Our Team

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Don

Owner

Don took ownership of Altitude Helicopters in 2020 while in pursuit of his private pilot license. Don is a lifelong adventurer and accomplished wealth advisor that is always reaching new heights. He first soloed a fixed-wing aircraft in 1980 and is now a certified helicopter pilot. When Don is not flying, you can find him riding his Harley, or enjoying time at his vacation home in Arizona.

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Taylor

Tour Pilot

In July 2020, Taylor left his successful career in hospitality to pursue his dream of flying helicopters. When T is not in the air, he is exploring the underwater world. His love of scuba diving has brought him to Fiji, Belize, St. Lucia, Mexico, Thailand, Turks & Caicos. A proud dog dad, you can find his mini golden retriever @lil.ziggy taking over instagram. Taylor holds a commercial pilot license with instrument rating, and is working on his instructor rating to train the next generation of pilots.

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Jessy

Tour Pilot

Most summers you can find Jessy on a hotshot crew defending California against nature's most brutal fires. This summer we get Jessy all to ourselves here at Altitude. After his aviation training with Grand Canyon Helitack, Jessy made his way down to San Diego for a change of pace, flying tours. When Jessy is not in the sky, you can find him in the water or hitting bmx jumps. He is waiting to take you on your next adventure, why hesitate?!

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Casey

Certificate Flight Instructor - Instrument

We lucked out when we got the chance to add Casey to the team as our executive flight instructor. Casey has a little bit of flying experience in everything and now enjoys flying recreationally. It’s unlikely you will ever meet someone who knows more about helicopters than him. We’re very proud to have him setting the standards for our students. Born and raised in California, he knows the area well and will always make lessons interesting. In addition to aviation, feel free to ask him anything about old farm equipment or baseball.