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A Day in the Life of Helicopter Pilots

Published: October 19, 2017 | Category: Academics

Sam Ratterree head shotOn Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:30 a.m., A.P.E.X. Events will host its bi-annual “A Day in the Life” series, which features a guest who will talk about their profession and its day-to-day activities.  This “A Day in the Life” event will feature helicopter and MedEvac  pilots with guest Sam Ratterree, and will be held in The Whiting Room on the 2nd floor of The Hunter Conference Center on SUU’s campus.  Please check suuapex.com or suu.edu/apex for details this event and Sam Ratterree.

This event will be free and open to the public.

Sam Ratterree is the head of the Training Department at PHI, Inc.  In addition to his managerial duties, Captain Ratterree is also an active instructor and check pilot for PHI, Inc. for the S-92, H145, and EC135.  His diverse training career has included time as an instructor in civilian FAR Part 61, 135, and 141 curricula.  He is a former military instructor pilot for the United States Army, culminating with time spent teaching at the UH-60 Instructor Pilot Course. 

During his tenure in the Army, Ratterree deployed on two combat tours to Afghanistan as a MedEvac pilot.  He followed that service by flying helicopters in support of civilian EMS programs, before eventually joining the Oil and Gas support sector.  Ratterree received his aviation maintenance technician training from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and commercial aviation degree training from the University of North Dakota.

“I think the life of a pilot is exciting, intense, and full of awe, and I can’t wait to learn more about how pilots train, work and fly. The A.P.E.X. Event Series is proud to shed some light on the “real-world” of a helicopter pilot. For anyone considering aviation or with even a small fascination of the subject, this event is sure to be a pleasure!”



Contact Information:
Dr. Lynn Vartan
vartan@suu.edu