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Nick McMahon has 19 years of experience as a licensed pilot (not including the many years of aviation experience prior to earning his license). He has accumulated over 5,000 hours of flight time in numerous makes and models of aircraft (mostly turbine helicopters) and has worked at McMahon Helicopter Services since 1997. Nick grew up in the aviation world. His father, Brian McMahon, founded McMahon Helicopter Services, Inc. in 1980. Wishing to follow in Brian’s footsteps, Nick spent most of his time after school and during the summers washing helicopters, cleaning the hangar floors, and hoping that an opportunity would arise to ride along on a flight each day.
After graduating high school and finally building enough flight time, Nick earned his private helicopter pilot's license in 1999. In 2000, he earned his commercial license and began working as a line pilot at McMahon Helicopter Services. Slowly moving up the ranks, Nick became Chief Pilot in 2006, Director of Operations in 2012, and took over as President of the company in February of 2014 after his father, Brian, unexpectedly passed away at just 63-years-of-age.
Nick and his younger brother Nate purchased McMahon Helicopter Services, Inc. in 2014 and Nick still manages most of the day-to-day flight operations. As a pilot, he specializes primarily in time-critical logistics and aerial imaging applications. In 2010, Nick joined Screen Actors Guild (now SAG-AFTRA) and he continues to work on feature films, television shows, commercials, and live broadcast events that require aerial work.
Aside from piloting, Nick is also an advocate for fair aviation regulation. He frequently provides feedback on current and proposed federal and local aviation regulations as well as new aviation technologies. Nick’s writings and comments have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Aviation International News, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and other media outlets. As President of McMahon Helicopter Services, Nick looks forward to expanding McMahon’s reach into new markets and continuing to improve the helicopter services the company has provided to its customers for over 35-years.