Please meet our Butterfly team which came together with years of flight experience:
Dan is the director of The Squadron, Inc. where he conducts project management, teaches applied safety management system principals, and instructs super-yacht crews/pilots in support of shipboard helicopter operations. Dan also serves as an inspector of helicopter landing areas aboard super-yachts for the international shipping registry Republic of Marshall Islands.
Dan has served 20 years as a helicopter pilot both for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, retiring from the military in 2011. During that career he has conducted a variety of rotary wing missions worldwide and served as a helicopter flight instructor for the U.S. Navy’s Flight School. He holds a Masters Degree in Aviation Management and is a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Aviation Safety Officer Program. He currently flies a Bell 429 in support of VIP transport in the Washington D.C. and New York Metropolitan airspaces.
Dan holds an FAA Commercial-Fixed/ Rotary (CFII) & FAA Class 2 Medical. He has flown a total of 5,800 hours.
Originally trained in the US Army, Paul served for 24 years as an EMS, rescue and law enforcement helicopter pilot, safety officer and Chief Pilot for the Fairfax County Police Department. From 2013 to 2015, Paul held the position of Vice President of Operations for the Helicopter Association International.
Paul currently serves as a pilot for Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and manages a fleet of three helicopters and three fixed wing aircraft. He also serves as a technical advisor to the American Helicopter Society where he is actively involved in the single engine IFR helicopter certification initiative and the development and introduction of new helicopter safety equipment.
Paul has over 10,000 flight hours in a variety of aircraft, with instructor-level expertise in the Bell models 429, 407, 206, 205, Airbus EC145/H145, H130, Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Columbia 400 aircraft. Paul’s professional emphasis is the development of tailored operational procedures, focused crew training and flight operations quality assurance programs aimed to contain the most significant helicopter risk factors and eliminate accidents. He is active in heliport design, construction and helicopter-specific IFR infrastructure development.
Dr. Steven Ungerleider has been in the sport psych/medicine field for nearly 4 decades. He continues to serve with the United States Olympic Committee, the IOC, and the International Paralympic Committee. His six books and two films have earned him Oscar and Emmy Award nominations. He started Butterfly Aviation LLC in 2015; with a model for outreach and service to the Northern California support network. His model is a non-profit service organization, donating proceeds to several agencies that are in need.
Airline Transport Pilot FAA Certificate
CFII & AGI teaching certificates
Sean is the 135 Director of Operations and has operational control for all passenger carrying flights conducted by Butterfly Aviation.
Prior to joining the Butterfly team, Sean was the Director of Training for Heli Malongo, a gas and oil company based in west Africa. Upon returning to the U.S., he began flying corporate VIP helicopters in the north east region.
Sean began his flight career in Oregon where he received an aviation degree in flight technology. He then moved on to flight instruction, Grand Canyon tours, EMS, Utility and Offshore flying, holding the titles of Chief Flight Instructor, Chief Pilot, Check Airman, Director of Operations and Vice President of Commercial Operations along the way.
Sean has over 20 years of aviation experience and is an FAA designated pilot examiner for all levels of FAA pilot certificates. He is qualified for testing in the RobinsonR-22/R-44, Cabri G2, MD 500, Bell 505 & H-130.