About 2020-05-20T16:45:18+00:00


HRH was founded in 2005 under the direction of Andy Gibbs. The goal was to create a company focused on providing safe flight operations, high quality aircraft maintenance, and expert sales advice, all with a personal touch.  

The HRH staff continues to combine their thousands of hours of pilot experience, aircraft maintenance expertise, and years of aviation knowledge into a full service aviation company.

With the growing demand for private aircraft transportation, training, and ownership, HRH strives to meet all the needs of our varied customers. HRH’s highly experienced staff allows for a unique, professional, and individualized customer experience. HRH is ready to serve you.

For more information about helicopter charters, special event support, aerial photography and videography, tours, flight training, maintenance, sales, aircraft management, or pilot services, email us at flying@hrheli.com or call 757-488-9044.   We look forward to partnering with you.


Some of our HRH staff at 2018 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh

President & Co-founder of HRHHelicopter Pilot/Instructor/Designated Examiner and Airplane Pilot/Instructor
In 2005, Dave transitioned from flying for the Air Force to team with Andy Gibbs to start and grow HRH into a premier aviation services company.

Dave is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and served flying VIP’s in Learjets, international missions in the C-5 Galaxy, and navaid flight inspection in Hawker 800s.

However, his start in aviation and love for helicopters began at an early age, where in the 1970’s & 80’s he grew up around and worked for Brantly-Hynes Helicopters, at the time owned by his father Michael Hynes.

Dave is a believer that the family oriented business environment is key to HRH’s success, and his wife Shanda and two boys Mitchell and Ryan can all be found pitching in around the hangar.

With over 14,000+ accident free flying hours split almost evenly between helicopters and airplanes, Dave personally oversees all operations for HRH.

Patrick Hynes

Director of MaintenanceIA/A&P, Helicopter Pilot/Instructor, and Airplane Pilot
Patrick left American Airlines in 2014 as a maintenance technician to take over as Director of Maintenance for HRH.

Besides over a decade of maintenance experience in the airline industry, Patrick also grew up working in numerous roles at Brantly-Hynes Helicopters, served in the Army as a helicopter maintenance specialist, and ran his own Robinson helicopter maintenance company.  He also achieved his airplane pilot’s license and helicopter instructor certificate.

The family atmosphere of HRH played a major role in Pat’s decision to move to Virginia and team up with his “little” brother Dave.  He and his two boys, Braden and Chase, fit right in with the HRH family.

Patrick’s diverse maintenance background and thousands of hours of pilot experience give him a unique capability to superbly perform his DOM role for HRH’s customers.

Scott Martin

Operations Coordinator
Scott serves as our Operations Coordinator and came to HRH with six years of aviation experience in southern Florida. He also brings knowledge learned from the automotive, medical, real estate, recruiting, manufacturing, and sales fields.

Scott’s had a love of flying since his first flights to visit Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. That love deepened in the Canadian back country of Ontario and Manitoba on float planes, and most recently a cross country flight to San Diego to visit the Baja of Mexico.

He still has a fond memory of his first helicopter ride, and enjoys getting to know the Robinson product better by learning how amazing they are for getting to know an area and completing the mission.

Scott enjoys rooting for the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, making memories with his wife and two children, and hearing an old radial engine on startup.

Airplane Pilot & Instructor, Flight Ops Coordinator
John’s pursuit of a career in aviation began with an airline flight in middle school and lead him to joining the HRH team in 2017.

John grew up in Tuscaloosa, AL, and went on to study business and aviation management at Auburn University. While at Auburn he achieved his Private and Instrument airplane ratings. After graduating college in 2013, he joined the Navy to train and serve as a Naval Flight Officer.

He was stationed at Oceania Naval Base in Virginia Beach in 2015 as a Weapon System Officer in the F/A-18 Super Hornet. In 2017, John decided to take an opportunity to leave the Navy to pursue his career as a professional pilot. He completed his Commercial single and multi-engine ratings and joined our team at HRH.

