We work hard to be the very best in aviation

The right equipment. The right fleet. The right team for every job.

An insistence on excellence

For more than 20 years, we’ve committed to providing our customers with the highest standards of safety, reliability and precision in the industry. From our aircraft to our team, our company takes every step necessary to ensure we carry out every mission with highest quality results, on time and within budget.

A steady ascent

Helicopter Express first took to the air in 1995 when owner Scott Runyan secured the company’s first government contract with the United States Forest Service. The consistent quality of their work and their willingness to diversify their fleet with helicopters that could tackle clients ever-changing needs led to expanded services, continued company growth, and a stellar reputation.

It’s been a steady climb ever since. The company’s philosophy of buying new equipment and working with the most skilled pilots and mechanics in the industry has set them apart from the competition. Today, they boast a diverse fleet of 24 helicopters ready to take on any mission. With a continued focus on safety, professionalism, and efficiency, Helicopter Express continues their upward trajectory and has become one of the most trusted contractors in the U.S.

Our Team

Scott Runyan Sr.

Founder and President | CEO

Scott Runyan started Helicopter Express in 1995 with a vision of building a versatile helicopter company that offered a broad range of services to the Southeast. From the outset, he knew that meant Helicopter Express would need to be a reliable, flexible organization that could adapt easily to ever-changing client needs.

By putting the very best personnel and equipment in place, Scott has cultivated consistent growth of the HX fleet. He continues to uphold the company’s standards of excellence by maintaining the highest level of safety, employing talented staff, and assuring that HX always delivers precision and a more reliable, superior service on every mission. Under his guidance, the company and fleet have continued to evolve and become trusted leaders in the industry.

Scott Runyan Jr.

Vice President, Government Services

Flying has always been part of Scotty’s life, especially once his father started Helicopter Express. In fact, watching his father’s drive and entrepreneurial success as he launched the company has helped shape Scotty into the leader he is today.

Scotty officially joined the HX team in 2004 as the Ground Support Manager. His experience responding to service requests, troubleshooting, repairing and overhauling ground support equipment and his ability to uphold everything to the highest safety standards made him an invaluable team member and a natural candidate to become a valued member on the the managerial team. Scotty now provides critical support to vital elements of the business and its missions. He offers outstanding direction and insightful vision for HX’s continual future success in aviation while always keeping the human factor of their work in perspective.

Richie Kittrell

COO

Richie joined Helicopter Express in 2003 after serving as a line pilot and chief pilot for other operations. He has vast experience ensuring flights are conducted safely and according to federal regulations standards. He specializes in helicopter and personnel management with a focus on exceptionally high safety, security and quality standards.

Today, Richie is a key member of the senior management team at HX, where he applies his expertise in scheduling and maintaining flight records to manage the busy day-to-day operation of HX. He expertly designs and implements business strategies, plans, and procedures, while also establishing policies that promote the HX culture and vision. His overall goal is to increase the capabilities of the HX business and to drive the company towards continual and steady growth.

Gary Dalton

VP of Sales & Business Development

Gary joined Helicopter Express in 2011 after 20 years of owning and operating his own helicopter charter company. He has an extensive and varied background that includes firefighting, motion picture/television work, visual power line and LIDAR survey, along with general utility work throughout the United States.

Today, Gary is an ambitious and energetic leader at HX. In his current role, he seeks to meet our clients’ needs and expand our clientele. He serves at the front of the company and has the tireless dedication to creating and applying effective strategies that help us meet our goals and forge strong relationships with our clients.

Julie Jones

CFO

Julie joined the Helicopter Express team in 2004. She has 10 years of accounting experience and worked five years as a controller. As our senior executive with the responsibility of our financial affairs, HX relies on Julie for her keen expertise in managing our budget as well as our daily administrative operations.

Julie is an expert at keeping things in order and deftly contributes her strategic vision to everyday activities. Her administration efficiency is an incredible asset as she collaborates with the HX team to implement policies and develop improvements. Her talents in financial analysis combined with her ability to project the long-term financial picture of the company are an invaluable asset to the HX and our continued success.

Jon Bourke

Chief Pilot

Jon joined Helicopter Express in 1998 and quickly ascended the ranks to become our chief pilot in 1999. His aviation experience is expansive. In addition to owning his own helicopter company, as he has served as Chief Pilot (Parts 135/133/137), Company Instructor, and Check Airman for three other helicopter companies.

Jon has worked as a pilot throughout Europe, the Caribbean, and North, Central, and South America. He has been carded for interagency operations since 1991 and has extensive experience flying on USFS, USFWS, NPS, BIA , BLM and DOD contracts. Jon is also an excellent writer and has written for various online aviation magazines. Read some of his work here.

Pete Morris

Director of Maintenance

Pete Morris served as HX’s chief inspector for several years before being promoted to Director of Maintenance in 2004. He has an extensive aviation background with 41 years of industry experience, 39 years of which were spent an aircraft maintenance technician. He holds an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), making him an expert in aircraft inspections.

In addition to inspections, Pete performs, supervises and conducts preventive maintenance. Safety is of utmost importance to Pete and he works hard to ensure that every job is completed with the highest level of integrity. Pete oversees the HX maintenance staff, which is composed of dedicated, experienced and factory trained technicians. Pete’s diligence and attention to detail ensure that our clients can depend on HX to meet all of their needs safely, efficiently and to the highest industry standards.

Eddie Morris

Director of Safety

Eddie recently retired from the U.S. Forest Service after 35 years of federal service in Aviation and Fire Management. Their loss was our gain when he joined Helicopter Express in 2013 to assist us with the advancement and implementation of our Safety Management System (SMS). He coordinates and oversees safety and quality in all aspects of our aviation operations. Eddie maintains an excellent safety record and ensures the highest standards in regulatory practices, guaranteeing effective safety reporting.

Eddie is an essential member of the HX team as he helps guide our safety practices through effective leadership. He doesn’t settle for the status quo but is always investigating opportunities to increase our efficiencies and improve the quality of our safety processes.

Danny Hoss

General Manager

Danny joined Helicopter Express in 2007 to assist in coordinating and maintaining our ground operations. He diligently worked his way into the position of Ground Support Manager while simultaneously attending flight school. He is now responsible for our fleet of over 70 vehicles.

His role is imperative to our operations and encompasses managing ground vehicle operators and maintaining development and quality control of our evolving ground fleet. Danny expertly provides prompt response to service requests by troubleshooting, repairing and overhauling ground support equipment to ensure that all of our equipment maintained to the highest standards. The excellence he demonstrates in performing preventive and routine maintenance allows HX to maintain the highest level of safety and operational conditions in all that we do.

We’re ready when you are.

Our team is always ready to take on our next challenge. Contact us today to hire our seasoned team to deliver on your next project.