Western Sky Helicopters is a family-owned and operated business. When it comes to choosing a helicopter provider, experience counts! With their 60+ years of combined flying experience, our pilots have your safety in mind.

Western Sky Helicopters boasts a FAA 135 certificate(opens in a new tab) as well as an FAR 91.147 Letter of Authorization. These regulations mandate that our aircraft is maintained to the highest standards and our pilots are trained to the highest levels. You can rest assured that you are in the safest hands in the business!

Meet the Team!

Scott Clifton, Pilot

Growing up in an aviation family, Scott has been around airplanes and helicopters since he was a child. He boasts over 23 years of experience flying helicopters. With certifications in helicopters, airplanes, gliders, and hot air balloons, he can fly just about anything! He spent much of his career flying for local news stations in the valley, giving him an unsurpassed knowledge of the state and its beautiful landmarks. For the past 6 years he has served as a search-and-rescue pilot for the State of Arizona.

Don Hooper, Pilot

In Don’s 28-year career, he’s pretty much flown it all. Don is a certified flight instructor and has trained hundreds of pilots. He spent time flying tours in Hawaii on the island of Maui, the Big Island, and Molokai. Don also spent many years flying for the local news stations, giving him an extensive knowledge of the state. He has spent a large part of his career in service to others as an emergency medical services pilot and serving as the base supervisor. He currently is on contract flying for local law enforcement.

Ryan Shugrue, Pilot

In Ryan’s 10-year career, he has flown tours all over the state of Arizona and Alaska. He has extensive experience flying tours right out of Scottsdale and has recently flown tours in the Grand Canyon. Ryan is currently flying for local emergency medical services.

Vanessa Clifton, Owner

Vanessa’s passion for aviation started with her first helicopter flight at age 15. She began working as a shipping and receiving clerk for a Scottsdale based helicopter flight operation in 1999, working her way into international parts sales within 3 short years. She moved on to a fixed wing operation as a maintenance administrator to expand her aviation knowledge. She has been an aviation entrepreneur for the last 10 years, owning and operating the family’s multiple aviation-related business. She brings quality business management and a passion for aviation to each guest who flies with Western Sky.