From Paramedic to Commercial Pilot

2018-12-05T05:03:46+00:00Success Stories|
“Flying helicopters is a second career for me. I graduated college with a degree and licensed as a Nationally Registered Paramedic. I worked in southern New Hampshire and then eventually moved on to working in the suburbs of Boston Massachusetts. After about 12 years I realized that I needed to do something else, I received a flyer in the mail for a helicopter intro ride for $90 at a local school. I took the intro ride in a little R-22 and fell in love with helicopters as soon as we picked up into a hover. I was hooked, and the rest is history.”

I explained my frustrations regarding my lack of competence in Vertical Reference and Andre did an expert job of explaining to me what was going on and why I was having the trouble that I was having. By the way that was all done via email. We had not even talked over the phone yet. I was really hoping to see something different than what I had been previously exposed to. I knew I could long line, but for whatever reason, I just couldn’t get any traction working with the in-house instructors at the company I work for. I wanted to come out of the training with confidence that I could, in fact, fly a long line safely and efficiently, and I wanted to understand the steps necessary to flying a long line in the commercial market.

I liked the professionalism and the methodology of the training regimen. The students were held to an extremely high standard from the beginning and at no time were we allowed to slack off, regardless of how tired or frustrated we might have been. In fact, the standards got even tighter as fatigue started to set in which ultimately made us better in my opinion. In addition, I also really enjoyed the atmosphere, we weren’t customers, we were family from the minute we got to Volo. There was plenty of laughs and good times, but when it was time to get down to the business of Vertical Reference, things became very focused and very serious.

What sold me on Volo was the way Andre and Kim responded to my inquiry. The promptness and the attention to detail with which they went about was impressive.

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