Appointed as Director of Utility in 2022, Van Bogardus brings over 30 years of leadership experience to Helinet, having worked in various segments of law enforcement including air support, patrol, search and rescue, safety, and training. A former U.S. Forest carded pilot, Van oversees all aspects of the company's 133 Utility Division, including flight operations, FAA Part 133 training, and scheduling, in addition to fostering new growth opportunities for the division. Bogardus has received numerous awards over his career including Silver and Bronze Star Medals of Valor, a Combat Action Cross, several Letters of Commendation, and 3 California State Senate Life Saving Awards. He is also one of only three civilians to go through the Army's H.A.A.T.S. (High Altitude Aviation Training Site) School and is a Certified Flight and NVG Instructor with over 7700 flight hours.