FLIGHT STAFF

Chris Gularte Director of Operations / Chief Pilot / Chief Flight Instructor-Helicopter Charter Pilot/ Tour pilot

Chris Gularte
Director of Operations / Chief Pilot /
Chief Flight Instructor-Helicopter

Charter Pilot/ Tour pilot

Chris likes to tell people that he started flying the central coast of California at age 6, but that he started flying helicopters in 1992. After 8 years of commercial flying and working across the country he became interested in the airshow industry where he received a Level 1 - Unrestricted Formation Aerobatic Competency Card and flew five years for the popular helicopter acrobatic team "Showcopters". He also managed their airshow and sponsor relations, and was the youngest helicopter performer/ member of the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS). Chris founded Specialized Helicopters at the Watsonville, CA airport in July of 2005 with 1 R22 helicopter.

He began teaching helicopter students in 1997 and remains an active flight instructor today.
    Over the years, Chris has spear headed all of the innovation at Specialized Helicopters. From the R22-GT glass cockpit trainer to the aerial "cloud" display system. He also offers his clients a strong background in both aviation business and helicopter operations, consulting and business development with innovation and expertise.


Jon Thornton Chief Flight Instructor Airplanes "Gold Seal Flight Instructor" 135 Helicopter Charter pilot/ Tour pilot

Jon Thornton
Chief Flight Instructor Airplanes "Gold Seal Flight Instructor"
135 Helicopter Charter pilot/ Tour pilot

Jon has been a local California pilot for 30 years and has a blend of experience in business aviation and has earned his CFI, MEI and ATP. Jon also earned the FAA "Gold Seal" flight instructor rating by more than 80% of his students passing the check ride on their first try. Jon has trained many pilots all the way from light sport to the highest level of ATP Multi Engine and takes pride in safe, though and professional instruction.

He is not only an airplane CFII but also has his commercial Helicopter Ratings. His friendly and professional manner make him the perfect educator and an all around enjoyable person to learn to fly with.
 


Tom Parker Flight Instructor Airplane & Helicopter

Tom Parker
Flight Instructor Airplane & Helicopter

Tom has over 30,000 hours of aviation experience. Most of that time was accumulated with United Airlines where he ended his career flying the Boeing 777 as a check airman.

His extensive aviation background offers students world class training from a very broad view. Tom has flown many aircraft in his career and attained his helicopter ratings over 10 years ago. He now plays an active flight instructor roll with Specialized Helicopters and is available for flight training in both airplanes and helicopters.


Paul is one of everyone's favorite people here at Specialized. His love for helicopters coupled with over 10 years of flying and instructing in them, makes him a fantastic person to take to the air with.

He has over 4,000 hours and makes learning to fly easy and fun. His local knowledge and entertaining style make for a great tour experience for everyone.


Ken Fohel Flight Instructor Helicopter Charter Pilot/ Tour Pilot

Ken Fohel
Flight Instructor Helicopter
Charter Pilot/ Tour Pilot

Ken is one of our flight instructors in helicopters and also works as a tour and charter pilot. Ken is an exceptional flight instructor and also offers a smooth and direct approach to flight training.



Aaron Hittel Office Manager / Customer Relations / Dispatch / 

Aaron Hittel
Office Manager / Customer Relations / Dispatch / 

Aaron has a helicopter aviation background and can answer most if not all of your questions.


MAINTENANCE STAFF

Bruce Hatch Director of Maintenance-IA

Bruce Hatch
Director of Maintenance-IA

With over 40 years of aviation maintenance experience and a vast collection of factory and airframe specific training, Bruce is one of the top General aviation mechanics in the area. He has a track record of quality work that goes back more than 30 years, and his number one priority is to keep the aircraft in his care flying perfectly.


Jeremy Holderman A&P Maintenance Technician

Jeremy Holderman
A&P Maintenance Technician

Jeremy joined our team in 2012 with a background in motorcycle, auto and aviation maintenance. His love for aviation and focus on completing his work at the highest levels is apparent in all of his assignments.