Helicopter Association International
 Fall 2017

When the Chips Are Down, Helicopters Go Up | On the Ground and in the Air in Houston | Helicopters: The Heroes of Hurricane Harvey | Medical Missions in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey | Keeping the Lights On | To Protect and Serve | Riding Out the Storm | Disaster Preparedness | Responding to an Earthquake | Innovations in Aerial Firefighting | Girls in Aviation Day Inspires the Next Generation | HFI Trailblazers | President’s Message | Safety  | Maintenance | Education | Your Aviation Lawyer | Your AME | Government Affairs | Flight Path | Calendar of Events | HFI Update | Last Hover
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 Q. Your current role?

As an aircraft mechanic at a Fortune 100 company in the New York area, I am responsible for the daily airworthiness of one Sikorsky S-76C+, one Gulfstream 450, and two Gulfstream 550s.

Q. How did you decide helicopter aviation was the career for you?

I was drawn to helicopters at a young age. I grew up near Bradley International Airport and always had an interest in the aircraft that flew over our family farm. I started my helicopter career as an intern with a local insurance company on their two VIP Sikorsky S-76C+ helicopters and was hooked immediately. I enjoy the complexity and challenges

Q. What challenges you about helicopter aviation?

The newer helicopters have a lot more technology and cabin systems. You can find yourself spending more
time working on the luxuries than the mechanics.

Q. What still excites you about helicopter aviation?

Sitting in the left seat for a flight check after completing required maintenance and watching a helicopter take off after I’ve worked on it, knowing I’ve done a good job, is still exciting.

Q. Your current role?

Sundance Helicopters is a Part 135, 133, and 137 operator based in Las Vegas. I am responsible for operational  control of our fleet of 30 aircraft and 60 pilots flying from two bases, and for our charter work throughout the Southwest.

Q. Who inspires or has inspired you?

I have been fortunate to meet some amazing mentors. My first employer in the industry, Chin Tu, provided a lifetime of inspiration and advice. My current source of inspiration are the pilots and ground staff that I work with. It is a great pleasure learning from them, conspiring to achieve our objectives, and helping them reach their goals.

Q. What do you think is the biggest threat to the helicopter industry?

Access, perception, and noise concerns continue to be the biggest issues that operators in my part of the industry
will face moving forward.

Q. What challenges you about helicopter aviation?

Moving parts. Our operation depends on so many pieces of a big puzzle, all coming together at precisely the
right time to deliver an amazing product in the safest manner possible.

Q. What advice would you give to someone pursuing your path?

Treat your very first flight as a job interview. Pick a path that you can be passionate about and never accept a position that is “just a job.”

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