FLIGHT STAFF

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

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

Helicopter Charter / 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 - Airplane Flight Instructor - Helicopter Gold Seal Flight Instructor Helicopter Charter / Tour Pilot

Jon Thornton
Chief Flight Instructor - Airplane
Flight Instructor - Helicopter
Gold Seal Flight Instructor

Helicopter Charter / 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 Flight Instructor - Helicopter

Tom Parker
Flight Instructor - Airplane
Flight Instructor - 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 obtained 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 Henrichsen Flight Instructor - Helicopter Helicopter Tour Pilot

Paul Henrichsen
Flight Instructor - Helicopter
Helicopter Tour Pilot

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.


Aaron Hittle Flight Instructor - Helicopter Helicopter Charter / Tour Pilot

Aaron Hittle
Flight Instructor - Helicopter
Helicopter Charter / Tour Pilot

Aaron is an accomplished instructor as well as charter and tour pilot. His personality is a great addition the scenery he is often found flying over.



Jacob Miller Flight Instructor - Airplane

Jacob Miller
Flight Instructor - Airplane

Jacob has been flying for nearly 20 years. His expertise in teaching will help you to safely and efficiently earn your pilot's license in no time.


JR Warmkessel Flight Instructor - Airplane

JR Warmkessel
Flight Instructor - Airplane


Mike Nelson Airplane Tour Pilot

Mike Nelson
Airplane Tour Pilot


OFFICE STAFF


Cody Clifton Front Office

Cody Clifton
Front Office

Cody is one of the smiling faces in the front office of Specialized Helicopters and will work diligently to schedule your charter, tour, or flight lesson. He is also working on obtaining his Private Pilot certification.


MAINTENANCE STAFF

Bruce Hatch A&P / I.A. Maintenance Technician

Bruce Hatch
A&P / I.A. Maintenance Technician

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.


Clark Grace A&P / I.A. Maintenance Technician

Clark Grace
A&P / I.A. Maintenance Technician

Clark joined our team in 2017 and brings with him almost a decade of experience in aviation maintenance. His love for machines and focus on completing his work at the highest level is apparent in all of his assignments.


Cody LeLievre Director Of Maintenance - Helicopter A&P / I.A. Maintenance Technician

Cody LeLievre
Director Of Maintenance - Helicopter
A&P / I.A. Maintenance Technician