Meet our team of flight crew members and mechanics that make Heli Ops
Chief Pilot & Chief Flying Instructor
I knew I wanted to be a pilot when I was young. It was not until after college and numerous jobs in the adventure tourism industry that I could make it a reality. It is now my great pleasure to help make helicopter flight a reality for aspiring pilots-in-training. After having trained and worked at numerous flight schools in the industry, I am proud to work at Colorado Heli-Ops, where safety and instruction are held to the highest standard. Working and playing in the mountains here is a dream-come-true for me, and I enjoy the challenges of helicopter flight in this environment. I am motivated by the pure fun of flying and the ongoing pursuit of a safer and smarter helicopter industry.
I grew up in Colorado and returned after spending some time on the east coast with the military. I have a lovely wife and two sons that I am very proud of.
I have been with Littleton Fire Rescue for 17 years and I have been teaching in different areas of EMS and firefighting for most of that time.
After spending time in the back of helicopters as a flight paramedic I decided to make the move up front and started my training in 2005. I have been a CFI since 2006.
From a young age growing up in Pasadena, California I always had an interest in helicopters. I had my first flight when I was 11 and that’s when my love of helicopters really took off. Once I graduated college I thought you had to join the Armed Forces in order to become a helicopter pilot. It was not until my early 30s I found you could train privately. So with hard work and dedication I started my career. I began flying in Southern California, then moved to Colorado to gain experience with high altitude and diverse weather.
The move to Colorado was very easy as I enjoy many outdoor hobbies such as hiking with my dog Kanu, fly fishing, hunting, golfing, and snowboarding. Not only am I fortunate enough to pursue my career in aviation, I was also lucky enough to find my wonderful wife (Sara) in Denver. Cheers and fly safe.
Adam is to helicopters what samurai are to swords. He has over 3,500 hours in helicopters and has piloted 10 different types of helicopters (but not all at once). Adam is a Colorado native and began his helicopter training in Colorado in 2007. After instructing in Colorado for a few years, Adam was a civilian instructor for the army down in Alabama at Fort Rucker teaching instrument flying in a Bell 206. Adam returned to Colorado and began instructing at Colorado Heli Ops in 2013 and is one of the Chief Instructors at Heli-Ops. When not flying, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons as well as riding dirt bikes, off-roading, wakeboarding, mountain biking and rock climbing. Adam loves flying helicopters, but loves instructing even more. He sees himself as an instructor first and foremost and a helicopter pilot second.
Steve was born and raised in Boulder, but still manages to act fairly normal despite this fact. He received two degrees from Colorado School of Mines and worked as an electrical engineer in the aerospace business before starting his helicopter training in Colorado. While Steve was interested in flying ever since he was a kid, it was reading about the complexities of helicopter control and aerodynamics that got him hooked on helicopters specifically. He started with a very small remote control (RC) helicopter, and then a bigger one and then an even bigger one until the only logical next step was to fly the real thing. Steve is supported by a patient, loving and understanding wife and two young sons. Steve’s eldest son learned to identify the sound of a helicopter before he could even say “helicopter” and would run outside and point towards the sky any time he heard one. Steve is excited to be part of a great team doing what he loves.
Grace Wagner CFII
Aviation has been woven into the fabric of my life from an early age, coming from a family of numerous passionate people with their eyes on the skies. After growing up in Colorado, and sharing this landscape through outdoor guiding jobs, I am thrilled to continue to share and explore my home from the air. Outside of aviation, you can find me working with organizations dedicated to empowering youth in finding their passions and potential, through wilderness exploration, community building, and service. It is an honor to be a part of the Colorado Heli-Ops team where I have the opportunity to invest in the process of helping people achieve their dreams.
I’m back where I started, back to my first love, helicopters! I ran away to sea in 1976, (in reality not quite as romantic as it sounds), but at age eighteen I joined the Royal Navy to become a helicopter pilot. Operationally I flew in the anti-submarine, search and rescue and utility roles and left after twenty years having accumulated 6,000 flying hours, much of it as a flight instructor. I joined the commercial fixed wing world and found myself as a long haul pilot for British Airways and am now a captain on the Boeing 777. I’m married to an American, Jennifer, whom I met in my Navy days whilst on a three year exchange posting to the USCG. We have two sons, had been living in France for thirteen years and decided it was time for a change – what better place to move to than Colorado and we relocated here summer 2015. I’m currently part time with British Airways, (though not too far from retirement), and decided the time was ripe to get back into real aviation and requalified as a CFII – hopefully I can pass on some of my experience to the next generation of aspiring helicopter pilots.