Portlock Aviation, LLC was founded by industry veteran, Jim Kettles with primary emphasis on experience driven helicopter sales, consulting and subject matter expertise in the general aviation and commercial helicopter business. Jim’s history of well over thirty years in the industry includes an extensive and varied background in military and civil helicopter flight operations, management, flight instruction, new and used aircraft sales as well as consulting. As a former FAA Part 135 director of operations, check airman, director of sales and many other disciplines, his experience brings a multifaceted viewpoint to what can be a diverse and challenging business.

With well over ten thousand hours of accident and incident free flight time in over twenty model type helicopters, Jim Kettles brings to bear an exceptional and distinctive background in air medical, offshore, cargo, law enforcement and corporate flight operations around the United States and Canada. Jim’s experience comes from a rich and varied background that traces his third generation aviation roots back to 1917 as the grandson of a WWI and WWII combat pilot.

Background, experience and credibility are quite often not commonly found when considering retaining someone to provide guidance for buying or selling a helicopter or airplane. Is your broker simply familiar with the helicopter business or can you say that they genuinely have a comprehensive background in operations, sales, management and oversight?

Additionally, Portlock Aviation can provide exclusive guidance and support for matters relating to aircraft model type selection, configuration, customization, management and maintenance. Utilizing other industry veterans, the company can also present unique solutions to diverse and complex situations.