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About 2018-07-30T14:00:15+00:00

OVER 75 YEARS OF AVIATION EXPERIENCE

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.

MEET OUR TEAM

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.  His wife Kristi (also a professional airplane pilot) and 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.

John Grubbs

Airplane Pilot & 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

Lead Helicopter Instructor and Pilot
Always wanting to become a professional pilot, Jason realized that dream by joining the team at HRH.

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.

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 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.

Jack Merkel

Airplane & Helicopter Pilot and Instructor
Jack comes to HRH with over 20 years flying helicopters and four years flying Citations and King Airs with the US Marine Corps. His flying experience is worldwide, from operating aboard Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, to flying operations in nearly every state of the United States. He’s flown throughout the Americas, and on to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He’s served several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and brings with him a wealth of experience in aviation operations, maintenance, training, and logistics.

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Jack grew up on the Midwestern prairies and later moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where he gained appreciation for the high desert mountain scenery. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1984 as a Supply Warehouseman, was selected for flight school, received his Bachelor of Science in Physics in 1989, and earned the title of Naval Aviator in 1992. Jack served with the Marines until 2013, then contracted overseas as a helicopter pilot until 2018 when he joined the HRH family.

Jack and his wife Sara have four children and he tries to manage his free time with his family and the Boy Scouts of America. His other interests include home/auto repair, woodworking, painting, rowing, and anything to do with the water.

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.