John enjoys spending time outside hiking, road biking, and running. He also likes watching Auburn football and spending time with his wife and fellow Auburn fan, Meagan. He looks forward to advancing with HRH and furthering his knowledge of aviation.

Jason Hebert

Contract Helicopter Instructor & Pilot
Raised on the South Coast of Massachusetts, Jason joined the US Air Force in 1992 as a Security Police Officer. He then settled in northwest Wyoming, where he continued in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff. Able to pursue a lifelong dream of flying, Jason attended helicopter flight school in Salt Lake City and earned ratings through certified instrument flight instructor. He also attended Utah Valley University and finished his Bachelor of Aviation Science.

With HRH, Jason gained valuable experience as Lead Instructor and Part 135 PIC. His increased breadth and depth of helicopter operations at HRH helped him venture out on another aviation career path by taking a full-time pilot position with Air Evac Lifeteam. But his passion for instructing and multi-faceted missions has kept Jason engaged as a contract pilot for HRH.

Jason has four grown children and spends his free time with his wife Tasha on a constant adventure of cultural exploration. Other interests include home renovations, woodworking, caving, beekeeping, and anything to do with the beach.

Erwin Abella

Helicopter Instructor and Pilot
Erwin is a third generation native Californian but has called many places around the world home.

He’s lived several different lives: in one previous life, he was an art student, in another he got a graduate degree in political science.

In the longest of those incarnations, Erwin wore a Stetson as a Cavalry Officer in the US Army, a twice-spurred leader of scouts and infantrymen.

Erwin spent many a hot day in dusty, sweltering places like Kandahar, looking up with envy at the helicopters flying above him. It was in places like that where he realized he was blessed to have met his professional goals earlier than most, and was barely young enough for another profession. So, he earned his helicopter ratings in central Oregon, and flew clear across the continent to Virginia to chase his second dream of flying!

Erwin collects unfinished hobbies, but the ones with staying power include being a movie nerd, and wasting money on cars.

Airplane Pilot and Instructor
Erik comes to HRH with over ten years of instructional and corporate flying experience. Having first soloed an airplane while in high school, he realized his dream of becoming a professional pilot after attending the University of Virginia, and has served in various pilot roles since, including Chief Instructor, Chief Pilot, and as a contract pilot.

A native Virginian, Erik was born and raised in Winchester and has lived throughout the state. A chance to move to the Tidewater Region eventually led him on a track to HRH and the future.

As a history buff, Erik relishes the storied past of the region and has been known to serve as a spontaneous guide from the air. However, the adventure of flight always keeps him yearning to see what’s over the next horizon. He also enjoys tall tales with family and friends, the mountains, the beach, watching and playing soccer, and taking on the world with his wife Lindsay and their dog Starbuck.

Airplane Pilot
Aaron joined HRH in November 2018, bringing along almost 20 years of professional aviation experience.

A native of northern VA and currently residing in Richmond, he has spent most of his life in various parts of Virginia.

Aviation has always been in his blood, and with his father, grandfather, uncle, and brother in law all professional pilots it just runs in the family. A degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University was followed by years as flight instructor, freight dog, charter pilot, and now a pilot for HRH.

Recently married to his wife Ashley, they have five kids between them, which takes up the majority of his free time. Building things for their home, plans for starting a small farm, and keeping a 30 year old RV running take up the rest.

David “Andy” Gibbs was the driving force behind establishing HRH in 2005. But Andy’s passion for flying combined with his diverse background in real estate, property management, and construction made him a success right from his start in the aviation business in the early 1990’s.

He started and grew Hampton Roads Charter Service into a Part 135 Charter Operator and Robinson Helicopter Service Center and Dealership. In 2000, Andy expanded his aviation interests to include becoming a part owner of the Hampton Roads Executive Airport and he helped guide the airport to becoming a premier regional airport.

While Andy’s passing in February of 2013 saddened everyone that knew him, his entrepreneurial spirit still drives us all here at HRH to be the best at what we do. His wife Sandie and his two boys Drew and Jake continue to carry on Andy’s legacy at HRH.