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PJTF Foundation Voted Non-Profit of the Year

The Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce honored the Patriots Jet Team Foundation as its 2018 Non-Profit of the Year – selected by public vote among five nominees – and recognized by the U.S. Congress, California Senate & Assembly, and Contra Costa District 3.

This award is such an honor and truly a reflection of the unwavering commitment of our volunteers, educators, and donors to make a difference for the youth in our community – getting them excited about aviation, space, and STEM while instilling the importance of leadership, team work and commitment of purpose.

Kids enjoying our virtual simulator at Beale Air Force Base Air Show


Patriots and Helinet Debut Groundbreaking Cinejet™

Patriots Jet Team and Helinet Aviation Debut at NBAA the Groundbreaking Cinejet™, High Speed L-39 &  SHOTOVER F1 UHD Platform for Motion Picture, Television, and OEM Aircraft Promotion


Cinejet with F1 Shotover F1 Camera

Las Vegas (October 10,2017)– Helinet Aviation, a full-service provider of aerial production services to the motion picture and advertising industries, announced today the debut of CineJet™, the industry’s first, Aero L-39 Albatros jet featuring a customized gyro-stabilized SHOTOVER F1 camera system designed for high-speed aerial cinematography. Developed in partnership with Patriots Jet Team, CineJet™ provides optimal jet aircraft performance, excellent maneuverability, and unprecedented camera angle options due to the sleek profile of the aircraft and the innovative mounting of the F1 camera platform.

CineJet™ was developed to address the growing demand to shoot high-speed objects for television, feature films, high-performance photography, scientific research, and commercial OEM aircraft marketing. The SHOTOVER F1 used by Helinet on CineJet™ is specifically tailored for the unique capabilities of the jet platform, providing incredible dynamic range and unsurpassed 8K image quality at elevated speeds exceeding 350 knots and during maneuvers approaching 3G’s. The open platform design of the F1 system allows for future resolution growth and a comprehensive range of professional camera and lens combinations depending on the needs of each client, and as new technology comes to market.  Further increasing the functionality and capabilities of CineJet™ is a specially developed multiple antenna array, installed by RF Film Inc., to deliver high definition video, GPS data, and ground-to-air audio communication.

“We’re raising the bar in terms of what productions can capture from aerial cinematography,” said Helinet CEO Kathryn Purwin. “No existing aerial platform offers the same level of performance, flexibility, and unique image gathering capabilities.”

“Patriots Jet Team is extremely proud to launch the new CineJet™ high-speed cinematography platform with Helinet, and we look forward to providing productions with a turnkey solution for high-velocity camerawork,” said Patriots Jet Team Founder and Owner Randy Howell.

SHOTOVER CEO Brad Hurndell added, “We are thrilled to support Helinet and Patriots Jet Team with a customized 6-axis gyro stabilized SHOTOVER F1 camera platform for cutting-edge aerial cinematography.”

The aircraft will be flown by Helinet’s VP of Aerial Film Production, Kevin LaRosa II and Patriots Jet Team Founder, Randy Howell. For over 16 years Kevin has served the film industry’s top productions as a stunt pilot and aerial coordinator, and is a member of SAG and the Motion Picture Pilots Association. Randy has accumulated more than 23,000 hours of flight time and has over 30 years of flying experience with United Airlines. He has been an advanced instructor in aerobatics, formation, UPRT as well as a Check Airman and Simulator Instructor in a multitude of aircraft. 

At its NBAA launch, Helinet will feature some of the remarkable imagery made accessible by the high-speed CineJet™ platform. The video, edited and produced by industry partner 3DF, showcases the exciting and unmatched capabilities of CineJet™. The video will also be available for view on the Helinet Vimeo channel at:

 About Helinet Aviation

Helinet Aviation Services is a diversified helicopter transportation provider located in Van Nuys, California. With over 30 years in business, the company has earned a highly trusted and widely respected reputation for its exceptional pilots, unparalleled service, and an outstanding safety record. Helinet serves the following markets: VIP charter, emergency medical services including patient and organ transport, electronic news gathering, motion picture, television and commercial production, and airborne law enforcement. Its mission is, and has always been, to be Southern California’s preferred carrier for safe, responsive and reliable rotor wing services.


