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 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 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 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.
Wendy has been in aviation for over 27 years and brings her vast background in aviation, Engineering and management skill set to our company with style! Wendy is hard working and keeps our business up and running. She not only focuses on customer satisfaction, but she keeps all of our Specialized family well taken care of. Wendy is tough skinned, level headed and has an ambitious mindset and her work tells it. Wendy enjoys flying for fun outside of work on her free time. She loves to travel the world and take on spontaneous adventures.
Chris Brenchley has been in aviation for 3 years and has been a Helicopter Charter/Tour Pilot with us for 2 years and within those 2 years he has accomplished a lot. Brenchley as we call him has a friendly, charming and welcoming attitude that draws customers to him. He is well educated and experienced in many different areas. Chris was born and raised in Saratoga, Ca. He was apart of his high school ski team for 4 years. He attended college in San Luis Obispo . Brenchley is an outdoor, up in the air kind of guy. He enjoys the beautiful scenery of the Big Sur coastline, hanging out with family, mountain biking and visiting several beaches throughout California. He will make your time with us a memorable experience !
Brian has recently completed his entire helicopter flight training course with us and was hired on immediately due to his strong helicopter skill set. He has a "can do" attitude toward getting students all they need to succeed and is here for all our clients as a resource if needed.
Xandria is the newest member to our Specialized family and we are glad to have her. She is always thinking with a customer first attitude and goes above and beyond to make sure all of our customers needs and requests are met. Xandria is a Watsonville, Ca born and raised individual with a strong willed and courageous attitude. Xandria brightens our office with her amazing smile and her friendly personality (not to mention she is a clean freak). Xandria is the head of our office and keeps us busy !
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.