Director of Operations
Franz began his career with Hillsboro Aviation over 20 years ago as a flight instructor, first serving as chief flight instructor and then as director of operations. He has a degree in business and sport administration from the University of Bayreuth in Germany. Trained as a CFII, Franz has certifications as a Part 135 Instructor for the B206, B407, B205, and as a Part 135 Check Airman for the B206, B407, and B205. He has extensive experience with aerial firefighting, precision longline, human external cargo, search and rescue (SAR), deep snow landing, construction, and wildlife survey.
With a childhood fascination for birds and planes, aviation has always been a dream for Franz. In his free time, he loves travel, culture, mountains, and skiing.