Meet Paradise Helicopter Pilot, Mooch**
Q&A with Paradise Helicopters Pilot, Mooch
Where are you from?
I am a child of the Pacific Islands. I grew up in Guam, Hawai’i, and the Philippines, and finished high school in California where I enlisted in the US Marine Corps.
How did you end up in Hawai’i?
As the sunset of my twilight tour in the Marine Corps approached, I decided to return to Hawai’i. I have always loved the cultural diversity and spirit of Aloha and ‘Ohana that we all share so unselfishly. Also, living in the tropics, surrounded by beaches and surf, was a huge deciding factor.
Why did you become a pilot?
I began my career as an enlisted man serving nearly ten years in Marine Infantry and Force Reconnaissance (special operations). After I was commissioned as a Marine Officer, I was offered and accepted an opportunity to go to the US Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Aviator on the Commodore’s List.
What’s your background in flight experience? Where did you get the bulk of your hours?
Most of my flight time and experience is from my military service. I am type rated in both rotary and fixed wing naval aircraft. During my military career, I flew 531 combat missions during multiple tours in Operation Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
What is your favorite tour to fly and why?
What’s your favorite place to eat in Hawai’i?
Is there a flight you’ve done that sticks out to you as a favorite?