Rancho High School’s aviation maintenance students were given the experience of a lifetime on Friday, April 8 as they received an all-access look at Maverick Aviation Group’s corporate headquarters, as well as interacted with pilots and maintenance technicians.
The behind-the-scenes tour kicked off as Bryan Kroten, vice president of marketing at Maverick Aviation Group, welcomed students to the Maverick Airlines terminal and Maverick Helicopters on-site maintenance facility before bringing them inside the hangar. Upon entry, he gave a brief history of the company and how it began modestly with one aircraft and a group of committed flight personnel, approximately 20 years ago. Kroten then introduced the CEO and Founder of Maverick Aviation Group, Greg Rochna, who discussed how he once had a vision to create a company that would provide a true VIP-level experience that was not previously offered in the helicopter industry. Rochna emphasized the constant demand of skilled employees in the aviation field and how the industry is continuously growing each year. He finished by announcing that Maverick Aviation Group will launch an annual scholarship that will be awarded to aviation magnet program students in the Las Vegas community. The scholarship program is under development and further details will be announced soon.
The students were broken up into three groups; one group led by Tim Hoffman, quality assurance manager at Maverick Helicopters; another by Jim Ogletree, chief pilot at Maverick Helicopters; and by C.R. Sherman, chief pilot at Maverick Airlines. Each group leader explained their unique roles in the success of Maverick Aviation Group and the importance of maintenance and flight operations working together. The students also had a chance to get an up-close look at an Airbus EC130 ECO-Star helicopter, tour the facility’s in-house paint shop and go inside a fixed-wing aircraft. The visit concluded with a Q&A session.
About Maverick Aviation Group
Maverick Aviation Group, the parent company of Maverick Helicopters, Mustang Helicopters and Maverick Airlines, flies more than 250,000 guests annually out of five locations in Las Vegas (McCarran International Airport); Henderson, Nevada; the Grand Canyon South Rim; the Grand Canyon West Rim; and Maui, Hawaii. The company operates the largest and youngest fleet of Airbus EC130 ECO-Star helicopters with nearly 50 aircraft and holds the top safety record of any tourism-based aviation company in the world. Maverick Aviation Group employs the industry’s top pilots and its divisions have received numerous accolades including the Federal Aviation Administration’s Award of Excellence “Diamond Award” 2011-2015; Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s “Best Tour Company” 2010-2015; TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” Hall of Fame and many more.
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