Andy Wallace Chief Flight Instructor
With more than 8,000 hours of professional flight experience across the state and a deep-rooted work ethic, Andy is one of the most respected pilots in Alaska. As both Director of Operations at Alpine Air Alaska and Chief Flight Instructor at Alyeska Helicopters, Andy brings real-world depth to our curriculum and prepares students for a professional career in aviation. Andy is also a Designated Pilot Examiner for the FAA.
Thomas Bue Assistant Chief Flight Instructor
Thomas comes from a long-time Alaskan family devoted to farming and fixed wing aircraft. Taking a summer job that required daily rides to work in a helicopter and watching the pilot move equipment fueled his interest in a career in aviation at an early age. Thomas trained in Alaska where he earned his private pilot fixed wing rating. He then hopped into helicopters to complete his training here at Alyeska Helicopters and earned his ratings through CFII. When he isn’t working with students fulfilling their dreams of flying, Thomas works as a professional pilot with our sister company, Alpine Air Alaska, flying charter work across the state or scenic flights in the Chugach Mountains. If he’s not in a helicopter, he’s out in the mountains, lakes, or trails enjoying the natural playground in his backyard.
Ty Potgieter Instructor
Ty comes to us with years of experience understanding what it takes to help others learn. He is currently a professional pilot with Alpine Air Alaska flying charters and scenic flights in Southcentral Alaska. Before his career as a pilot he worked as 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, accessible only by float plane or helicopter. Ty completed his rotorcraft training with us, including his CFI. Students will have the benefit of learning from someone trained locally, with a talent for helping others master a new skill.
Tyler Kukowski Instructor
Born and raised in Anchorage, Tyler grew up traversing the interior of the state in bush planes. His journey into an aviation career started at the University of Oklahoma where he earned his fixed wing private pilot certificate as well as a Bachelor of Science. Tyler has worked in Utah as a survey crew lead for the BLM, and in Alaska as a heavy equipment operator for a major mining company. He completed his rotorcraft training at Alyeska Helicopters and was hired as a CFII in May of 2019.
Scott Roberts Instructor
Scott’s aviation career started at 18 when he enlisted in the US Army and spent 6 years as an UH-60 Blackhawk crew-chief. After leaving the army and getting his A&P certificate, he worked as a helicopter field mechanic in Alaska and the lower 48 for 7 years, mostly on Bell medium helicopters. In 2017 he received Inspection Authorization and completed the Robinson Maintenance course. It was then that he decided to go to flight school in Idaho; two years later he finished his CFII and became a flight instructor. It was always his goal to return to Alaska and fly in the most beautiful and challenging environments the state has to offer. When not flying he loves traveling with his wife and two boys, exploring new places, and halibut fishing.