Mark Camus – President

Prior to co-founding Air2, LLC in September of 1998, Mr. Camus served six years in the US Army.  Four of those years were spent in the former West Germany as a helicopter pilot.  After separating from the service, Mr. Camus spent 13 years working for numerous Electrical Utilities in the US and abroad developing flight techniques, and training pilots to fly in a new area of operations for helicopters;  energized power lines with a lineman seated on an external platform attached to the helicopter.

Mr. Camus has over 34 years of civil and military aviation experience and holds FAA Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor certificates as well as a Canadian Commercial helicopter pilot certificate.  He has accumulated over 14,000 total flight hours of which 12,500 hours have been flown entirely for electric utility transmission line inspection, maintenance and construction.

Mr. Camus pioneered many of the flight techniques used today with an external lineman working from a helicopter work platform on both energized and de-energized EHV transmission lines.   He was the second pilot in the world to ever energize a helicopter with a work platform and lineman at 500,000 volts.  He also wrote the industry’s very first flight training manual for this specialized application, and has authored Air2’s own manuals for training, safety, and FAA requirements for external load operations.

Mr. Camus has trained many of the pilots in this industry and other companies abroad in the specialized areas of helicopter platform flight techniques, insulator washing, and vertical reference sling load operations.   He has worked closely with FAA offices nationwide on regulatory issues pertaining to operations, certification, and compliance. Mr. Camus continues to determine project feasibility, and establishes procedure for new applications, as well as train new pilots and flies jobs on an as-needed basis.

Mr. Camus is the inventor of U.S. Patent Number 5,072,895 pertaining to a helicopter platform design that is exclusively licensed to Air2.  He also holds two other aviation-related patents.

Jonathan Sole – Vice President of Operations

Jonathan joined Air2 as a Pilot in October 1999, was promoted to Chief Pilot in June 2008 and Vice President of Operations in August 2011.

Jonno has held a commercial pilot’s license for over 20 years and has 9,800 accident free flight hours. Of these flight hours, over 6,500 hours have been on power line projects.

In the ten years prior to joining Air2, he was a flight instructor, corporate pilot and spent two years in the wildfire fighting sector.

Jonno grew up in Malaysia and was educated at the Kings School in England. He is an avid ice climber and skydiver and holds a RYA Ocean Yachtmaster license.

Nick Hebert – Vice President of Line Operations

Nick Hebert joined Air 2 in January of 2014 as the Director of Line Operations.

Prior to joining Air 2, Nick worked for PowerLine Services/Tessco as an onsite project manager managing substation and transmission line projects ranging in value from 100K to 50M.

In his career, he has managed the construction of 30+ substation projects and 300+ miles of transmission line.

Nick has a Bachelor of Construction Management from Louisiana State University. During his time at LSU he also worked for Entergy Louisiana.

Mike Roederer – Chief Pilot

Air2’s Chief Pilot Mike Roederer manages the day to day flight operations and schedules for all of the company’s 14 helicopter pilots. This includes certifications, training, performance reviews, scheduling, congested area plans, FAA compliance and regulations.

Mike joined Air2 in 2005 as a line pilot and was promoted to Chief Pilot in 2010. Before joining Air2, Mike flew helicopters for the logging industry, forest firefighting, Department of Fish and Game and was also a helicopter flight instructor. Mike has over 17,000 flight hours, his BV-107 type rating, CFI-H certified and is a member of HAI.

Russell Shannon – Director of Maintenance

As Director of Maintenance, Russell is responsible for the maintenance and proper compliance for Air2’s fleet of nine MD500 helicopters. This includes insuring proper compliance with all FAR Regulations under Parts 91, 133 and 135 operations and maintenance scheduling. In addition, Russell manages 13 mechanics, maintaining their schedules, procedures and additional training.

Prior to joining Air2, in 2011, Russell arrived with more than 15 years of experience working with MD 500 aircraft maintenance.

Russell began his career serving 9 years in the US Army as a helicopter mechanic and crew chief, overseeing the maintenance of Med-A-Vac helicopters to supporting Operation Desert Storm.

Russell is A&P Licensed (1997) and a member of HAI.