Ernst is both a fixed wing and helicopter pilot with 50 years (12,800 hours helicopter and 4,400 hours fixed wing flying experience), both throughout Canada and also internationally. He has also worked in aviation management since the 1980’s with Abu Dhabi Aviation (helicopters/UAE), Air Hart (fixed wing/Kelowna BC) and Transmaldivian Airways (fixed wing/Republic of the Maldives) and of course Transwest Helicopters (helicopters/ Chilliwack & Oliver BC). He and his wife Alison have successfully owned and operated Transwest Helicopters Ltd since 2004.
Director of Maintenance
Doug has over 35 years of all-round experience in extensive refurbishment of Bell 206 series, 407, 204, 205, 212, 212 ‘S’, 214, 412, Airbus 350 series and MDHI 500 helicopters. He has been working with Transwest in Oliver as 212/412 Production Manager since 2015. In addition he has gained Sales, QA and Safety Program Management experience over the course of his lengthy career.
Chief Pilot/Operations Manager
Transwest was excited to welcome Jason Brown to our team Summer 2020 as Chief Pilot/Operations Manager, following our resumption of helicopter operations. Jason has over 13,000 hours total time flying helicopters both domestically and internationally. In a heli-career spanning nearly 30 years, Jason has a wide range of experience in various flying environments including fire suppression, mountain, heli-skiing and wire-line.
Component Shop Manager
Alan Cartwright joined Transwest in February 2020, bringing with him over 30 years of Component Shop experience to our Company. Alan has worked at several of the biggest and well-regarded MRO companies in British Columbia over the course of his career, specialising in Bell Medium (206B/L, 212, 214ST, 407,412,430) component overhaul.
His extensive experience and skill set is a great fit for Transwest and our history of Bell medium legacy aircraft support.