JEFF POWERS spent most of his adult life in the Wasatch and ultimately learned to fly there. In 4700 hours total time, Jeff has flown all over the US to include 250 hours of heli ski operations both in the lower 48 and Alaska. Jeff is an avid back country enthusiast and for over a decade the Wasatch was his playground which he has toured extensively. Prior to becoming a pilot, Jeff spent 11 years as a cat driver at Alta. Jeff’s knowledge of the area, terrain, and clientele that seek this unique experience will ensure he is an excellent addition to your seasoned team.
ZACK ARD There are a lot of pilots that fly heli skiing in the off season, there are only a few that are true experts in the field. With over 9000 hours total time and 1800 heli ski hours Zach is one. Zach learned to fly in Idaho and has spent the majority of his career in the mountains, from Aghanistan to Alaska. Zach has flown many seasons of heli skiing in some incredible terrain and has worked with many well-respected guides. He has taken every opportunity to learn new things and now, as our heli ski training pilot and check pilot, he willingly passes along this knowledge.
ROGAN PARKER grew up skiing all over the west and called Utah home for 20 years before moving to Alaska. He learned to fly in the Wasatch and a large portion of his 6500 hours total time was spent flying in big mountains. Heli skiing combines Rogan’s two greatest passions and as the Director of Operations, heli skiing serves as his sabbatical from the office. Working with Pathfinder’s heli ski partners, Rogan works to provide terms that work for the unique operation, participates in an operational plan, and ensures successful outcomes through hands on participation.
TYLER STURDEVANT from an early age, followed in his father’s footsteps by learning the aviation industry inside and out. Tyler demonstrated his dedication to becoming a professional aviator by obtaining his pilot license at 17, the earliest age possible. The 9,500+ hours that he has accumulated include both fixed and rotary wing. Tyler is also one of the advanced instructors at Precision, with expertise in teaching on subject matter including vertical reference, mountain flying, congested area operations, and instrument proficiency training. Once again, Tyler was tested at the earliest age possible and earned his USFS (United States Forest Service) AMD card, thus giving him the ability to transport any Federal worker in support of the USFS and other state agencies in some of the most remote mountainous terrain in the U.S.
- BENJAMIN NEEL, Growing up in rough and tumble South Providence, RI, first took to aviation as a way to stay off the streets and out of trouble. And maybe because he quit his high school baseball team and his parents told him to find a new activity and quit hanging around the house. Two years later, Ben had burned through all his savings, and, armed with a fresh pilots’ license and a high school diploma, he promptly stopped flying, went to college, dropped out of college, became a ski bum, went back to college, and subsequently dropped out again. After time spent at the controls of cars, boats, planes, motorcycles, forklifts, and a litany of others, it was time to dust off the old pilot’s license and try helicopters. Ben got his ratings, finally graduated college with a degree in Aviation Science, went to work for a flight school, then an aerial photography company, then flew power line inspections throughout the Lower 48, before finally making it to Alaska, where he’s been flying for the last 6 years. Throughout the years, flying helicopters has been, and continues to be, a very rewarding occupation for Ben, bringing together his love of vehicles, beautiful vistas, and downtime for naps, as he continues to strive towards his dream of someday becoming a stay at home dad.
TY BURLINGHAM, Chief Pilot at Precision since summer 2016, has grown up around business, back country, and snow in the Willamette Valley. His plan was to become a 4th generation business owner of a company started by his great grandfather in 1941. While attending Oregon State University Ty’s father sold the family business, which altered his path into Aviation. He graduated from Silver State Helicopters in Salem, Oregon in 2007, and went to work for a small helicopter company in Aurora, OR. After Spending two years there, and becoming the Director of Flight Training, he moved on to become a co-pilot at Columbia Helicopters. After a logging and fire season as a co-pilot in the CH-107II Helicopters he moved on to the Powerline Industry with Haverfield Aviation out of Gettysburg, PA. Ty spent almost 3 years with Haverfield gaining valuable knowledge of the MD500 series helicopters before moving on to Wilson Construction Company, based in Canby, Oregon. At Wilson Ty was able to dive further into the Helicopter Powerline world and gained more valuable skills using precision long-line techniques. He has flown in 7 countries, from sea level to 14,000’ DA completing numerous missions from the depths of the Antarctic, to the islands of Alaska. When Ty isn’t flying, he enjoys being on the mountain skiing, snowboarding, or off-roading in the winter months, and riding motorcycles in the summer.