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 locally.


Adam Zabel

Adam completed his rotorcraft training in Kailua Kona, HI and Bellingham, WA. He comes to us from Bellingham with over a year of instruction experience. Adam is a Certified Flight Instructor Instrument.