Testimonies from Veterans


Kurt spent a decade in the Marine Corps as a CH-53 instructor pilot and HMX-1 Executive Transport Pilot in the CH-46E, VH-3D and VH-60N.  Kurt recently transitioned to a military support role with Dyncorp as a CH-46E aircraft commander supporting operations in Afghanistan.

Kurt Thormahlen | Dyncorp
Armstrong Photo

Scott is an experienced AH-1W/Z instructor pilot with over 2400 flight hours.  Scott recently attained his CFII through the guidance of Aviation Heroes mentors and transitioned to an EMS career with EMS Air Service of New York.

Scott Armstrong | EMS Air Service of New York

Testimonies from Employers

Sarner Photo

Paradise Helicopters is veteran owned and run, from our CEO to our COO, CFO, Chief Pilot, and Director of Safety and Standardization.  Hiring well qualified military veterans as part of our team builds a level of trust and performance our company depends on to thrive.  The balance of mission accomplishment, experience, skills, and teamwork taught and reinforced in the military have proven to be a recipe for success.

Danny Sarner | Paradise Helicopters, HI
Air Methods EuroCopter

Since working in the HEMS industry since 2008 I have had the opportunity to hire and recommend for hire over a dozen former military pilots and mechanics. This industry is truly a “who you know” industry and the right networking individual’s can really help you find the best opportunity. I was hired by a retired Marine and since have enjoyed paying it forward.

Martin Fisher | Air Methods, Med Center Air, Charlotte NC