SHOTOVER is a developer of high-performance camera systems and UAVs for the motion picture and broadcast industries. The company’s line of gyro-stabilized camera platforms offers aerial cinematographers an unprecedented level of stability, control and versatility in a compact package easily configured for 2D, 3D and Ultra HD shooting with the world’s most advanced cameras and lenses. Developed in partnership with the motion picture industry’s top aerial cinematographers, SHOTOVER systems are fully user upgradeable, allowing operators to utilize new professional cameras, lenses, and accessories as they come to market.

Patriots Jet Team Foundation 5th Annual Benefit Gala

Registration is now opened for the Patriots Jet Team Foundation 5th Annual Benefit Gala!  You won’t want to miss this exciting evening with jet fly bys, special guest speaker Rex Pemberton, champagne cocktail hour, dinner, live music and Auctions all to benefit the Foundation. Please view sponsorship opportunities with a variety of entitlements here.

Community Members Honor Service Depts. at Hangar 24 Airfest

Wonderful Public Service Depts of Redlands and    San Bernardino

Once again local community members along with Hangar 24 Brewery support the Patriots Jet Team to bring them to the 2017 Hangar 24 Airfest.   Amazingly with no self recognition these two community members would like to honor the service departments of their local municipalities.  These include the Redlands Police Dept., Redlands Fire Dept., the San Bernardino Police Dept., San Bernardino Sheriff’s Dept., San Bernardino County Fire Dept., San Manuel Fire Dept. and the North Park Elementary School.

Our team is very excited to perform for the community and make a difference for all attendees and honoring all local municipalities is a passion we’e going to share with the entire community. Please come join us on May 20th noon- 10 pm for a fun filled day with a thrilling airshow, live music, great food and beer.

Proceeds from the annual Airfest benefit  Hangar 24 Charities which is committed to providing support to local children’s and national veteran’s organizations that strengthen well being, education and health.


Patriots Jet Team Foundation is a FINALIST!!

Lightspeed Aviation Pilots Choice Award

Each year, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation is proud to recognize a select group of deserving aviation nonprofit organizations nominated by members of the aviation community. The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation selected Patriots Jet Team Foundation as 1 of 12 finalists to compete for awards in the Pilots Choice Awards Grant program.


Innate Passion: John “Bordz” Posson’s Path to Flight

John “Bordz” Posson’s father could be credited with leading him toward a life-long interest in aviation. He was a WWII pilot, after all, and also in the Reserves during the 1950s, but Bordz seemingly sparked his own dreams, instinctively. The dream of being a pilot was constantly on his mind. Read more

Envisioning Flight: the Grit and Genius of the Wright Brothers

111 years ago, human flight became possible. On December 17, 1903*, it was an unfriendly, windswept day in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Chosen for its regular air currents and sandy banks for landing, Orville and Wilbur Wright were determined to make their flying machine a success. Read more

Patriots Jet Team Announces Upcoming Appearance at ICAS Convention in Las Vegas

The Patriots Jet Team, America’s only six-jet privately owned team, will be present again at the 2014 International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read more

The Big Blue Sky of Possibility: Dean “Wilbur” Wright’s Path to Lead Pilot of the Patriots Jet Team

Wilbur was a seven year-old boy when he watched the USAF Thunderbirds perform at an air show in Austin for the first time. Read more

Aviator Aspirations: A Young Man’s Journey from a Paper Route to Owning the Patriots Jet Team

From a very early age, Randy “Howler” Howell knew it was his destiny to fly. Now his own dreams realized help to inspire others. In 1972, a local writer in Florida working for the Palm Beach Post interviewed an 18 year-old who had delivered enough newspapers to start paying for flying lessons. Read more

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