and Chief Flight Instructor
Officer Don was raised on a farm in Irvington,
Kentucky. He knew his farming days were numbered
due to a fear of most farm animals (especially
peacocks). Since he knew farming wasn't going to
work out, at 14 years old Don got his first
radio job at WHIC in Hardinsburg, Kentucky. He
was a DJ and local news reporter during high
school. During college, he took a job with WHAS
radio in Louisville, where he did everything
from DJ to talk show host/producer to air
Don moved to Lexington to work for a radio
station, but ultimately followed his biggest dream - to be a police officer.
He joined the Lexington Police Department in 1990,
where he has served as a patrol officer, a motorcycle officer and as a homicide detective.
Don holds a
commercial rating in fixed wing aircraft and is a
commercial pilot and certified flight instructor in
helicopters, with over 6000 flight hours. You can hear
Officer Don's Skywatch Traffic reports weekdays on 98.1
The Bull, 100.1 WKQQ, Mix 94.5, Newsradio 630 WLAP and
104.5 The CAT. He also appears on 27 Newsfirst This
Morning on WKYT television weekday mornings from 6am to
8am. You can also hear Officer Don's Radio show on
Better Country 98.1 The Bull midday Saturdays from 10am
to 3pm. Then, he pulls the all nighter on Lexington's
Original Rock station 100.1 WKQQ from Midnight Saturday
to 5 A.M. Sunday. In his off-air time, Don enjoys flying World War II
aircraft such as the T-6 Texan.
WILLIAM FORD, JR.
CFII, MEI, DPE
Bill brings a high level of experience to the table with a lifelong career in aviation. As director of operations and chief pilot of Central Kentucky charter and flight management company PDQ Air LLC, Bill has earned a host of ratings such as CFII and MEI and is also an FAA designated pilot examiner.
Daily operations for Bill include flying complex turbine aircraft such as the Beechcraft King Air C90 and B200, and also piloting/managing WKYT's SkyFirst R44 Astro news helicopter.
Patrick joins the team as a certificated flight instructor. Trained exclusively by Don Evans through his private, commerical and instructor rotorcraft helicopter ratings, Patrick's training focuses on special operations and electronic news gathering.
Patrick's company (Aviation and Technology Consulting, LLC) specializes in building the latest in virtualized server farms and high capacity storage area networks.
He plans to use his background in technology to post media-rich training materials to the website to assist students with ground school preperation.
Learn more at www.patrickjhelm.com.