Meet the Pilots

Austin Helicopter’s Pilots:

Wade Amen

I started my flight training in the winter of 2005 and completed my training a year later. My first job in aviation was working as a ground instructor as I finished my Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. Once I completed my CFI, I began to work as a professional pilot in the city of Houston. I now fly tours and teach future pilots here in my home town of San Antonio.
One of the awesome experiences that I was fortunate to complete during my years as a commercial pilot was that I was hired to ferry a Robinson R-44 from Houston to Brazil. I flew down the Caribbean chain, Island hopping my way to South America. I flew through the Bermuda Triangle, landed in the Amazon jungle and flew over the Amazon River. I will never forget the beautiful waters and vacation atmosphere that I incurred while “working”.
My most favorite question while working as a pilot has been, “Your job must be fun”. My normal response is that “ Yes it is, my office has a wonderful view”. I don’t need to put up pictures because I have an awesome panoramic right in front of me.

Ryan DeLoach

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.

Jose Corona

When Jose was 4 years old he saw a UH-1(Huey) military helicopter land near his house and decided then that he was going to be a helicopter pilot. Jose began his aviation career in 2006 doing agriculture work and flight instruction. In 2013 he joined the Austin team instructing and giving tours. Known for his smile and wit; he is sure to make your experience with Austin Helicopters very memorable.


Debbie Galvan

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!


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 Carrie Schwausch

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!