Our Team

Nic Cunningham

Originally from the cornfields of Minnesota, Nic Cunningham first started flying for Regal Air in 2014. The opportunity to purchase Regal Air was given to him in 2018 and the rest is history.

Beyond aviation, Nic has over 10 years working within the Alaska Cruise ship industry and was also an International Alpine/Mountain Guide. He guided clients in some of the world's most remote locations and climbed to the summits of some of the world's tallest peaks including Denali (Mt. McKinley) in Alaska and Mt. Everest in Nepal.

Nic began a career in Aviation in 2010 and has a diverse resume including crop dusting in helicopters, bush flying in Alaska, and flying the Boeing 737 for Northern Air Cargo.

Mike Laughlin

Mike Laughlin was born and raised in Alaska. Mike was raised around aviation since a small child and got his pilot’s license at 17.

Mike started his career with Regal Air as a dock hand in 1999, working for the original owners. In 2005 he attended college at Colorado State University and earned a degree in Engineering.

Tony Bannock

Tony Bannock was born and raised in Kenai Alaska. With a love for the outdoors and the travel industry Regal Air was a perfect fit.

Tony started with Regal as a seasonal dock hand in 2004. After a couple of years traveling around the state for a regional airline in Alaska

Tony came back full time in 2009. In his off time Tony enjoys flying around in his little airplane and spending time in the outdoors.

Devon Holmberg

Devon Holmberg

Born and raised in bush Alaska, where aviation is a way of life, Devon grew up in airplanes and earned his Private Pilot license at age 17. His commercial ratings soon followed, and he landed his first flying job in 2006. He remained there for 10 years, the last 4 as Chief Pilot. During that time he and a cousin also owned and operated a small air taxi, specializing in off-airport mountain flying, with a Piper Cub, Cessna 206, and Cessna 180.

Devon joined the Regal Air team for the 2014 summer season and now flies for Regal year-round. In his time off Devon enjoys flying his Cessna 182, exploring new places to land and do some fishing and camping with his wife and anyone who wants to tag along.

John Myers

A native of Ohio, John has called Alaska home since 2014. Prior to flying with Regal, John flew commuter turboprops extensively throughout the lower 48's mountain-west.

While in Alaska his flight experience has been concentrated in the state's northwest arctic region.

Bike riding, kayak paddling, mountain hiking, and book reading are some of his hobbies away from the cockpit.

Jon Survant

Jon was born and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky and fell in love with flying as a young kid riding along with his father who is a private pilot.

He moved to Alaska in 2014 to study Aviation at the University of Alaska Anchorage and has since held a variety of jobs in the industry from flight instructing to flying private jets.

When he’s not flying Jon enjoys riding dirt bikes, skiing, and being outdoors.

Brett Egeland

Brett was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska.

Growing up in Alaska gave him a well rounded outlook on what Alaska had to offer, and chose aviation in 2016. He attended University Alaska Anchorage, graduating in 2020, with a degree in aviation. Commercial fishing filled his summers in Prince William Sound for four years.

When he isn’t flying, you’ll find him fishing, at his families cabin, or on any type of watercraft.

Bryan Blouin

Bryan's passion for aviation bloomed while out on a fly fishing trip in the Bristol Bay region in 2021, where he fell in love with the De Havilland Beaver and Alaska bush flying. He joined the Regal team in the spring of 2022 and is currently working towards his Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic's certification. 

In his off time, he's usually out enjoying the Alaskan wilderness fishing, hunting, floating or climbing with his wife Ainsley and their pack of three cattle dogs.

Matthew Bethke

Matt Bethke

Originally from North Idaho Matt has been flying commercially in AK for a decade. His experience ranges from flying mail into remote bush communities of Western Alaska with a twin-engine Navajo to flying mountain climbers and scientists into the glaciers of the Alaska Range with ski-equipped Beavers and Otters. In addition to flying at Regal Matt flies aerial fire fighting aircraft across the West.

When Matt isn’t flying he is an avid skier and climber, he recently climbed the highest peak in North America, Denali and has climbed 3 of the 4 Cook Inlet volcanos. His personal airplane is a 1946 Taylorcraft which he uses to explore and access adventure in this amazing state. If you have been to the docks at Regal this summer you might have been greeted by his golden retriever Noli!