Alamo & Austin Helicopter’s Pilots
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”.
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 Pilot for Alamo flight school and Part 135 charter pilot.
Ryan graduated from Everglades University where he earned 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!
Joe grew up on a farm in North Texas and served 4 honorable years in the Navy as an F/A-18 mechanic. After serving our country, he received his degree in Ag Econ in 2014 from Texas Tech. Joe always wanted to fly helicopters, so immediately started training with Alamo Helicopter in 2014. He received his private, commercial and certified flight instructor certificates from Alamo Helicopters and now flies tours and teaches for Alamo Helicopters. For Joe, a day flying is always a good day!
For as long as Alex can remember, he’s been obsessed with flying, specifically helicopters. Alex used to draw helicopters and build them with Legos when he was a kid. Every time one flew over head, he would stop whatever he was doing to watch until he couldn’t see or hear it anymore. While in the Marine Corps, Alex was frequently in and around helicopters, which fueled his spark into an inferno.
“I remember watching the pilots effortlessly maneuver the ships. I couldn’t tell if it was precision or art. One day it clicked. This was what I was born to do!”
Alex started trainig with Alamo Helicopters in 2012 and earned his private, commercial, instrument, and certified flight instructor ratings. When asked about his career choice, Alex states “I love my job and genuinely look forward to coming to work every day.” When he’s not flying, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and family, shooting, camping and off-road adventures in his truck with his wife and dog. To this day, he still stops what he’s doing to watch helicopters when they fly by.