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helicopter company with two fl ight school locations (and a third on the horizon), 135 and 141 certifi cates, gold seal CFII, ATP, and DPE, but the truth is this: The greatest accomplishment is having the opportunity to inspire people of all ages and all disciplines through my career. I love hearing, “I wish I could do that.”


It’s then


amazing to be able to show people how they can “do that.” I also fi nd it rewarding when my students make it into careers in the fi eld, and other schools and businesses reach out to hire our students because they’re great CFIs and great pilots.


RPMN: Have you ever had an “Oh, crap” moment in a helicopter? Can you summarize what happened?


Yes, surviving the fi rst two years of business! Every day is an “Oh, crap” moment until momentum takes hold in any business, especially when you have helicopters to pay for. Also, as


my fellow CFIs know, every student is happy to deliver an “Oh, crap” moment every day. That is why teaching is so valuable; students teach us how to anticipate the unexpected and be prepared for the worst. Experience is not just about how much “stick time” a pilot has; it’s also about the depth of knowledge a pilot has built by experiencing challenging situations.


RPMN: If you could give only ONE piece of advice to a new helicopter pilot, what would it be?


Teach—while always learning. Teaching hones life-saving techniques. Keep your mind open; never become complacent. Mitigate risk and make wise decisions; never do something just because you can. Don’t just learn how to pass a test; learn how to be a good, safe pilot. I guess that’s more than one piece of advice, but it’s all along the same lines!


RPMN: In your view, what is the greatest challenge for the helicopter industry at this moment in time?


One of the biggest hurdles for any business is to adapt with the market as times change. This industry is ever changing. Finding ways to seamlessly integrate changing regulations, equipment, technology, and more into our daily workfl ow as fast as possible so that business doesn’t slow down, that is one of our biggest challenges.


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