Bill Leyburne

Owner/AME/PRM

Leyburne_BillBill grew up in North Bay, Ontario and attended Canadore College immediately upon graduation from high school. Bill graduated from the Aircraft Maintenance program in 1981.

Upon graduation, Bill moved out West and worked for a few years with operators such as, Lift Air International and Lamb Air, in Churchill, Manitoba.

In 1984, Bill moved back to Ontario and worked for Ranger Helicopters in Sault Ste. Marie until he moved to Goose Bay, Labrador and began to work for Sealand Helicopters. After a couple of years working in Goose Bay, Bill moved to Sealand’s head office, in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Also working at Sealand Helicopters, was an old college friend of Bill’s, Wade Culliton who was also a licensed AME. In 1988, Bill and Wade realized the need for AME’s in Southern Ontario, to perform maintenance on aircraft owned by operators, who did not have their own AME’s, so they decided to leave Sealand and open up their own business in Southern Ontario. Wade left the company after a couple of years, but Bill continued on his own, eventually starting Great Lakes Helicopter in 2003.

John Rae

AME/Safety Manager
Rae_JohnJohn has been an aviation enthusiast his entire life. He is a private fixed wing pilot, and is also licensed to fly gyro’s. John is actually building a Pietenpol airplane in his driveway!

John graduated from Centennial College’s Aviation Maintenance program over 30 years ago.

Upon graduation, John spent some time in Western Canada working as an AME for companies such as McPhail Aviation, in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. John moved back to Ontario in 1989 where he began working as an AME for Rotor Services Limited.

John has worked on many aircraft over his vast career, including: Gazelle 341, Bell 206 Series Helicopters, Hughes 300/500, Bell 47 Series, R22/R44 and other piston helicopters.

John is a valued employee with Rotor Services and as AME and also as a Sheet Metal Specialist.

Mike Warford

AME

Warford_MikeUpon graduation from College of the North Atlantic, in Gander, Newfoundland, Mike was immediately hired by Rotor Services Limited as an Apprentice in 2003.

Growing up in a small town in Central Newfoundland and moving to Kitchener/Waterloo was quite a change for Mike back in 2003.

Mike has proven to be an asset for Rotor Services over the years, and Mike became a licensed AME in 2006.

Mike has recently completed the R66 Canadian Field Maintenance Course and is now qualified to work on the R66 helicopter.

Mike is also licensed on the R22/R44 Helicopter and Bell 206 Series Helicopters, and has also completed the Bell 206 Component Overhaul course.

Newfoundland will probably always be “home” to Mike, but he has settled very well living in Guelph, Ontario with his wife and young daughter.

Libor Bocek

AME/Production Manager/Part-time PRM

Bocek_LiborGrowing up in the Czech Republic, Libor was always interested in Aviation. Libor moved to Canada in 1984, and upon finishing high school, decided to become a Chef. After working for a few years as a Chef, Libor’s interest in Aviation became apparent when he registered for the Aviation Maintenance program at Canadore College.

Upon graduation from Canadore College in 1995, Libor was hired by Rotor Services as an Apprentice.

Libor is endorsed on many helicopters, including the Bell 206 Series, R22/R44 Helicopters and has worked on other helicopters such as the AStar.

Libor has attended many workshops/courses over the years, including the R44 Factory Maintenance Training Course, and the Quality Assurance Workshop.

Libor is an invaluable employee and Bill’s “right hand man”, operating as PRM when Bill is away.

Jeff McDonald

Apprentice (AME)

McDonald_JeffJeff is the newest addition to the Rotor Services/Great Lakes Helicopter team.

Graduating the Spring of 2013 from Canadore College, Jeff was immediately hired by Rotor Services as an Apprentice.

Upon hiring Jeff this past Spring, it became quickly apparent that Jeff is a hard worker and conscientious employee.

Jeff was instrumental this past summer working with Great Lakes Helicopter spray operations as truck driver and spray mix rig operator.

Jeff is continuing to work on his AME license working on the R22 and R44 Helicopters.