed private pilot. Ryan enjoys horseback riding, he has three horses that he trains and is currently building his own RV-8. Ryan leads our RV-12 team and also helps with our build assist program. His favorite flying story is when he enjoyed his first licensed flight with his Dad and they returned safely, much to his dad’s surprise.


Brenden Nott

Build Assist Technician II
Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic

Brenden is one of our most recent additions to the team here at Synergy. He is a graduate of the Lane Community College Aircraft Maintenance Program and just passed his testing to become an A&P.  Brenden enjoys hunting and fishing and will always let us know when and where the fish are biting.

Julie Hubbard

Office Manager/Executive Assistant

Julie has been with Synergy since fall of 2016. Her love for aviation took her into the Army, where she was a Flight Operations Coordinator. Julie spent five years working at Heli-Trade, a Bell Service Station, where she was the Inventory Specialist. During her off time, Julie likes to spend time with her boxer, Digger and she enjoys painting and the beach.

Taylor Westerman

Build Assist Technician
Metal Prep and Fabrication

Taylor joined Synergy in January 2017.  While new to the aviation industry Taylor is fast becoming a valued employee with Synergy.  In his spare time, Taylor enjoys hunting and fishing.

Mandy Dowling-Finzer

Build Assist Technician
Metal Prep and Fabrication

Mandy has been with Synergy since spring of 2017. She is a great addition to our RV-12 S-LSA production team. In her spare time, Mandy enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, fishing and riding dirt bikes.

Jim Rose

Build Assist Technician
Metal Prep and Fabrication

Jim joined Synergy Air spring of 2017. Jim comes with a background in body work and paint. He has quickly become an invaluable asset to our RV-12 S-LSA production team. In his spare time, Jim likes to work on projects at home, hunt, fish and cook.

Jonathan Rush

Build Assist Technician

Jonathan joined Synergy Air in 2017.  Jonathan enjoys build drones and uses them for photography and videography.  In his spare time, Jonathan likes to explore all the different types of fishing that Oregon has to offer.  Camping, fishing and hiking with his son’s and enjoying small town life with his wife and kids.

Eric Krueger

Build Assist Technician II

Eric has been with Synergy Air since spring of 2017.  As Eric states, “I like ‘Fast Glass’ – Glasair, Lancair, Terragone and low & slow flying cross-country”.  In his spare time, Eric enjoys biking, hiking and walking.

Phillip Hawkins

Build Assist Technician

Phillip is the newest to the Synergy Air family.  My favorite plane would be the WW2 RAF planes that had a Rolls Royce Merlin Engine.  During his off time, he likes to hunt for classic cars with his dad, doing word carvings and spending time with his family.

Brady Devon

Build Assist Technician

Brenna Murison

Inventory/Office Assistant

Brenna is our newest addition to Synergy Air. With a background in inventory tracking, shipping and receiving, she has integrated herself into becoming an invaluable part of the team. Her favorite aviation quote, “Flying might not ball plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price” Amelia Earheart.  In her spare time, Brenna likes spend time outdoors, long drives through the mountains and spending time with her two dogs, Diesel and Sam.

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Wally, founder of Synergy Air, formed the company in 2002. Wally is known as the ‘godfather’ of the RV build assist program and enjoys working with builders to help them reach their dream of building and flying their own airplane. Wally and his wife Neda retired from making jewelry to going full throttle in to helping others build airplanes. Wally is currently working on his Super Cub and enjoys fishing and mentoring his grandchildren. Wally has been instrumental in building a premier program where RV builders can have a professional shop and experienced teachers help them build a top notch airplane to enjoy for years.

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Located at the Eugene Airport (EUG)

90451 Boeing Drive,
Eugene, OR 97402

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