When did you become a commercial Helicopter Pilot? March 2022

How did you get into flying Helicopters? As a kid I always had a fascination with helicopters and seeing as I grew up here in the Barossa Valley, I had watched Barossa Helicopters fly around the region since I was a young lad. I actually went on my first scenic flight in a helicopter with Goose over our family farm.
From there I travelled overseas, living in America and Canada for a few years and after seeing helicopters being used for so many purposes it furthered my interest with them and when I returned, I finally set out to get my licence

What was training like? I completed my training on the Sunshine Coast, QLD. It was tough and had lots of theory and exams that had to be passed before you could start to fly. Soon as I started flying it all became worth it and I enjoyed every part of my training.

Did you always want to become a pilot? I was always interested in becoming a pilot but was always busy with racing and travelling and so took me a while to save up enough money to afford the licence.

Most memorable flight to date? I was living over in Western Australia working for a helicopter company and was on a cattle station mustering. It was my first experience mustering cattle from the air, I have always been on the ground mustering but to be in the air mustering was an unforgettable experience.

Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? I would like to continually further my career and have the opportunity to step into bigger aircrafts and enter into aerial/utility work.

What aircraft can you fly? R22, R44

What other things do you do? I have raced motorcycles my entire life and so love to get out on the bikes as much as possible as well as love to get out camping, hiking and four wheel driving