Bill Hopper

Aircraft Maintenance Instructor, Air Evac Lifeteam

Bill Hopper has been actively involved in aviation since 1978 and served in many different capacities throughout his aviation career. He served on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1974 through 1982 and Air Force Reserve from 1982 through 1985. Upon separation from active duty, Hopper attended Parks College where he earned his A&P Certificate and B.S. Degree in Aircraft Maintenance Management. Upon graduation, Hopper went to work in the helicopter industry as an A&P/IA mechanic, Maintenance Supervisor, Chief Inspector, Quality Assurance Manager and Director of Maintenance. He also worked as a Commercial helicopter pilot performing duties as a Part 135 charter pilot, utility patrol/traffic pilot and flight instructor for 35 years. He holds pilot ratings in both helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. Hopper returned to Parks College as an A&P Instructor in the Department of Aerospace Technology where he attained the position of Associate Professor. He also earned an M.S. Degree in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri. Hopper conducts numerous training programs for aviation companies in the St. Louis area since 2008 and presented at Inspection Authorization Renewal and Helicopter Safety Seminars around the country since 1995. Hopper is employed by Air Evac Lifeteam as an aircraft maintenance instructor and has no plans of retiring.