Austin Helicopter’s Pilots:
Ryan has seen a lot of action since he was born 26 years ago in Grandview, Texas. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 2004, and during his four years of Honorable military service, he completed two tours of duty in Iraq as a Machine Gunner.After his Honorable discharge, Ryan wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with the rest of his life, but he did know one thing: he wanted to learn how to fly helicopters.
“I liked the idea of going to work and doing something different every day. Plus, I could not see myself chained to a desk. At least with flying helicopters, my office would be at about 2000 ft! Also, it is something that not a lot of people do and I like that.”
Ryan began his training in 2008 and never looked back. He’s since completed his Private, Commercial, and Certified Flight Instructor certificates and is the Assistant Chief for Austin flight school and Part 135 charter pilot.
Ryan graduated from Everglades University where he earned working his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technology. When he’s not flying, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.
The roads of life can take you many different directions, my road took a drastic turn after my husband took me to a seminar. He was already a fixed-wing pilot and was interested in flying helicopters, as we listened to the seminar he leaned over and said “I can’t do this (he travels for his job) but you can”, and I happened to be thinking the exact same thing.Helicopters had always fascinated me but not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be a helicopter pilot and here I am 5 years later being paid to fly! So, if helicopters have ever fascinated you like they did me, go take a ride or even better take a discovery flight where you actually get to fly the helicopter. You never know where your road will take you!
Carrie’s helicopter career began in 2008 after an unexpected joyride in Alaska. With an ear-to-ear grin she stepped off the helicopter and said, “Now I know what I want to do with my life!” She began her training in 2011 while she continued to work as a firefighter for the Austin Fire Department. Now retired from firefighting, flying helicopters is her third and final career (she was an engineer before firefighting). She obtained her private, commercial and certified flight instructor certificates all through Alamo Helicopters, and is now thrilled to share the joy of flying and teaching helicopters with others!