Rhonda made stuffed clams, stuffed mushrooms, deviled eggs, cocktail meatballs not to mention other items.
Of course we had “happy” egg-nog and Hot buttered rum.
We were happy to get a surprise visit from former CFI, Grant Hamilton. Grant works for Dartmouth flying EMS in New England, VT and New Hampshire.
We were also happy to see new student John Gore visit.
Happy Holidays to all of the staff!
Before the holidays, the school enjoyed many treats. Charlie made his famous Vodka Pasta for all of us.
BOY did we pig out!!!
Excellent job Charlie! Your pasta Rocks!
Charlie preparing the table for lunch.
New student, Stuart Webster waiting for lunch.
Great spread. THANKS CHARLIE!!
A long time ago…right here in Ellington, one of our instructors was approached by a young guy named Han Friedman who wanted to hone his flying skills. The instructor explained that the best flying skills to be had were obtained by learning to fly helicopters. Well long story short, young Mr. Friedman signed up for lessons with us and really took to flying well. We dug up an old photo of Mr. Friedman just in time for the holidays and just thought it would be nice to share. Ordinarily we hear back from our alumni, but this is one guy we never heard from…now what could he be up to?
Han “Solo” Friedman – 1st Solo in the Aluminum Falcon – Great job!
We also found these notes from his instructor:
– “always asking about how to convert knots to parsecs…must look this up for him.”
– “Solo cross-country to “Kessel”…well planned, but fly slower next time.
– “Note…a little too interested in the smuggling capabilities of the R22…may need to bring this up with the chief if it continues.”
A few staff were missing this year unfortunately. Reid Carberry – Dispatch, Kenny Rebuck – Dispatch, and Owner, John Boulette.
Top, in the helicopter, Marlin Kontje, CFII. Top left to right: John Simone – CFII, Bob Boucher – Mechanic, Tim Dunn – Assistant Chief, Henry Churchill – CFII, Charlie Cushing – CFII. Left to Right, Mike Rosenbush – CFII, Andrew Putnam – CFII, Matt Irsfeld – CFII, Rhonda Boulette – Owner, and Brent Duca – CFII.
Happy Holiday’s from all of us at NEH
Fly Safe in 2009
Tuesday, December 2, 08 the school held another “Hangar Chat”. We were so lucky to have our alumni participate for the event. Chris Grundy (PHI – Corpus Christi, TX), Bob Lynch (Air Logistics – Louisiana) and Jason Sohn, (fomerly from Air Logistics – Louisiana, now flying for Liberty Helicopters in NYC).
Then…. out of the clear blue, Mark Smith, shows up to visit. Mark is going back many, many years with NEH. Mark is flying for PHI also.
There was great talk and the evening was extremely informative. Everyone had a real good time.
Rhonda made her homemade ziti and not a drop was left by the end of the night.
Thank you Bob, Chris, and Jason for making this evening so special! You guys are the best!
Air2 flies into Ellington to refuel during powerline patrol. Its not very often we see someone sitting on the skids of a helicopter during approach.
Just because its winter doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a good BBQ. Here is commercial student Tseko grilling up some marinated venison.
Thanks again Tseko for an excellent treat!!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008 our “Hangar Chat” will consist of three of NEH Alumni that fly or have flown off-shore.
Christopher Grundy will be attending. Chris flies the S-92 and S-76 for PHI (Petroleum Helicopter Inc.) in Corpus Christi, TX.
Bob Lynch who flies for Air Logistics in Louisianna will be attending, and Jason Sohn who also flew for Air Log, but is currently flying tours for Liberty Helicopters in New York City.
This is going to be an AWESOME hangar chat. Rhonda will be making a big feast for everyone so come hungry!
We hope you can attend. Call the school and let Rhonda know if you can attend, so she makes enough food for everyone!
The newest group of students from New York City to join the Northeast family are: Klynt Hay from West New York, NJ, Dalia Rodriguez from NY, NY and Elizabeth Kassman from NY, NY.
Klynt is a professional photographer and that is how he met Liz Kassman who is a model. Dalia is an Independant Contractor. All three are adding “helicopter pilot” to their resumes.
The three of them arranged the same training schedules with their instructors so they can car pool together up to CT. They have back to back classes three days a week and stay at the Northeast Helicopters apartments. It’s working out great! Welcome!
Congratuations to New CFII, Brent Duca!
Brent Duca took his first demo flight back in at 1998, when he was 16 years old at Northeast Helicopters. He was hooked. Brent broke our record of the fastest, most aggressive “Pro-Trac” student completing the entire program in one year! We are congratulating Brent for work well done, complete dedication and becoming a Northeast Helicopters Flight Instructor! Way to GO!