First Officer / Assistant Chief Pilot
Henry Hotaling is one of Global Air Charters‘ First Officers / Assistant Chief Pilots. Henry enjoys golfing, visiting Monaco and spending time with family. Read on to learn more about Henry Hotaling.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in San Marino, California, about 45 minutes northeast of LAX, depending on traffic.
What education and certifications do you hold?
I graduated from Auburn University in 2019 (war eagle!) with a Bachelor of Science in aviation management and a minor in business. I currently hold an Airline Transport Pilot Multi-Engine Land, with type ratings on the G-IV and BE-40. Additionally, I am a Certified Flight Instructor (Instrument and Multi-Engine).
What makes GAC stand apart from other private charters?
GAC can get things done when other charter companies say that the mission is impossible. We are a unique group of professionals who strive to be the safest and most reliable pilots we can be. When GAC says they can do something, they commit to it and follow through.
What is your favorite thing about working for GAC?
Hands down, it’s the people that we interact with daily, passengers and crew. Someone told me recently that you do not have co-workers at a Part 135 charter company; you have friends. I would go a step further to say I have an extended family with GAC. Everyone always has your back, no matter what you need.
What do you enjoy most about your position?
At first, I want to say the places we go, but on second thought, it’s the people we meet. I try to get to know our clients on a personal level; ask them where they are from and why they’re traveling. It’s always fun to see clients again and catch up, see how they are doing and if there is anything we can do to make their journey more comfortable.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a pilot?
I can’t pinpoint an exact moment, but it was when I was a child. My dad and I used to go down to the In-N-Out Burger by 24R at LAX and watch the planes land. It amazed me (it still does) that an airplane weighing up to a million pounds was able to take off, fly more than halfway across the world, land and spend a minimal amount of time on the ground and then return to its origin.
What is your favorite occasion to celebrate while flying?
There is no one specific occasion. Anytime I can fly, I’m a happy camper.
What motivates you to do the best on the job?
The people I fly with and fly for. GAC has some of the best pilots in the world, and I am incredibly grateful to be able to fly with them. Their accomplishments keep me striving to be the best pilot I can be. One day I hope to be able to sit in the left seat of a Gulfstream and pass on knowledge to a future generation of pilots.
In your opinion, what makes a good pilot?
Safety always needs to come first. There have been too many accidents where safety was not the top priority, and the pilots paid the price for that, some with their lives.
Next would be the ability to adapt to changing conditions. There is no such thing as a typical day in aviation—pilots who know their stuff and can adapt to the situation set themselves apart from others.
Finally, someone whom you can talk to and will validate your thoughts. At GAC, we spend up to three weeks on the road with each other so being able to work with people is crucial.
What was your most memorable moment with Global Air Charters?
Having been an aviation nerd my entire life, I have seen hundreds of pictures of planes landing over Maho Beach. Being able to land a Gulfstream there in St. Martin tops the list. I even got a local photographer to capture the landing.
What do you like to do when you aren’t flying?
I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I try and get out on the golf course whenever I can and up to the lake during the summer.
What is your favorite travel destination? Why?
Anything involving water or a boat is always a favorite for me. Monaco and Venice are two of my favorite cities, but I would love to make it to the Maldives or Fiji someday.
What was the most fun you’ve had on the job?
A recent layover we had in Rotterdam. Since the flight was so long, we had two first officers. We had two days there, so we could explore Rotterdam and took the train to Amsterdam for the day. I had so much fun walking around Amsterdam with the crew, learning more about them and their families. I even learned how to pour the perfect Heineken.
What is your favorite plane to fly?
The G-IV. It really is a pilot’s plane. I also like to call it “the keys to the world.” There is nowhere on the planet that it can’t take you.
We’re glad to have you on the team, Henry Hotaling!