Current Instructors

Turner Pahl

Growing up in Southeast Alaska, Turner fell in love with helicopters at an early age. His first job was working on a glacier in Skagway, a job that came with the added benefit of weekly helicopter rides. That was enough to get him hooked. He worked and saved, earning his licenses over a couple years. He moved to Anchorage in 2010 to get his Commercial and CFI at Alyeska Helicopters. He was hired as a CFI in spring of 2012. He enjoys living in South-Central now, spending his spare time in the outdoors, fishing hiking and camping in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. Turner loves flying in Alaska. "Having all the beauty of glaciers and towering peaks only minutes away in your back yard makes great flying opportunities, especially since many of these places would take days to hike to. I just don't have that kind of time!"

Thomas Bue

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 then hopped into helicopters to complete his training here at Alyeska helicopters where 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.

Kevin Brashar

Kevin was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved to Montana after high school. He started coming to Alaska in 2005 and worked at a dog camp on the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. After a couple of summers working with sled dogs, Kevin moved to Willow to work with an Iditarod musher who turned him on to wildland firefighting. When Kevin saw the application of helicopter work in the wildland fire setting, he knew that was what he wanted to do, and the rest as they say, is history. Not really...he went to flight school in Pocatello, Idaho. There he completed his training through CFII. He moved to Alaska with his lovely and talented wife, who is from Alaska, to work for Alyeska Helicopters.

Ben Briceland

Hailing from Meadow Lakes, Alaska Ben grew up always being aware of the constant air traffic around Alaska. However it wasn’t until attending college for engineering at Embry Riddle in Prescott, Arizona that the possibility of declaring a minor in helicopters captured his attention. Upon returning home and doing an intro flight, he was hooked. Taking the next couple of years to save up money by substitute teaching, working at a credit union and construction he finally decided upon staying in Alaska for his training. Acquiring his Private, Instrument, Commercial and CFI all under Alyeska, Ben has made the transition from student to instructor and is continuing his pursuit of an aviation career while thoroughly enjoying getting everyone else addicted to helicopters.

Jason Collins

Growing up on a ranch in Pendleton, Oregon, Jason’s first helicopter experience was with a Vietnam Veteran at 12 years old, crop dusting with a Bell 47. Jason was amazed by the maneuverability of the helicopter; it could go side to side AND backwards! At 17 he joined the Army, where he experienced many flights in Blackhawks which further fueled his interest in helicopters. After fulfilling his tour of duty he decided it was time to take on the world of acting in Hollywood. Jason spent 10 very memorable years in Los Angeles, working in the entertainment business. During that time he heard a radio commercial for Silver State Helicopters and decided to sign up for the professional pilot program. A majority of his training was with Silver State, but finished with Alyeska Helicopters. Aside from instructing the wonderful students we have at Alyeska Helicopters, Jason also enjoys pizza and long walks on Taxiway Alpha.