Our Staff

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Anthony “Tony” Byrnes
Chief Pilot Part 135
ATP – CFI – CFII

Ron Sorace
Chief Instructor Part 141
Certified Flight Instructor – CFII

Paul Cass
Certified Flight Instructor – CFII

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Ben McAdams
Certified Flight Instructor – CFI

Jesse Dixon
Certified Flight Instructor – CFI

Lee Jones
Certified Flight Instructor – CFI

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Jason Hassler
Pilot 135/91 – CFII

Mayumi Shimokawa
Certified Flight Instructor – CFI

Patrick “Pat” Carey
Director of Operations Part 135
DPE – ATP – CFII

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Mayumi Shimokawa

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Mayumi has been flying helicopters in Los Angeles since 2006. Her career as a helicopter pilot has gone hand in hand with her artistic background and passion for aviation.

She initially started in the film industry creating digital environments for Hollywood films. This experience has helped in working with photographers and videographers on many production flights in achieving the angles and shots they need for their work.

An experienced Aerial Photography, Movie Production, Tour Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor.

As a Certified Flight Instructor Mayumi has achieved a student pass rate of 100%.

Experienced pilot in:
Bell 206B3
MD 500
Robinson R44 – Raven I & II & Clipper II
Robinson – R22 Beta II

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She’s back, Mayumi works part time for Star Helicopters when she’s not flying the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane for Erickson Air-crane during the fire season.

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Keith Harter

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Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Star Helicopters. Keith has been flying helicopters since 2003 and has been flying throughout the Los Angeles area since 2008.

An experienced Aerial Photography, Movie Production, Tour Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor.

As a Certified Flight Instructor Keith has achieved a student pass rate of 100%.

Experienced pilot in:
Schweizer 269c
Bell 206B3
Robinson R44 – Raven I & II & Clipper II
Robinson R22 – Beta II

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Jeannette Reed

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Jeannette brings over 15 years of Customer Service, Management and Insurance experience to us. She is responsible for all aspects of the day to day operations of Star Helicopters including Scheduling, Planning, Documentation, Record and Book Keeping, Sales and Marketing.

She brings a warm and friendly experience to all of our guests.

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Goddard “Rusty”

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He can do eleven million things.

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Star Girls

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* * * FRAUD WARNING * * *

Recently a Korean man is posing as the owner of Star Helicopters and selling tour tickets to unsuspecting victims in the Korean community of Los Angeles.

Two of the names Sung Ha Shin has been using are “Steve Shin” and “Steve Kim”

One of his tricks after he has made friends with his victims, is he shows pictures of our helicopters and or videos of our helicopters. He goes on to tell them he is the owner and sells a tour for Star Helicopters, cash only.

If you are approached by this man give us a call with as much information as you can get, like a picture and a license plate number.

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