Smoketown Airport (S37) 311 Airport Drive, Smoketown, PA

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We're committed to aviation and to serving our customers with quality and value. Whether you are looking to be a career pilot or fly for fun, we've got the plan for you!

Garrett Snyder

Garrett Snyder - Owner

Garrett was born and raised in the local area of Lancaster, PA. Garrett's passion for aviation started at a young age when on a family vacation, his parents paid for him to take a helicopter ride over Mount Rushmore. As a child he spent his time building and flying R/C airplanes with his father, but later moved onto R/C helicopters when he felt ready for more of a challenge. After graduating from Lampeter - Strasburg high school, Garrett joined the United States Air Force, enlisting as a Jet Engine Troop. In 2011, Garrett completed his active duty enlistment to continue into the United States Air Force Reserves. He began flight training in 2011 with the dream of one day owning his own flight school in PA. At completion of his training, Garrett was offered the opportunity to be hired as a Certified Flight Instructor. Through hard work and determination, he opened his own flight school and tour business in 2014. Garrett's extensive knowledge and experience will allow for Smoketown Helicopters to continue to grow as a quality flight business. His mission is to share his love and knowledge of aviation with others.

Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder - Manager

Jennifer grew up in beautiful Naples, FL and joined the United States Air Force in 2008. She was stationed in California where she met her future husband, Garrett. Her Uncle and Grandfather were both pilots, introducing Jennifer to aviation at a young age. She graduated from American Military University with a Bachelor in Business Administration and now continues to expand her knowledge within aviation. Director of Operations here at Smoketown Helicopters, Jennifer still serves in the United States Air Force Reserves. When not at the airport, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Garrett, and their sons, Landon and Dustin.

Dave O'Shell

Dave O'Shell - CFI Helicopters & Tour Pilot

Dave joined the military at a young age with hopes of one day becoming a helicopter pilot. A few years into his career he was granted the opportunity to go to flight school for the Army. After retiring from flying Apaches he wanted to continue to fly and joined Smoketown Helicopters flying tours. In his free time he enjoys helping out on his friend’s farm, reading, and spending time with his sidekick stinky.

Garrett Snyder

Brad Bowser – Airplane Certified Flight Instructor

Brad was born in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Lancaster County in 1980. He graduated with a dual undergraduate degree from Albright College in Reading, PA and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Brad has spent over 25 years in executive leadership in both the private and government sectors of business. His love of aviation started at a young age and he began to pursue his passion in 2011, eventually becoming a fixed wing Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). When not working, Brad enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys. The Bowser family currently hangars a plane at Lancaster Airport and frequently flies as a family. Annual flights include visiting relatives in Michigan, attending Pittsburgh Steelers games (Go Black and Gold) and attending Oshkosh AirVenture in Wisconsin. Brad considers himself a very outgoing person and loves life. He looks forward to meeting new students and helping them enjoy the learning process to becoming a safe pilot and achieve their specific goals.

Cameron

Chris Sauder - CFII airplane

Chris was born and grew up in Lancaster county. He worked in the family business for a number of years before starting flight lessons in 2006. In 2011he started working full time as a flight instructor and in 2014 added his CFII. He enjoys flying in the clouds just by the instruments, and especially introducing flight in the clouds to instrument students for the first time. He has been happily married for 11 years and has 4 children. When he's not at work, he enjoys spending time at home with his family.

Cameron

Tim Kauffman - CFI airplane

He Started his flight training here at Smoketown a many yrs ago. Also has background in Mission aviation, Central America. When not flying he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.

Chris Jensen

Chris Jensen - Helicopter CFII & Tour Pilot

I grew up in Akron, Ohio. My grandfather got me interested in aviation at a very young age, a few years after High School I did my first discovery flight while visiting family in Idaho. 1 year later I moved to Caldwell Idaho to do my flight training and be near family. After earning my Commercial license I began working on a cherry drying contract, tours, and had the chance to do some photo flights for NY Times magazine. I’m very pleased to be given the opportunity to pass on the knowledge and experience I’ve received to the next generation of student pilots. The warm welcome, family atmosphere, level of talent and knowledge at Smoketown Helicopters is incredible. I look forward to helping future pilots make their career dreams a reality.

Spencer Bailey

Spencer Bailey - CFII & Tour Pilot

Spencer was born in Idaho and raised on a ranch in Montana. Spencer graduated from Bismarck State College with a degree in Paramedic Technology. After working various EMS position Spencer followed his passion for aviation that he has had since childhood and began school in Caldwell, ID. Spencer comes to Smoketown Helicopters with a CFII rating and eager to train future pilots. During his free time Spencer enjoys spending the day with his wife, Jandi, and two Golden Retrievers (Kona and Kula) camping, hiking, and exploring the outdoors.

Could not have asked for a better experience! There is no one I would trust more to take my 5 year old son on a helicopter ride. Husband and wife team Jen and Garrett were such a pleasure to work with. Even when it was just my son, Garrett was so attentive, informative, and fun! They understood my concerns for safety, and went above and beyond my expectations. If you're even considering a trip to smoketown helicopters for yourself, friends, or family, don't wait! Highly recommended! -- Melissa DeSalis