Bill Leyburne

Bill LeyburneBill grew up in North Bay, Ontario and attended Canadore College immediately upon graduation from high school. Bill graduated from the Aircraft Maintenance program in 1981.

Upon graduation, Bill moved out West and worked for a few years with operators such as, Lift Air International and Lamb Air, in Churchill, Manitoba.

In 1984, Bill moved back to Ontario and worked for Ranger Helicopters in Sault Ste. Marie until he moved to Goose Bay, Labrador and began to work for Sealand Helicopters. After a couple of years working in Goose Bay, Bill moved to Sealand’s head office, in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Also working at Sealand Helicopters, was an old college friend of Bill’s, Wade Culliton who was also a licensed AME. In 1988, Bill and Wade realized the need for AME’s in Southern Ontario, to perform maintenance on aircraft owned by operators, who did not have their own AME’s, so they decided to leave Sealand and open up their own business in Southern Ontario. Wade left the company after a couple of years, but Bill continued on his own, eventually starting Great Lakes Helicopter in 2003.

Jo Anne Leyburne

Owner/General Manager
JoAnne LeyburneJo Anne grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and started her career with Sealand Helicopters upon graduation from a local college and worked there for five years.

In 1988, Jo Anne and Bill moved to Kitchener, Ontario and started “Rotor Services Limited”. During these first few years, Jo Anne worked for the City of Kitchener.

Jo Anne is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Great Lakes Helicopter.

Nick Booth

Chief Flight Instructor

Nick BoothNick comes from an Aviation/Teaching family, his dad being a Royal Air Force Pilot/Instructor and his mom a school teacher. Nick obtained his commercial helicopter license in 1998.

Nick started his flying career as a flight instructor and has trained in California, Gander, Newfoundland and London, Ontario.

With Nick’s many years’ experience as a flight instructor, it was a perfect fit for Nick to be hired as CFI at Great Lakes Helicopter when they opened in 2003.

Nick is a Class 1 Flight Instructor and Designated Transport Canada Flight Test Examiner. He has personally trained well over 200 students.

Nick is endorsed to fly the Robinson R22, R44, Bell 206 series and the AS350. Nick has worked with Great Lakes Helicopter for 10 years.

Adam Tastula

Class I Flight Instructor/Chief Pilot

Adam TastulaAdam started his flying career in 2005.

Upon graduation, worked as a charter pilot and eventually obtained his instructor rating and became a Helicopter Flight Instructor.

Adam joined Great Lakes Helicopter in 2008 as a Flight Instructor and spray/charter pilot. Over the years Adam has conducted a wide variety of flight operations such as aerial spraying, (forestry, crop, greenhouse,) vertical reference work and cinematography in many regions of Canada.

Adam currently has accumulated over 3000 flight hours in both turbine and piston aircraft and is a Class 1 Flight Instructor.

Chase Koolen

Chase KoolenChase is a spray/utility pilot with Great Lakes Helicopter. Chase obtained his Commercial Helicopter License with Great Lakes Helicopter in 2008. Chase’s career in aviation has ranged from Fuel Truck driver to Airport Manager, and eventually becoming a helicopter pilot with Great Lakes Helicopter.

Growing up in a farming community and working various jobs prior to starting his flying career, has become a valuable asset in ancillary skills not normally covered under the general scope of aviation.

Chase’s responsibilities with Great Lakes Helicopter include primarily aerial application flying, with growing experience in other utility work when needed.

Chase is currently endorsed to fly the R22, R44 and Bell 206 helicopter. Chase has worked with Great Lakes Helicopter for three years.

Stan Mance

Stan ManceStan is an aviation enthusiast who began his career in Aviation as a second career. His passion for aviation started early for Stan and he obtained his private pilot’s license in 1990.

Stan was a long time business owner in KW when he realized his dream of becoming a helicopter pilot could actually become a reality. While running his business, Stan began his training as a commercial helicopter pilot with Great Lakes Helicopter in 2007.

With Stan’s vast experience in business and marketing, it became evident that Stan would be a perfect fit for Great Lakes Helicopter. So upon his graduation from Great Lakes Helicopter in 2008, Stan was hired as a pilot and marketing director for Great Lakes Helicopter.

Stan has been instrumental in marketing Great Lakes spray program as both a pilot and spray coordinator. Stan’s responsibilities with Great Lakes Helicopter include flying (aerial spray/tours/photography etc.), marketing the flight school and charter operations.

Stan has accumulated over 1,000 hours with Great Lakes Helicopter.

John Rae

AME/Safety Manager
John RaeJohn has been an aviation enthusiast his entire life. He is a private fixed wing pilot, and is also licensed to fly gyro’s. John is actually building a Pietenpol airplane in his driveway!

John graduated from Centennial College’s Aviation Maintenance program over 30 years ago.

Upon graduation, John spent some time in Western Canada working as an AME for companies such as McPhail Aviation, in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. John moved back to Ontario in 1989 where he began working as an AME for Rotor Services Limited.

John has worked on many aircraft over his vast career, including: Gazelle 341, Bell 206 Series Helicopters, Hughes 300/500, Bell 47 Series, R22/R44 and other piston helicopters.

John is a valued employee with Rotor Services and as AME and also as a Sheet Metal Specialist.

Mike Warford

Mike WarfordUpon graduation from College of the North Atlantic, in Gander, Newfoundland, Mike was immediately hired by Rotor Services Limited as an Apprentice in 2003.

Growing up in a small town in Central Newfoundland and moving to Kitchener/Waterloo was quite a change for Mike back in 2003.

Mike has proven to be an asset for Rotor Services over the years, and Mike became a licensed AME in 2006.

Mike has recently completed the R44 Canadian Field Maintenance Course and is now qualified to work on the R66 helicopter.

Mike is also licensed on the R22/R44 Helicopter and Bell 206 Series Helicopters, and has also completed the Bell 206 Component Overhaul course.

Newfoundland will probably always be “home” to Mike, but he has settled very well living in Guelph, Ontario with his wife and young daughter.

Libor Bocek

AME/Production Manager/Part-time PRM
Libor BocekGrowing up in the Czech Republic, Libor was always interested in Aviation. Libor moved to Canada in 1984, and upon finishing high school, decided to become a Chef. After working for a few years as a Chef, Libor’s interest in Aviation became apparent when he registered for the Aviation Maintenance program at Canadore College.

Upon graduation from Canadore College in 1995, Libor was hired by Rotor Services as an Apprentice.

Libor is endorsed on many helicopters, including the Bell 206 Series, R22/R44 Helicopters and has worked on other helicopters such as the AStar.

Libor has attended many workshops/courses over the years, including the R44 Factory Maintenance Training Course, and the Quality Assurance Workshop.

Libor is an invaluable employee and Bill’s “right hand man”, operating as PRM when Bill is away.

Jeff McDonald

Apprentice (AME)
Jeff McDonaldJeff is the newest addition to the Rotor Services/Great Lakes Helicopter team.

Graduating the Spring of 2013 from Canadore College, Jeff was immediately hired by Rotor Services as an Apprentice.

Upon hiring Jeff this past Spring, it became quickly apparent that Jeff is a hard worker and conscientious employee.

Jeff was instrumental this past summer working with Great Lakes Helicopter spray operations as truck driver and spray mix rig operator.

Jeff is continuing to work on his AME license working on the R22 and R44 Helicopters.