John Witte, our Chief Pilot, has been of assistance to many local and regional law enforcement agencies when it comes to Search and Rescue. Mountain Search and Rescue by helicopter can be a challenging endeavor and should never be taken lightly. If you want to employ a helicopter for Mountain SAR, you should choose your aircraft and pilot wisely as these rescue situations are often carried out in high stress and/or poor weather conditions. You want a pilot who can keep their cool, and an aircraft that can handle the flying conditions.
Witte has over 8000 hours of experience, with most of these hours spent flying over 6000 feet MSL. He knows the Rocky Mountain terrain and flying environment intimately, and has worked with several agencies and SAR professionals on rescue missions. Aerial Search and Rescue requires precision, the right aircraft, and sometimes a strong helicopter ground crew. Zephyr Helicopter can provide the skills and equipment for crew support, transport, and insertion of SAR teams, as well as extraction of the victim.
At Zephyr, we believe safety is of the utmost importance, and can provide ground support along with the pilot and aircraft to ensure that all SAR personnel are safe and informed when working around our helicopter. We would be happy to talk to you about setting up a response plan for agencies and Search and Rescue personnel in the Colorado, Utah, or Wyoming regions. Please contact us for more information.