Medical Helicopter Pilots

Ryan Cartmill – Helicopter Pilot
Joined the Team: 2013
Raised in Portland, Ryan followed his roots by moving to Bend in 1997, transferring to COCC and chasing his passion for snowboarding. The following year a knee injury on Mt. Bachelor helped to jumpstart his ambition to fly helicopters. Seeking a four year degree and a career in aviation, Ryan moved to North Dakota in 1999 and graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor's degree in Social Science and Aviation. Since then, he has acquired more than 4,500 hours flying a variety of helicopters throughout the United States while working in a variety of fields, including power line maintenance and firefighting. Ryan feels privileged to have been introduced to HEMS through a quality program such as AirLink and thoroughly enjoys working alongside the caliber of talent. When Ryan isn't working, he can be found spending time with his wife and three kids, on the river or in the mountains.

 

Optimized-ScottLincolnScott Lincoln – Helicopter Pilot
Joined the Team: 2012
Born and raised near the Hillsboro, OR, airport, Scott’s had a fascination with helicopters as long as he can remember. After graduating from Oregon State University in 1992, he and his wife moved to Bend until 2002. They then returned to Hillsboro so Scott could undergo flight training. In 2005, Scott accepted a job in Houston, supporting the offshore oil/natural gas industry. He eventually moved to Louisiana and began his air medical career but, after a few more moves, he and his wife fulfilled their dream of returning to Bend. Scott feels fortunate to be part of the AirLink legacy and loves working in medical transport. When he’s not flying, Scott’s involved in home remodeling and various outdoor activities.

 

Optimized-John ReiterJohn Reiter – Helicopter Pilot
Joined the Team: 2006
Born and raised in Astoria, John graduated from the University of Oregon with dual bachelor’s degrees in finance and economics. He spent 20 years as a Navy pilot and has logged approximately 4,000 helicopter hours and 1,000 fixed-wing hours. John has lived in Bend since 2004 and simply loves flying. He has tremendous admiration for AirLink’s medical crews, believing they’re the ones doing all the hard work. When he’s not flying, John takes advantage of all of Central Oregon’s outdoor activities—whatever’s in season.

 

Optimized-Bill ConklinBill Conklin – Lead Helicopter Pilot
Joined the Team: 2000
Bill earned his wings in 1976 and flew for the Marines until 1980. After some civilian jobs, he began EMS flying for Air Methods in 1988 and joined the Bend team in 2000. While he jokes that he’s “just the driver,” Bill takes a lot of pride in his teammates who excel at their professions and bring that enthusiasm to work every day. He’s also appreciative of the energetic leadership of both Metro Aviation and Med-Trans Corporation. His current family of five lives in Bend (two older sons are married and out of the area), and he loves anything outdoorsy and family-focused. He and his wife, a nurse, also volunteer in various community settings and political campaigns.

AirLink CCT is a “DBA” for Med-Trans Corporation. All AirLink CCT aircraft and flights are conducted by, and operational control is exercised solely by Metro Aviation, Inc. Metro Aviation, Inc is a FAA Part 135 certificate holder and operator.