Our Staff & Partners
Our staff is very small. We do not "employ" anyone, only Grant, our great leader! We do have great relationships with a few key partners that make this organization possible. Take a look and learn a bit more about who runs the site and what each of us do for you.
That's me! I started this site as a selfish endeavor because I was working on a few helicopters as a mechanic. I had a lot of questions that needed answers and there was just no good online resource for the Robinson line of helicopters. It seemed to me that the worlds best selling helicopter should at least have an owners group. So I took my little computer at the time and hacked out a simple website in a few days and published it for the world to see. Over the past several years I have gotten better at being a computer guy and a little better at being a mechanic. I hope you enjoy the site as much as I have enjoyed being a part of it.
A little about me
I grew up in Mississippi and learned about airplanes from my uncle and neighbor. I caught the bug early on and went to school to be a pilot. I ran out of money and joined the military. After serving in the reserves for several years I ended up with my A&P and pilot's license and went to work for a small regional airline as a mechanic. I left there and went to work for a small company doing aviation data analysis for aircraft maintenance. When I had decided I was smarter than everybody there (In hindsight I'm an idiot) I left there and started my own company and developed an online aircraft maintenance software application. We trudged along for a few years and then I became a father and could no longer pretend to be the big shot business owner (Those of you who own businesses can relate) I decided it was time to move on. Eventually, I ended up with a fantastic career at a great aviation company where I am the Technical Support Manager. I live in Minnesota with my Wife Jean and daughter Bridget. I hold a commercial single engine land and sea ratings with instrument rating and an A&P. (P.S. - Don't tell anyone.... I don't have a rotor-wing rating.....yet)
We recently hired the services of NextBIT to help with the migration and upgrade of our website. It has been a great relationship that will continue into the future. NextBIT will handle all of our upgrades, modifications, & issues. NextBit is headed up by Eve Raymond.
Eve has a background in business and a masters degree in information science focused on the collection, organization, accessibility, and preservation of information. Five years of hands on, real world, project management experience has taught her how to balance stakeholder needs to accomplish common goals. Eve is dedicated to producing high quality results. Using knowledge management tools, such as process mapping, Eve helps to create efficiency and understanding throughout organizations. She has an additional five years of small business marketing and management experience in the publishing and specialty product industries.
nextBIT's senior programmer has over 15 years of experience programming in multiple platforms and keeps up with the newest products and techniques. This enables nextBIT to add great features to our website and to offer cost savings through knowledge of time-saving solutions to keep our site free of charge for the users.
Our moderators in the community forum are there as a defense against internet thugs who want us to cash a check for them. (Don't worry the check is good) Since we launched the new site that type of activity is few and far between. Most of the moderators deal with issues related to legitimate members who sometimes need a gentle reminder about what is and is not appropriate behavior. For the most part we have a wonderful group of pilots,mechanics, enthusiasts, & vendors who frequent the site on a daily basis to keep themselves sane. The moderators just make sure they play nice.