Bruce’s interest in aviation began in High School where he attended an aerospace course as a sophomore and then attended a vocational A&P School as a junior and senior. He went on to complete his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois while concurrently pursuing his FAA Rotorcraft Helicopter Pilot Certificates. He co-owned and operated an FAA approved part 135, 137, and 145 helicopter operation in the Chicago area for more than six years. He flew medical helicopters (VFR and IFR BK-117’s) for more than four years in Nebraska, Ohio, and North Carolina. He came to Airbus (Eurocopter) in 1999 as a pilot and quickly was promoted to Chief Pilot, a position he held for sixteen years. He stepped down in 2016 to begin this new challenge of promoting safety from a lectern…not a cockpit.
With more than thirty-eight years of helicopter experience Bruce is a passionate speaker whose unique perspectives resonate with audiences.