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 Henrichsen is our senior Helicopter Instructor here at Specialized with over 6,000 hours logged. He has trained numerous cadet pilots for the Santa Cruz Police, Sheriff and California Highway Patrol departments who are currently keeping our communities safe from the skies. When he isn’t training student pilots, law enforcement officers or flying tours, he spends time with his wife creating beautiful art and riding massive waves surfing off the beaches of Monterey Bay. He is currently training a new group of San Jose County Police Officers cadets to be pilots. He’s a native to the Monterey area and ask him to be your tour pilot. His knowledge will blow your mind away on the local hidden facts about movie stars and movies filmed in the area.




  Brian Stroh   Flight Instructor - Helicopter Helicopter Tour Pilot

Brian Stroh
Flight Instructor - Helicopter
Helicopter Tour Pilot

Brian Stroh was in our Specialized Part 141 “Zero to Hero” helicopter career program and completed the two-year program in just about a year! With all his hard work, studying and training he is our primary flight instructor and recently became our charter pilot in record timing. When Brian isn’t training helicopter student pilots, flying tours, flying charter flights, he spends time with his wife and two dogs.



  Mike Nelson   Airplane Tour Pilot

Mike Nelson
Airplane Tour Pilot


OFFICE STAFF


  Anthony Amador   Office Manager / Flight Support Operations

Anthony Amador
Office Manager / Flight Support Operations

Anthony Amador is a Navy veteran who proudly served our country as radio operator for nuclear submarines. He received his A.S. in Computer Science from Manchester Community College and he is in our Part 141 “Zero to Hero” flight training program working towards his B.S. in Aeronautical Science in Rotary Wing. When he is not here, Flying or handling our flight operations , he is learning Pilipino and how to ski at near by Lake Tahoe. He is currently working toward his career goal of becoming an Emergency Medical Service (EMS) helicopter pilot.


MAINTENANCE STAFF


  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 A&P / Inspection Authorized

Cody LeLievre
Director Of Maintenance
A&P / Inspection Authorized


  Nick Ahumada  Aircraft  Parts / Maintenance On-boarding

Nick Ahumada
Aircraft Parts / Maintenance On-boarding