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EDGAR A. REA (SONNY) - Chief Pilot
Sonny joined HeloAir full time in December 2014 as our S-76D Chief Pilot and Director of Safety. However, he is not a newcomer to HeloAir team. He has flown for HeloAir since retiring from the USMC in 1997 and initially was our pilot/manager for Sky13 in the Greater Hampton Roads area. In 2000, he took a full time position with the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) performing a variety of missions in various airplanes (executive transport, photogrammetry, criminal extraditions and wild life surveys). As DOAV’s resident helicopter expert, Sonny was allowed to continue flying part-time for HeloAir over all these years. Sonny retired from the Department of Aviation to accept the great opportunity to lead our Sikorsky S-76D program.

Virginia born and raised, Sonny served 7 years in the Virginia Air National Guard and 20 years in the USMC. Besides flying the CH-46 in the USMC, Sonny also served as a helicopter flight instructor with the US Naval Air Training Command (HT-8) and as the USMC Search and Rescue model manager at MCAS Cherry Point. The highlight of his career was as a White House Helicopter Aircraft Commander for President G.H.W. Bush, flying the “White Top” VH-3’s & VH-60’s as well as other helicopters in support of worldwide Presidential missions.

 
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