Current Instructors

Thomas Bue, Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

 Born and raised on a farm in Palmer, Alaska Thomas grew up around his family’s fixed wing airplanes. It wasn’t until one of his summer jobs that he had an opportunity to work with a helicopter. Daily helicopter rides to work as well as watching the helicopter move equipment around fueled his interest in a career in aviation. After researching different flight schools Thomas decided to stay here in Alaska where he earned his private pilot fixed wing rating. He then hopped into helicopters to complete his training here at Alyeska Helicopters. Here he earned his ratings through CFII. When he isn’t working with students fulfilling their dreams of flying Thomas can usually be found in the mountains, lakes, or trails enjoying the natural playground in his backyard.

Ty Potgieter

Ty comes to us with years of experience understanding what it takes to help others learn. He has been an outdoor guide all over the world: Russia, Seychelles, and Alaska to list a few. Besides helicopters, Ty's expertise is fly-fishing. He met Alyeska Helicopters while working as a guide at Winterlake Lodge nestled in the wilds of the Alaska Range. Ty completed his rotorcraft training with us, including his CFI. Students will have the benefit of learning from someone trained in the locally.


Kameron Kimball

Kameron grew up in the small town of Grace, Idaho. He did his flight training in the high desert of Idaho and Utah. Since then, he taught in the region as a CFII. Recently he accepted an offer to join Alyeska's team at Merrill Field. He moved to Alaska with his wife and two little girls. His love for helicopters came from a fire fighting season with the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho. At that time Kameron decided he wanted to be a pilot. When he is not flying he enjoys spending time with his family and exploring outside. He is excited to be in Alaska and loves sharing his passion for helicopters with others.