Western Helicopters Team
Expert helicopter service & specialty training provider
Pete Gillies is a legendary, 18,000-hour helicopter pilot who has been key to the Western team since 1972. He has been honored as the Helicopter Association International’s instructor of the year. He is also a regular contributor to the industry’s leading helicopter publications and a distinguished speaker at events for airborne law enforcers, professional helicopter pilots and the industry at large. He is sought after as an expert witness and for challenging wire pulling, external load and mountain flying operations.
Bob Spencer joined Western in 1980 and began building the company’s flight training department. He is a former Navy helicopter pilot, graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and holds a Master of Science Degree in Aeronautical Systems. Bob is an 18,000-hour pilot who is active in the Airborne Law Enforcement Association and Helicopter Association International.
Known for his innovative teaching techniques, Rob has led Western’s ground instruction activities since 2001. He joined Western after retiring from the Anaheim, Calif., police department, where he served as chief pilot and chief flight instructor. A 10,000-hour helicopter pilot, Rob is also a volunteer chaplain for the Chino, Calif., Fire Department.
Wayne oversees all Welk Aviation assets. He is responsible for a diverse fleet that supports electronic news gathering and production, charter, utility, contract, and leasing operations. As a 28-year veteran of the helicopter industry, Wayne brings extensive operational management experience to the Western organization. He is also an ATP rated pilot with more than 10,000 helicopter flight hours.
As our capable and efficient office manager, Erika is the hub of the Western Helicopters organization. She previously worked as an administrative assistant at Loma Linda University Medical Center and attended the University of California, San Diego, and California State University, San Bernardino.
Calgary PD Service (CAN)
Huntington Beach (CA)
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New Mexico (NM)
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Los Angeles County
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San Joaqin County
Santa Clara County
Bureau of Land Management
Department of Homeland Security
Drug Enforcement Administration
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Fish and Wildlife Service
California Highway Patrol
Cardinal Air Service (Chuck Street 102.7 KIIS FM)
Fuchs International (Switzerland)
Helitac Aviation Inc.
Helog AG (Switzerland)
K&S Air Condition
Mercy Air Service
Petroleum Helicopters Inc.
Sky Eye Photo
Southern California Edison
Sea Sheperds (Whale Wars) Pilot
Shelton Douthit Surveying