Colorado Heliops | Our Team
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Our Team

Company Founders

“We love everything aviation”
Dennis & Audrey Pierce

Dennis & Audrey Pierce

As a helicopter pilot, Dennis Pierce founded Colorado Heli-Ops in 2009 with the desire to bring high quality helicopter flight training to the Denver area. Having previously working at a flight school and seeing a path to a better way, he went forward bringing the principles of honesty, transparency and quality to helicopter flight training.


Dennis dedicated time and resources to developing and perpetuating Colorado Heli-Ops. He uses recognized industry assets and best practices and has moved forward with enthusiasm to implement them.


He brought in experienced industry consultants, adopted modern flight training methodologies, implemented a Safety Management System, joined the FAASTeam and is active in both the USHST JHSIT training work group and the HAI training committee. Dennis has been a recognized speaker at the Robinson Helicopter factory, Rotor & Wing’s Safety Summit and consulted at the Enstrom Helicopter Company.He reached into the utility helicopter market and successfully implemented innovative technologies into pipeline patrol and leak detection.


Dennis has put together a quality staff of FITS qualified Facilitator/Instructors, many of which have worked in the industry and returned to Denver to fly and instruct at Heli-Ops. These qualities also exist in the administration and maintenance staff.


Many pilots have been assisted in attaining jobs along the career pilot path by interaction with Dennis and Heli-Ops through industry relationships both developed and advanced.

Most of the helicopter industry magazines have published articles on DP & Heli-Ops as both continue to strive for betterment of training, pilot development and industry wide accident reduction.


Dennis posts on the on-line helicopter forum “Vertical Reference” on a regular basis and we repost some of his stuff here.  His articles are all about helicopters and his deepening industry involvement.


Audrey recently graduated CU Denver with her third Masters Degree, this one in Architecture. They have 3 children; a 19 year-old son that will graduate Green Mountain High School this year, a three year old son and a two month old daughter. Audreys important role at Heli Ops is to provide our administrative and accounting support behind the scenes.


Meet us:


Our Crew

Meet our team of flight crew members and mechanics that make Heli Ops

David Dziura : Chief Pilot & Chief Flying Instructor

David Dziura

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.

Curt Collins : CFII / Pilot

Curt Collins

CFII / Pilot

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.


Steve Brumder : CFII

Steve Brumder


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.

Meet Steve:


Ray Franks : CFII

Ray Franks


I was born and raised in Tennessee. I come from a small town of about 12,000 people. I went to a small private high school not far from my home.  However, this did not give me the motivation or desire to follow my passions in life. My biggest passion has always been driving and using heavy equipment. Growing up on a farm started this passion. As the years went on I began to develop a love for all things offroad. I set out and built my own custom jeep which furthered my passion. After high school I went to college for mechanical engineering. After being in college for several years the realization set in that I wasn't happy unless I was out using my hands. A far fetched idea of mine had always been to acquire a license for everything possible including flying. Soon after deciding college wasn't the path I wanted in life I learned that flying may be a possibility. Knowing my self I decided that if I was going to do this that I wanted to learn to fly the hardest aircraft there was to fly. 3 months after leaving college I found my self moving 1200 miles to Colorado to start my aviation career, flying helicopters.

Meet Ray:


Adam Hulme :

Adam Hulme

Adams bio is coming the meantime check out his album.

Meet Adam:


Erik Gurley : CFII

Erik Gurley


I grew up in southwest Missouri and I wasn’t always fascinated with flying, in fact I was quite fearful of it for the longest time.  About ten years ago I was bitten by the “aviation bug”, when I literally woke up in a cold sweat and thought to myself, “I have to learn to fly helicopters!”.  I never looked back from that point on, but the journey has definitely had its share of rough times along the way.  Although I had an associates degree from MSSU, I knew that going back to college to finish in the traditional way wasn’t for me.  I moved to Denver in May of 2011 after quitting my job of ten years and selling almost everything I owned to take another chance at my dreams.  After four years working a full time job and studying in my off time, I became a CFII at Colorado Heli-Ops.  My ultimate goal is to complete my ATP at CHO and then to fly in the Gulf of Mexico.


Steve Ramer : CFII

Steve Ramer


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.