Meet our Team
POSITION: CEO, Founder & Chief Flight Instructor
Nick, founder and CEO of Heli Aviation was born in Germany. He graduated the University of Applied Science and became a Certified and State Approved Economist. At the age of 16, he founded the company Herle Funkservice GmbH, which was specialized in mobile radio services for companies, airports, aircraft and public authorities. He strived and succeeded in making professional radio communication affordable for most people and financially weak firms.
Nick received his Pilot Certificate at the age of 17 and treasured most of his flying experience in Germany. Upon completion of his Training, he achieved the EASA ratings to fly Robinson R44, Eurocopter EC120 and Bell 206. In 2011, he moved to the U.S. to continue his flight training and started Heli Aviation. Currently, he holds an EASA and Instrument rated FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate, as well as an FAA Flight Instructor rating and flies and provides training in Bell 206 Long Ranger, Robinson R66, Agusta A109 and MD500E.
NAME: Jacob D. Ross
POSITION: Operations Manager
Jacob was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, joined the United States Marine Corps in 2005 and got promoted to Sergeant in Computer/Data Systems before he honorably discharged in 2010 to pursue his dreams of flying and starting a career to become a helicopter pilot at the Middle Georgia State College/University in Eastman, GA. Shortly after, he got promoted to Dispatch Manager and became a certified flight instructor. During his training, he gained proficiency in Night Vision Google operations. In 2016, he joined Heli Aviation as an Operations Manager and is responsible for coordinating project logistics and monitoring operations. His attention to detail and follow-through enable him to meet the needs of our customers and our employees in the field with efficiency and accuracy.
NAME: Daniel A. Corleto
POSITION: Director of Maintenance, A&P IA
In June, 2016 Dan accepted the Role of Director of Maintenance overseeing and controlling Rotorcraft Maintenance for Heli Aviation. His aviation career spans more than 25 Years maintaining airplanes and mainly helicopter for large operators such as PHI, Inc. and Rotorcraft Leasing, Inc. His primary focus includes overseeing 135 compliance and operations, ensuring fast return of service of all aircraft, without sacrificing the quality and consistency of maintenance.
NAME: Michael Berkitsch
POSITION: Chief Pilot
Mike was born and raised in Austria. With over 30 years flying experience of which he worked 12 years as an EMS Pilot and owned/operated his own Flight School, Mike is a great resource, especially for career oriented Students, that need the right advice of how to get started as a commercial pilot. Besides his Pilot position, Mike is also the man behind the scenes responsible for coordinating project logistics and monitoring operations. His attention to detail and follow-through enable him to meet the needs of our customers and our employees in the field with efficiency and accuracy. Mike began working at Heli Aviation in 2015 after completion of his IFR Rating with us.
NAME: Trip Noll
POSITION: Commercial Pilot
With a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of St. Thomas, in Minnesota, Trip is a retired law enforcement officer who has lived all over the U.S. as well as the Middle East. After moving to Florida, Trip completed the Heli Aviation Career Pilot Program, where he earned his FAA Private Certificate, Instrument-, and Commercial Pilot Certificate. After graduating, Trip got hired at Heli Aviation to fly Sightseeing Tours and Aerial Photo Contracts. Because of his attention to detail and sincere enthusiasm in providing excellent customer service, Trip is a great addition to our team.
NAME: Jacob Tipton
POSITION: Flight Instructor
Jacob first began his professional career as a U.S. Marine, serving as a Squad Leader specializing in Bulk Fueling. He would go on to earn his Associates of Applied Science in Aviation Technology in Arizona, eventually going on to earn his Commercial and Flight Instructor Rotorcraft license. Jake is an extraordinary young talent, with intense focus on safety, and possessing unique multi-lingual capabilities, including German and Spanish. He joined Heli Aviation in October, 2016 as a Certified Flight Instructor with Instrument rating.
NAME: Victoria M. Rahming
POSITION: Flight Instructor
Victoria was born in Spain and raised in the Bavarian Alps. She started flying Helicopters in Florida and has extensive experience in offshore flying, flight instruction and mountain flying. Her outstanding commitment to flight safety and her experience in flight instruction makes her a very valuable asset to our students and company. She instructs basic and advanced flight training in the Robinson R22, R44 and Robinson R66 Turbine Helicopter and holds an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.
She is currently working on her instrument rating and CFII (Instrument Flight Instructor). Victoria was hired in 2012 as an certified helicopter flight instructor for our facility in Florida and speaks fluent German and English.
NAME: Delores Kloss (Dee)
POSITION: Administrative Assistant
Dee started with Heli Aviation in December 2014. This job was her first exposure to aviation after over 20 years of office management experience with SunTrust Bank. Dee’s primary focus throughout her career has been to offer excellent customer service. In her current role, Dee works closely with our CEO Niclas Herle on various tasks including assisting with day-to-day operations and managing special projects. Her background and experience made her a valuable member of our Team.