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Woodland Auto Display

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805 238-9317
4251 Dry Creek Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446

Gordon Lichtenberg

Gordon Lichtenberg
Lead Pilot, Mercy Air 34 – PASCA
Air Methods Corp, Paso Robles

August Monthly Dinner

Gordon started flying at 13 and had 250 logged hours on his 16th birthday when when he soloed five airplanes (C182RG, Piper Dakota, Piper Seneca, Maule M7-235 taildragger, Kachina Varga 2180) and two helicopters, a Robinson R22 and a Hughes 269C. After his solo’s that afternoon he went to the DMV and received his car and motorcycle licenses. He worked as an FBO lineman driving gas trucks doing refueling when he recerived his driving temps at 15 1/2.

On his 17th birthday, he received his private single engine land, multi-engine land, rotorcraft and instrument ratings. By his 18th birthday, he received his Single and Multi-engine and Rotor Wing Commercial, CFI and CFII for both fixed wing and rotor and ground instructor.

Gordon started working full time as a flight instructor in San Diego two days after his 18th birthday and started working as an apprentice A&P on his down time. Just before his 19th birthday he hit 1200 hours and started flying single pilot multi-engine freight in a variety of piston and turboprop twins and singles. That company was bought by a helicopter operator in LA that flew helicopters so turbine helicopters were added to his portfolio to fly part 135 including part 133 long line operations. He also taught aerobatics in a variety of high performance aerobatic aircraft and towed banners.

When he turned 19, he had 1500 hours and passed his rotary wing and multi-engine fixed wing ATP written’s and was given a waiver by the FAA to take both checkrides (due to his age) and was only given two “promissory” letters signed by the FAA and DPE that said the letters could be converted to certificates on or after his 23rd birthday and therefore could not exercise the privileges of an ATP until that birthday. His 23rd birthday was on a Saturday so he had to wait until the following Monday to have the letters converted to ATP certificates. By then he was flying for a part 121 airline and made captain the week he received the ATP (the airline was willing to wait for him to have the ATP before scheduling his checkride).

Except for type ratings, since Gordon was 19, he went 34 years without getting an additional certificate until two years ago when he received his part 107 commercial drone license. He is also planning on getting his dirigible commercial when the opportunity arises.

Gordon flew as a 121 jet airline captain and IOE line check airman for 23 years until, at 45 years of age, he took an early opportunity full retirement in 2012. During his entire airline career he continued to fly GA fixed wing and rotor on the side.

Once you get it in your blood, you never want to stop flying. Three months after retiring from the airline, he started flying Helicopter Air Ambulance in the Midwest near his home. In 2018 he started working for his current employer, Air Methods Corp (which has over 400 bases) at the Bakersfield base, and in 2020 opened and transferred to the Paso Robles base to be the base lead pilot. He currently flies single pilot IFR in the Airbus EC135 and EC145 twin engine helicopters for Air Methods Mercy Air program and travels the country to help fill shifts on his days off. They do both interfacility hospital transfers and scene flights (land on highways, beaches, fields etc) using night vision goggles for off-airport operations.

After 34,000 accident/incident free hours his job is also his hobby and flies whenever he has an opportunity and can’t imagine doing anything else.

Restoration Crew

Burma Jeep Bomb Carrier undergoing restoration at Estrella Warbirds Museum
Burma Jeep Bomb Carrier undergoing restoration at Estrella Warbirds Museum
Burma Jeep Bomb Carrier undergoing restoration at Estrella Warbirds Museum
M151A1 Tactical Vehicle undergoing restoration at Estrella Warbirds Museum
M151A1 Tactical Vehicle undergoing restoration at Estrella Warbirds Museum
M151A1 Tactical Vehicle undergoing restoration at Estrella Warbirds Museum
M151A1 Tactical Vehicle undergoing restoration at Estrella Warbirds Museum
M151A1 Tactical Vehicle undergoing restoration at Estrella Warbirds Museum
M151A1 Tactical Vehicle undergoing restoration at Estrella Warbirds Museum

The all volunteer restoration crew has been hard at it all spring and summer thus far and showing some incredible results. The Burma Jeep Bomb Carrier has been undergoing a frame up restoration. When you take a deeper look, they started from scratch with the crane/hoist beam which had to be bent and molded into form. Although the M151-A1 body had been completed, it was now back in the shop to mount necessary 'inert' armament.

New From Woodland Auto Display

Aren't you happy you were not born in the early years of the last century?

No time to worry about the energy crisis! While we have had vehicles with “horsepower”, and “gravity” power, this unique vehicle is strictly human power. Yes, it's peddle-powered, complete with lights and horn along with operable windows to help keep you cool on those hot days!

Your new delivery vehicle has arrived. I just wouldn't recommended it for days when you have a 30 mph side wind, but, windy or not, you can see it today at the Woodland Auto Display.

What energy shortage? We have peddle power!
What energy shortage? We have peddle power!
What energy shortage? We have peddle power!