OFFICER DON

Founder 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 traffic reporter.

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. a
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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.

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Patrick Helm Bio

PATRICK HELM

CFI-H

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.

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