12-Feb-2020 Source: HeloAir
HeloAir is excited to introduce Rodger Crawley as our new Chief Pilot. Rodger has been with HeloAir since June 2003 when he first joined us as the Sky13 News pilot in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Since that time, his skills and leadership have allowed him to become one of our most versatile and valued pilots who can excel in most any flight operations and he is qualified and well experienced in all of our operations. In his role as Director of Safety, Rodger was instrumental in leading HeloAir through the IS-BAO process up to our recent Stage 3 Audit. Rodger also held the position as Flight Standards Office and Assistant Chief Pilot for our Sikorsky S76D program. Rodger hails from Richmond, Va. and served 8 years in the U.S. Army as a UH-60 pilot and subsequently as an airline pilot for Independence Air out of Dulles, VA.
Sonny Rea, our former Chief Pilot, is transitioning to the role of Director of Safety. Sonny has been working with Heloair since January 1998 and has been our Chief Pilot since 2015. Sonny was instrumental in standing up our S76D IFR program and guiding us through the IS-BAO process up through our Stage 3 Audit. Sonny will continue to assist with our full implementation of FlightDocs (Operations and Maintenance), iPads as EFBs for our Part 135 operations and the potential integration of UAS/Drone operations for HeloAir. Sonny hails from Suffolk, VA. and served 7 years in the Virginia National Guard (enlisted) and 20 years in the USMC as a helicopter pilot. Sonny retired to Richmond, Va. in 1997 and subsequently flew FW for 18 years with the Virginia Department of Aviation and helicopters for HeloAir. Sonny’s plan is to ease towards his 3rd retirement by December 2021.