Article by Mike Tully & Amanda Hoppes
Aerial Services is flying higher and better today! Yes, we now have a Bell 206B helicopter for use with LiDAR but more importantly, it is piloted with one of the Best of the Best, Kelli Paschke. She is one of the few, if not the only female helicopter pilot capturing LiDAR in the U.S.
Kelli has been a professional pilot since 2012. She ensures that her flights follow federal, state, and local agency safety standards and coordinates high traffic flights with air traffic control. When not piloting the chopper, she assists the aircraft mechanics to ensure the aircraft meet FAA guidelines. Kelli has over 500 hours of total flight time and has been the pilot responsible for flying multiple aerial photography projects at Aerial Services for the past 2 years. To keep up with rapidly changing technology in aviation , Kelli attends webinars, conferences, and trainings when she is not up in the air taking care of business. The Aerial Services Team would not be complete without Kelli’s skill, ambition, and determination to be the best pilot possible. Go Girl!