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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.  Originally operating 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 5 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.   Jeff 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 15,000 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.

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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.  Steve joined the JL Aviation team in 2014.

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MIKE NOWAK

Director of Safety

Mike brings over 20 years of aviation experience to JLA as a Pilot in Command and our Director of Safety.  He has held numerous management positions in operations, test flight, maintenance, and quality control/production control across the globe in both the military and civil helicopter industries.  He is a combat veteran of the US Army's elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and has been flying for over 14 years.  Mike has an AAS in Aviation from Central Oregon C.C.

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Flight/Maintenance Team

Adam Algatt

Steve Algatt

Rod Comstock

Daniel Hall

Ryan Huff

James Linscott

Dave Pliego

Levi Rogers

Troy Wines