Timberline's Staff & Crew
Ammy Jorgenson President
In 2006, Brian and Ammy Jorgenson co-founded Timberline Helicopters after operating a Kaman K-Max for 16 months in partnership with Horizon Helicopters. In the beginning, Ammy fulfilled the duties of bookkeeper, HR, payroll, and supplies for the operation. In late 2006, the company transitioned to a corporation for tax and liability purposes. On April 1, 2007, Timberline Helicopters, Inc. formally began operations as a corporation. At this point, Ammy was pregnant with the first of two children and it was decided that it would be beneficial for the new family for her to step out of day to day operations until the children were in school. During the next several years, she participated in the major decisions of the company including rebuilding a second K-Max, purchasing and operating a UH-1H, purchasing and completing a new AS350, purchasing 2 UH-60A’s, and raising two wonderful kids. In fall 2015, with the kids both in school, Ammy rejoined the company as President.
Brian Jorgenson Vice President
Co-founded Timberline Helicopters, Inc. with his wife Ammy and served as President from 2007-2015. Brian now serves as Vice President and has over 14,000 hours of flight experience, most in turbine helicopters performing external load operations. Brian helped grow the helicopter fleet from 1 helicopter to 9 in 12 years and was directly responsible for overseeing all company operations from 2007-2015. He is always looking for new and exciting opportunities and ways to grow the company into new markets and expanded capabilities. In 2014, Brian saw the opportunity to purchase a UH-60A “Blackhawk” and begin a new journey toward becoming a Type Certificate Holder. His vision and hard work have helped lead the company since the beginning toward new capabilities and continued growth. Brian remains directly involved in all company operations and daily management of helicopter precision lift and production activities.
Travis Storro Chief Operating Officer
Travis began his career refurbishing Kaman H-43’s from bone yard to flight status for Horizon Helicopters where he met Brian and Ammy. After they formed Timberline, Travis worked for Timberline as a field mechanic on the K-Max. In 2007, Travis left Timberline to pursue his dream of flying at Hillsboro Aviation where he obtained Helicopter Commercial and CFI ratings before returning in 2010 as Timberline’s Director of Maintenance. Since then, he has been busy adding to THI’s list of capabilities including setting up a 145 Repair Station, becoming a Kaman authorized vendor for structural repair, and leading the Restricted Category Type Certification project for Timberline’s UH-60A Blackhawk helicopters. In 2016, Travis accepted the role of Chief Operation Officer.
Jerry Swanson Certification Manager
Jerry began his helicopter career in 1985 as a shop mechanic on Bell UH-1's. He has worked for several different companies filling positions including Shop Foreman, Chief Inspector, Director of Maintenance, Certification Manager, and General Manager. With experience including Bell, Agusta, MDHC, Sikorsky, and Kaman, he has a well-rounded background with rotary-wing aircraft. Jerry has also developed a PMA program and served as an FAA DMIR in the past. His extensive background with Restricted Category Helicopters and experience obtaining Type Certificates and several STCs for modifications makes Jerry a key part of our operations. He joined THI in 2014 to guide the Type Certification program for the UH-60A and now serves as our company's Certification Manager.
Patti Balch HR & Compliance Manager
Patti began her career in Accounting/HR in 2003, most recently with Quest Aircraft for 9 years before coming to Timberline in late 2017. She plays a key role in company operations by serving as Human Resources and Compliance Manager as well as other duties as needed within the company.
Dori Gordon Office/Parts Manager
Dori worked as the Administrative Manager for a doctor’s office for 11 years before joining Timberline in 2012. She has become Timberline’s primary point of contact in the office serving as receptionist, and handling all shipping/receiving and logistics for parts both at the main hangar and in the field. Dori also fulfills multiple administrative duties and responsibilities for the Repair Station and flight operations. She is the glue that holds our operation together!
Damon Petracci Chief Pilot
After serving four years in the Marine Corps as an Infantry Rifelman, Damon started flight training at Hillsboro Aviation in Oregon. His experience includes: flight instruction, tours, ENG, seismic, construction, VIP transport, surveys, drilling, power line construction, and firefighting. He has flown a number of different aircraft types in various climates and countries. Damon has worked for THI for about two years.
Paul Karren Director of Maintenance
Paul began his aviation career in 1985 working final assembly on the B1-B Lancer long-range strategic bomber for Rockwell International’s North American Aircraft Division. He later accepted a position at Rockwell’s Corporate Flight Department working on a variety of executive aircraft and helicopters. In 1990, he took a position with Aero Air where he worked for the next 10 years managing a large fleet of Part 135 aircraft and helicopters, as well as the maintenance operations of a busy Part 145 repair station and aircraft refurbishment center. In 2000, he accepted a position managing a fleet of privately owned aircraft and helicopters for eight years, some of which were on Part 135 certificate. In 2008 he went to work for Hillsboro Aviation in a number of roles that included Director of Safety, Accountable Manager, and Quality Manager before coming to Timberline in 2017.
Michel Starnes Bookkeeper
Michel joined Timberline in the fall of 2017. She has run her own business for the past 15+ years as an Independent Outsource Bookkeeper. In the past four years since she married, she has lived in Florida, North Dakota and Puerto Rico and is now calling Idaho her “forever” home. Michel is proficient in QuickBooks, streamlining procedures, and tracking vital information which is essential to our business. She performs a key accounting role in our organization and is a great addition to our team!
Timberline Helicopters, Inc. was originally formed as a division of Horizon Helicopters, Inc. of Laclede, Idaho. After operating in this fashion for approximately 18 months Timberline Helicopters began operations as a sole proprietorship of Ammy and Brian Jorgenson utilizing one Kaman K-Max helicopter performing logging operations around the Northwest United States.
At present Timberline Helicopters, employs 30 people in the following operations:
- Heavy lift helicopter services – Powerline construction, ski lift construction, firefighting, logging, general helicopter construction.
- Helicopter and Airplane charter services under 14CFR135 Air Carrier Certificate L0QA604L
- Helicopter rebuild and refurbishment services.
- Helicopter maintenance services under 14CFR145 Repair Station Certificate L0QR604L
- Type certification services for former military aircraft.
- Supplemental Type Certificate development for utility helicopter operations.