Bill Swartz has been flying since 1968 and has been instructing since 1974. He has flown all over the world in airplanes and helicopters, in all kinds of weather. 

He spent 4 years in the Air Force as a helicopter mechanic and 17 years in the Army as a UH-1, CH-47 helicopter pilot and a C-12 and U-21 (King Air) Standardization Instructor pilot. 

While stationed in Europe, Bill was an FAA Pilot Examiner for Private, Commerical and Instrument ratings, issuing more than 90 certificates. 

He has been Chief Flight Instructor at numerous flight schools, responsible for evaluating other instructors and has taught the mountain course in King Airs.

Bill worked for Continental Express and Continental Airlines as a simulator and airplane instructor.  He served as Line Check Airman for both Captains and First Officers and was also a Check Airman for All Checks.  After retiring from Continental, worked for Heli-Qwest in Montrose as a contract pilot flying Bell 205s and Eurocopter B-3s.  He even flew for Tristate Careflight at the Montrose Hospital.

Bill was instrumental in establishing Mountain Blade Runner Helicopters. As the company's Chief Pilot and Director of Operations Bill operated Engstrom 480B, Eurocopter AS350-B3E and Airbus helicopters.  


Bill was the Chief pilot for Greenwood Express, flying single pilot ops in a super king air 350i and was Captain on a Falcon 900 flying domestically across the US and internationally to Europe.

Total Hrs. 25,380
Single Engine: 2430
Multi-Engine: 17615
Helicopter: 5125
Instructor: 6860
Pilot in Command 20160


Type Rated in the following airplanes: ATR-42, ATR-72, B-737, BE35, and Citation 500 series.

Type Rated in the following helicopters: BH204 (Huey) BV107 (Sea Knight) BV234 (Chinook).

FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR (GOLD SEAL) Airplane SEL & MEL.  Rotorcraft-Helicopter.  Instrument Airplane and Helicopter


MOUNTAIN FLYING: Airplanes and helicopters 


GROUND INSTRUCTOR: Instrument and Advanced

MECHANIC: Airframe & Powerplant