7-Apr-2015 Source: Upper Limit Aviation
This past week thirteen Upper Limit Aviation pilots were sworn in as official “special deputies” with the Iron County Sheriff’s Department. As special deputies, the ULA pilots can now land and pick up accident victims in support of search and rescue missions for the county.
The formal title for the 13 pilots is “Iron County Special Deputy”. The newly deputized pilots who will fly missions for the sheriff’s office are commercial pilots. ULA students will not be used in Iron County in search and rescue operations.
ULA Chief Flight Instructor and Director of Schools, Mike Mower, said that deputizing its pilots means ULA can now fully assist the Sheriff’s Department. Mower said they are now just waiting for that phone call asking for our assistance, “we are standing by ready to help.” ULA has assisted in 9 search and rescue missions on behalf of Iron County Sheriff Search and Rescue.
Iron County Sheriff’s Department, Lt Del Schlosser, says, “this addition is a big move for the county and a relief to the Sheriff’s Department to have more personnel. “We currently have 37 deputies on staff and with the addition of the ULA pilots it brings that number to 50.” Schlosser said, “It’s a huge relief to have them (ULA pilots) today. They’re working as volunteers, so it’s not a burden to the taxpayers. They are doing this of their own free will.”
ULA pilots have helped coordinate past rescue missions for Iron County and local law enforcement. Upper Limit Aviation has been supporting the Southern Utah community since the flight training program took flight in August 2013.
Several of the ULA pilots expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve in a special deputy capacity.
“In our continued efforts to be a support to this wonderful county, and the cities of Parowan and Cedar, we can’t tell you how appreciative we are,” said pilot Michael Mower. “This is going to be something that is going to increase our role and increase our level of support for the county.”
Upper Limit Aviation is a helicopter and fixed wing flight school in partnership with Southern Utah University. Student pilots are enrolled in one of three SUU degree programs.
The ultimate goal of the SUU-ULA program is to train quality pilots who can effectively compete for good paying helicopter pilot jobs. SUU student pilots complete their flight training with a college degree, uniquely preparing them to enter the aviation industry as commercial pilots. Working with Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team gives the ULA pilots real world experience that helps prepare them for high-paying jobs in the aviation industry.
Currently, there is a high demand for commercial helicopter pilots in the US. Southern Utah University students completing flight school are recruited by helicopter companies representing tour and adventure companies, gas and oil companies and emergency medical services.
The new Iron County Special Deputies; Sean Reid, Mike Mower, Rich Cannon, Scott Banning, Greg Stine, Shae Mackie, Dan Laguna, Chris Laguna, Chelsea Tugaw, Mike Ballard, James Kofford, Ryan Dejong, and Kent Daniels.