About Us

John Witte, Owner and Chief Pilot


John got his training in 1994 at Denver Helicopters in Centennial, Colorado. A year later, he bought the business and has been a professional pilot ever since. In 2002, he moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado and started Zephyr Helicopter. With over 7000 hours, and most of these flying above 6000 feet MSL, John is an experienced helicopter pilot with strong  mountain flying skills and proficiency with Bell and Enstrom products. Witte has current Commercial and Commercial Flight Instructor ratings, and is an Enstrom Factory Check Pilot. 


The primary aircraft used for commercial work at Zephyr Helicopter is a BH206L-3 that operates under a Part 135 Charter Certificate from the FAA. This ship is the perfect aircraft for anything from utility patrols to sightseeing trips to Search and Rescue in rugged mountain conditions. We also fly hunting charters with the use of a BLM permit through the Little Snake District in Northwest Colorado.


John and his skilled aircraft mechanics and ground crew make a superb team for any helicopter work in the Colorado/Wyoming/Utah area. 



Natalie Corser, Office Manager


Natalie is the friendly face at the office who will handle your billing and most of the business related questions. You'll also see her onsite at jobs, driving the fuel truck, and serving as a crewmember when necessary. If there's a problem, she can fix it. Originally from Alabama, Natalie has adopted Steamboat Springs as her home and is an integral part of the operations at Zephyr Helicopter Company. If you have any questions about our helicopter services, Natalie can help you out. Just call 970.879.0494.





Holley Gardel, Flight Coordinator and Marketing Director



Holley is the Flight Coordinator for Zephyr Helicopter, and also handles marketing for the company. You will often see her out on the job site, either as a crewmember or driving the fuel truck. Holley has extensive experience working in and around helicopters, both as pilot and crew. She is a commercially rated helicopter pilot, and Certified Flight Instructor, and a former crewmember with PHI Antarctica doing science support for the National Science Foundation. Whatever your project or flight planning needs are, Holley can help. 


John Duffy, Director of Maintenance


John Duffy has been the Director of Maintenance for Zephyr Helicopter Company since 1999. John received his Airframe and Powerplant Certificates (A&P) at Cheyenne Aero Tech in 1990, and his Inspection Authorization (IA) Certificate in 1995. John is a highly skilled mechanic that is proficient on multiple types of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, and can fix, build, weld and modify just about anything you need help with. He is also a fixed-wing pilot and knows aviation inside and out.


If you have questions on camera mounts, STC's, or any technical information about our BH206L-3, we will refer you to John. And you might see him out on the job site as a crewmember or driving the fuel truck in the field.


Zephyr Helicopter's BH206 L3
Zephyr Helicopter's BH206 L3
The Long Ranger at Century Helicopters in Fort Collins, getting scheduled maintenance
The Long Ranger at Century Helicopters in Fort Collins, getting scheduled maintenance

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Helicopter Services