Alamo Helicopter’s Pilots
When Jose was 4 years old he saw a UH-1(Huey) military helicopter land near his house and decided then that he was going to be a helicopter pilot. Jose began his aviation career in 2006 doing agriculture work and flight instruction. In 2013 he joined the Alamo team instructing and giving tours. In 2016, Jose and his wife, Betty, bought Alamo and Austin Helicopter Tours. Jose manages the business and continues to fly. He is a commercial pilot, certified flight instructor, Part 135 charter pilot and Assistant Chief for Alamo Flight Academy. Known for his smile and wit, he is sure to make your experience with Alamo Helicopters very memorable.
Wade Amen-Chief Pilot
I started my flight training in the winter of 2005 and completed my training a year later. My first job in aviation was working as a ground instructor as I finished my Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. Once I completed my CFI, I began to work as a professional pilot in the city of Houston and then moved back to his home town, San Antonio, to teach future pilots and fly tours. Wade has been with Alamo Helicopters since and now is Chief Pilot, however now works as an air medical pilot in Uvalde as well.
One of the awesome experiences that I was fortunate to complete during my years as a commercial pilot was that I was hired to ferry a Robinson R-44 from Houston to Brazil. I flew down the Caribbean chain, Island hopping my way to South America. I flew through the Bermuda Triangle, landed in the Amazon jungle and flew over the Amazon River. I will never forget the beautiful waters and vacation atmosphere that I incurred while “working”.
My most favorite question while working as a pilot has been, “Your job must be fun”. My normal response is that “ Yes it is, my office has a wonderful view”. I don’t need to put up pictures because I have an awesome panoramic right in front of me.
Ryan has seen a lot of action since moving from Grandview, Texas. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 2004, and during his four years of Honorable military service, he completed two tours of duty in Iraq as a Machine Gunner. After his Honorable discharge, Ryan wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with the rest of his life, but he did know one thing: he wanted to learn how to fly helicopters.
“I liked the idea of going to work and doing something different every day. Plus, I could not see myself chained to a desk. At least with flying helicopters, my office would be at about 2000 ft! Also, it is something that not a lot of people do and I like that.”
Ryan began his training in 2008 and never looked back. He’s since completed his Private, Commercial, Instrument and Certified Flight and Instrument Instructor certificates and is the Assistant Chief for Alamo flight school and Part 135 charter pilot.
Ryan graduated from Everglades University where he earned working his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technology. When he’s not flying, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.
Carrie’s helicopter career began in 2008 after an unexpected joyride in Alaska. With an ear-to-ear grin she stepped off the helicopter and said, “Now I know what I want to do with my life!” She began her training in 2011 while she continued to work as a firefighter for the Austin Fire Department. Now retired from firefighting, flying helicopters is her third and final career (she was an engineer before firefighting). She obtained her private, commercial and certified flight instructor certificates all through Alamo Helicopters, and is now thrilled to share the joy of flying and teaching helicopters with others!