The Premiere Builder Assist Facility

Our Team

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Vaden Francisco

Vaden is the owner of Synergy Air.  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 has stated 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 and is regarded as a master craftsman among his peers. 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

Allen is our lead technician at our facility in Georgia.   Allen has assisted in over 75 build.  He loves his job, saying “the years have flown by.  I love seeing new aircraft land and takeoff. 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, and hiking.


Brenden Nott

Build Assist Technician II
Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic

Brenden is is a great wrench and an excellent technician. Often requested by builders because of his work ethic. He dives right in and makes great progress in a short time. He is a graduate of the Lane Community College Aircraft Maintenance Program. 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 with Vaden, a Bell Helicopter 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 is well versed with our Empennage Classes and builds and is rapidly developing new skills to assist builders in finishing of their planes. In his spare time, Taylor enjoys hunting and fishing and giving Brenden a hard time.

Mandy Dowling-Finzer

Build Assist Technician
Metal Prep and Fabrication

Mandy comes to us from a field that demands precision and attention to detail. She is a great addition to our Build Assist Team and is an asset to our repair and maintenance arm of the business. In her spare time, Mandy enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, fishing and riding dirt bikes.

Jim Rose

Painter Extraordinaire
Metal Prep and Fabrication

Jim comes with a background in body work and paint. He has quickly become an invaluable asset to our desire to be a one stop shop. His attention to detail and desire to make your vision a reality, sets him apart. In his spare time, Jim likes to work on projects at home, hunt, fish and cook.

Jonathan Rush

Build Assist Technician

Jonathan comes to us with a background in machining and problem solving. He is an excellent craftsman and treats your plane as if it were his own. 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

A&P Mechanic
Build Assist Technician II
Composite and Finish

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
Fit and Finish

Phillip works closely with Jim in getting your plane to that point where you can’t believe how good it can look. He comes to us with a background in building and designing racing frames. Phil’s favorite plane would be the WW2 RAF planes that had a Rolls Royce Merlin Engine, he is after all British.  During his off time, he likes to hunt for classic cars with his dad, doing word carvings and spending time with his family.

Brenna Murison

Inventory/Office Assistant

Brenna has a background in inventory tracking, shipping and receiving, and she has integrated herself into becoming an invaluable part of the team. Her favorite aviation quote, “Flying might not be all 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 excited to take on new projects 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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(541) 603-8175 For Eugene

(678) 854-6498 For Newnan
Located at the Eugene Airport (EUG)

90451 Boeing Drive,
Eugene, OR 97402

Commercial flights to Eugene (EUG) are available

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