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Geoffrey Weate

Gold Star Certified Flight Instructor

Geoff is both a Certified Flight Instructor with Instrument instruction capabilities as well as an A&P aircraft mechanic. He currently flies our tours, training, aerial photography and charter flights. Geoff also teaches in the part 141 ground school program we have available to our beginning private pilot students.

Before joining MaxFlight in 2018, Geoff had an 18 year career with the airlines as both an aircraft mechanic and airline pilot. His dream all along, however, was to fly helicopters and Maxflight was happy to have him join our ranks after he trained with us for his CFII helicopter rating. Geoff’s formal education consists of B.S. with a concentration in Aviation Science.

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Tim Oberfeld

Certified Flight Instructor

Tim is the latest addition to the MaxFlight crew, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the skies. His journey began at the age of 14, honing his skills in gliders before transitioning to powered flight. Originally from Germany, Tim made the move to Portland, OR to pursue his passion further. There, he obtained his FAA Commercial Pilot License (CPL), Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) licenses. Remarkably, during his FAA flight training, Tim also managed to complete his EASA Commercial Pilot License (CPL-H) with a Frozen Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL-H). At MaxFlight, Tim will work as a pilot for tours, instruction, and special events, but he’ll also be involved on the ground as a loader and in ground operations, showcasing his versatility and dedication to all aspects of aviation.

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Christian Weikard

Certified Flight Instructor

Meet Christian Weikard, your trusted pilot at MaxFlight Helicopters. With FAA CFI, CFII, and EASA commercial pilot certifications, he brings a wealth of experience to every flight. Combining his background in automation technology from a leading German automotive company, he ensures precision and efficiency in every aspect of our operations. From flight training to commercial ventures and unforgettable tours, he is dedicated to delivering excellence at every altitude.

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Shane Martin

Certified Flight Instructor

HAIL!…ing from Michigan, Shane started his interest of aviation at a young age because of his grandfather who was a mechanic in the Air Force. Right out of high school Shane joined the Marine Corps and after 5 years left as a sergeant. He then began his aviation career by attending Southern Utah Universities’ rotorcraft program where he obtained his Commercial license and CFI add on. His first job was at Maxflight in Michigan doing tours of Detroit, then decided to make the big move to Maxflight Florida.

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Hendrik Schmidt

Certified Flight Instructor

Hendrik originates from Germany, where he embarked on his journey in the aviation industry. Eventually, he made the decision to relocate to America and apply his flying expertise in the states. Possessing both his FAA & EASA Commercial Pilot licenses, as well as FAA CFI/CFII, Hendrik has gained extensive experience flying in both the USA and Europe. At Maxflight, he not only conducts training sessions, tours and captures breathtaking aerial photographs, but he also explores various other services offered by the company. His journey commenced as a mechanical engineer, specializing in the realm of automotive engineering. This career path ultimately paved the way for him to pursue his lifelong dream of establishing a successful aviation career.

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Austi Tarter-Leclercq


Small business owner, Marine veteran, mother of three & pilot. Raised in Atlanta, Georgia with her mother since she was 5 years old, Austi joined the Marine Corps at 18 years old in hopes of a new opportunity. Having completed her Masters degree with the help of the military she decided to try out her newly acquired business skills in the corporate world. However, after many years of trying to find her place she discovered that working for someone else’s passion is a lot harder than it looks!

Austi then decided to go into business for herself and leave the cubicle job for good! With a small introduction of 5 years to aviation in the military, she had been looking for ways to get that same joy and be able to support her family. Austi soon discovered a passion for flying helicopters and that mixed with her pursuit of business was exactly what she had been looking for! With her father being a helicopter pilot and a successful business owner, it was a no-brainer that she could have the best mentor for her new adventure! MaxFlight helicopter Services opened June of 2013 with one R-22 and continues to grow steady with multiple helicopters and various flight services.


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