HAA Mentor Series Speaker Joel Beckett

By Amy Smith March 9th, 2017 | Flying | Helicopters | Events

HAA Mentor Series presents our next speaker Joel Beckett. Joel was a former helicopter CFI at the Troutdale Campus who is now working for Columbia Helicopters in Afghanistan as a Vertol 107 co-pilot.He began working for Columbia in firefighting operations last summer and moved into the Afghanistan operations this winter. He recently returned from his first deployment. Joel will share stories about his transition into this new position as a copilot in a tandem rotor helicopter and his experiences firefighting and in Afghanistan.

Join us Thursday, March 16 at 1pm at our Troutdale Campus for Joel’s presentation.

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