OUR BACKGROUND

Perfecting Helicopter Aviation for 25 Years

In 1996, founder Jeff Linscott bought a Bell 206 JetRanger and started JL Aviation.  His objective to build a company that was dedicated to providing the most customer-oriented aviation services possible, no matter the mission.  Originating out of Portland's PDX airport, our company steadily grew a loyal customer base that recognized our ability to have two uncompromising corporate values - ensure the client's success, and never compromise safety. 

Since our inception, JLA has grown to a fleet of 4 helicopters and 2 airplanes, operates out of our own private airport east of Portland OR, and has successfully flown tens of thousands of hours of challenging tasks throughout North America and Alaska without incident, accident, or violation.  Our growing list of missions accomplished and perfect safety record has led to what we believe proves we are succeeding at our original objectives - our customers continue coming back to us for their aviation needs.

 

OUR TEAM

With over 150 years of collective aviation experience, Team JLA is ready to help you succeed.

JEFF LINSCOTT

President and Director of Operations

Jeff started flying in 1988 and has amassed over 30,000+ accident free flight hours in helicopters, single and multi-engine airplanes.  He is a retired Major in the US Air Force Reserve where he was a flight commander operating HH-60G Pave Hawks, and served in the United States Army flying scout, air assault, and Medevac.  He is a graduate of the US Army's Initial Entry Rotary Wing school, the US Air Force Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, and multiple advanced pilot training courses.   He has a BS in Business from Warner University.

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PETE EMERSON

Chief Pilot

Pete began his aviation career in 1988 when he joined the US Navy as an F-14 Tomcat structures mechanic.  He attended US Army Initial Entry Rotary Wing training and flew UH-60s in combat as a Medevac officer.  He has over 10,000 accident free flight hours and an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic certificate with Inspection Authorization, and has previously served as JL Aviation's Director of Maintenance.  Pete has a BS in Aviation Maintenance Management from Wilmington University.

STEVE WATSON

Director of Maintenance

Steve has over 40 years experience in helicopter maintenance and maintenance management.  He is a graduate of Bell, MD Helicopter, and Rolls-Royce Factory courses for field maintenance and overhaul, and has been an inter-agency carded mechanic since 1989.  His previous experience includes Bell, MD, Enstrom, Schweizer, Agusta, and Airbus helicopter maintenance and overhaul.  He has served as the director of maintenance for several companies, and previously founded his own aviation maintenance company.  He joined the JL Aviation team in 2014.

ROD COMSTOCK

Director of Safety

Rod joined team JLA in 2014 as both a pilot and Director of Safety after retiring from the Oregon Army National Guard as a Chief Warrant Officer 5.  His decades of aviation experience include flying commercial helicopter EMS, Law Enforcement, and being a fixed and rotary wing instructor pilot qualified in UH-1s, UH-60s, and Beechcraft King Air 200s.  He previously worked as an OSHA  safety inspector and was a Battalion Aviation Safety Officer in the US Army.

Flight/Maintenance Team

Jeff Haugen

Ryan Huff

James Linscott

Mike Nowak

Dave Pliego

Troy Wines

 

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