President & CEO
After working as a flight instructor at a leading helicopter flight school in England, he decided to invest in his own business in the United States. As a result, Ocean Helicopters was founded in November 2000.
Gill is our Operations Director and takes care of the day-to-day running of Ocean Helicopters. She is the person who will answer all your emails and telephone calls, and will make all the arrangements for your training here.
Andy took his first helicopter lesson at age 13, and was a Flight Instructor by the age of 18. He flies the majority of Ocean Helicopters’ photo flights and surveys, and is the Chief Pilot of our Part 133 External Load operations and unmanned aircraft/drone operations.
Martin grew up in Melbourne, FL. He attended Santa Fe College in Gainesville for nursing, but didn’t enjoy it, and decided to pursue flying helicopters instead. Martin enjoys flying, surfing, and riding motorcycles.
Originally from Warren, Ohio, “DJ” served 20 years in the U.S. Army before retiring in 2013. He always planned on a second career in aviation and moved to Florida to join the Ocean Helicopters team. DJ also enjoys spending time with his wife Wendy, skydiving, SCUBA diving and training for the next big triathlon.
Born and raised in South Africa, Morne joined the South African police force after high school where he served a number of years. in 1999, he moved to Florida to join the Superyacht Industry. In his spare time, Morne pursued his dream of becoming a helicopter pilot, joining the Ocean Helicopters team in 2016.
The Robinson R22 is a reliable, versatile aircraft, and is arguably the most popular training helicopter around the world.
Its small size makes it remarkably nimble and it requires a light touch to fly. Because of this, pilots who do their initial training on the R22 have little difficulty transitioning to bigger, more stable aircraft as their helicopter career progresses.
It is also very important to consider that most schools use the R22 for training, so having experience with this helicopter is very important when it comes to looking for a job as a helicopter flight instructor.
Ocean Helicopters has a large fleet of newer, meticulously maintained Robinson R22s which is constantly updated.
The Cabri G2 is a modern two-seat helicopter with a three-bladed, fully articulated main rotor and a Fenestron-type tail rotor.
While the R22 design has remained relatively unchanged in almost 40 years, the Cabri G2 brings a wealth of modern technology and safety features to the light training helicopter market, such as the Electronic Pilot Management (EPM) system, mostly composite construction, energy-absorbing structure and seats, and impressive autorotation capabilities.
The handling characteristics are reminiscent of the Airbus EC120, and it makes a great trainer for those looking to move to European helicopters due to the clockwise rotating fully articulated main rotor and Fenestron tail.
For a more in-depth review, take a look at why we think the Cabri G2 should be the most popular training helicopter.
The Robinson R44 is the larger, 4 seat version of the R22. It has a larger engine, hydraulic-assisted controls, and is very smooth and powerful to fly. At present, it is the best-selling helicopter in the world.
The R44 is the helicopter we use with our gyro stabilized camera mount, and is an incredibly stable platform for both aerial photography and video.
We currently have several R44s in our fleet including an instrument trainer and one with emergency pop-out floats for operations over water.
With year-round sunshine and warm temperatures, West Palm Beach won't often have you grounded for weather.
From cruising along South Beach to crossing the over the Everglades, Florida is both fun to explore and great experience.
You can't fly 24 hours a day. West Palm Beach offers plenty to do in your down time.
Located on the East coast of Florida, West Palm Beach offers the student pilot year round flying. The tropical climate generally creates good weather—with a yearly average of 234 sunny days—but experience can also be gained from the rapidly changing conditions encountered during the rainy season.
The gorgeous beaches to the east are in sharp contrast to the Everglades, woodlands, and farm country to the west; a part of Florida most non-locals don’t even know about until they see it from the air.
North County Airport is a modern, large, yet quiet airport with excellent facilities. The airport is maintained by Palm Beach County, and no expense is spared on its upkeep.
The airport has 2 large asphalt runways complete with several instrument approaches, and one grass runway.
Operating from a relatively quiet, non-towered airport allows our students to practice virtually everything right here on the field, without wasting time and money flying out to a practice area for each flight.
However, we do feel that operating in and around busy airspace is an important part of your flight training, and North County’s close proximity to airports such as Palm Beach International and Fort Lauderdale International give you valuable experience in this area without having to travel far.
11550 Aviation Blvd, Suite 1
West Palm Beach, FL 33412