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Gullotti, one of the Chief Pilots at Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters.

I reconnected with

my friends in an effort to catch up since we had seen each other last, and also to learn more about the hiring process at Papillon.

I introduced

myself to Mike Gullotti and asked if I could visit his operation in Boulder City while I was in town for the conference. He agreed to set an appoint- ment with me for two days later. On the second day of the conference, I saw

felt pressure, being out of work at the time, to make something happen. The event motivated me to speak to as many people as I could. The first afternoon prior to HeliSuccess

kicking off, they hold an FAA Safety Team (FAAST) meeting and Social Hour afterwards. Following the FAAST meeting and Social Hour, I met several new people from the industry, and subsequently I was invited to dinner. I was happy when I realized we would be having dinner with several of the presenters of the conference.

particularly enjoyed listening to Barry Lloyd, Ops Manager of CALFIRE and 44-year veteran of the industry, tell his stories as we ate that night. On day one of the conference, I spoke with

several friends I knew from my previous employ- er/flight school who were

there with Mike

Mike Gullotti in the conference room where the job fair was to be held.

I re-introduced myself, I

and confirmed our appointment for the following day. Interestingly, one of my pilot mentors, Mike Franz, noticed I was speaking with Mr. Gullotti and excused himself from the conversation he was having and joined us. Mike Franz informed Mr. Gullotti that we had conducted two very long ferry flights in an EC120, and provided a brief summary of the training he had given me during these flights. The following day I met with Mike Gullotti

in his office. He reviewed my resume, and asked me a few questions. I believe it was helpful that I knew several of his current employees from flight school.

He appeared to give the recom- mendation from Mike Franz a lot of credit as


I was

informed that official


would begin in January. I was subsequently interviewed, went through the hiring process and offered a pilot position at Papillon Airways. The HeliSuccess conference was helpful

because it draws a large group of pilots together. This alone is fun and an opportunity to learn first-hand what is going on in other areas of the industry. I was impressed with the many presen- tations and the level of training and experience the presenters had gained.

an interest in the younger

experience for me to see these types of people take

It was a positive generation.

Because this is not a ‘get your training and there will be a job waiting for you’ industry, the jour- ney is tough and can become discouraging.


was very motivating for me to hear the presen- ter’s success stories, encouraging messages, and tips for succeeding in the helicopter industry…and landing a new job out of the event was not a bad deal either!” ◆

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