Sean Rickards is a professional pilot with over 30 years of experience in the helicopter industry. He embarked on his career in the NWT and Western Canada, gaining invaluable experience in various regions and industries. In 2001, he joined Yellowhead Helicopters as the Vanderhoof Base Manager and, within a few years, earned the position of Regional Manager for Yellowhead Helicopters’ northern operations. In his role, he oversaw and managed the company’s helicopter services in the region, ensuring safe and efficient operations.
In 2014, Sean was appointed Director of Operations for Yellowhead Helicopters. While in this position, he played a pivotal role in guiding the company through a significant period of growth as the company expanded to over 40 aircraft. Having accumulated more than 10,000 flight hours, a significant portion of which was devoted to aerial firefighting, Sean has supported countless communities, industries, and projects across Western Canada. His extensive experience affords him a unique aerial perspective that enables him to comprehend the intricate dynamics of firefighting operations.