why choose us

A Family Owned Business

Panhandle Helicopter is a family owned business. Panhandle Helicopters became available for sale in the late summer of 2008 and was purchased by the partnership of the Hott family. It is our goal to provide our customers with the best service possible. Our primary focus is the safety and enjoyment of everyone. If you aren't having fun, we aren't doing our job.

jr hott

President/Owner

jr hott

"I have always had a love of flying. I started flying fixed wing back in 1979 but life took me in a different direction. While stationed in Panama City as a diving instructor for the U.S. Navy I decided to take up flying again, this time helicopters. I received my commercial helicopter license in 2006 and as my retirement from the Navy was coming near, this business became available. I can't imagine doing anything else right now. I've got the best job on the beach."

ron hott

CEO/Owner

ron hott

He has over four decades in the world of aviation and a deep-seated passion for flight that continues to this day. . His journey began in 1980 on the maintenance side of the industry. Eventually, he pursued certifications in both fixed-wing and rotary wing aircraft. While retired in the hills of West Virginia, his love for the skies remains. Today, you can find him flying his personal Rans S-7S airplane at his local airport, a testament to a lifelong commitment to the art and joy of flying.