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Northern Shield Helicopters has been providing helicopter services to Saskatchewan for over 50 years.

Northern Shield Helicopters operates a robust fleet of light and medium rotary wing aircraft, with proven expertise within a spectrum of operations that includes: personnel transport, general and precision long-lining, fire suppression, environmental research, surveillance and MEDEVAC.

We started with a Bell 47G, and have maintained a Bell fleet ever since. We currently operate two Bell 206 JetRangers, one Bell 206LIV Long Ranger, two Bell 205 A1+’s and three Bell 407’s. We pride ourselves on offering the best flight crews and engineers who can meet your needs safely, efficiently, and with an emphasis on impeccable customer service. Our 24 hour Dispatch team will work directly with our pilots to ensure that your satisfaction is met on every trip.

Adam Kaine

Chief Rotary Pilot

Coming to Transwest air from an International Off-shore company, Adam is a 25-year veteran with the Royal Canadian Air Force, a professional pilot and experienced manager with over 3200 hours of accident and incident free flying. Adam holds an ATPL (H) and Gp 4 Instrument rating with endorsements on the B206, B407, B204/205, B412 and SK76 (A+/C+/C++). Having spent most of his military and subsequent international offshore flying career in multi-engine, multi-crew operations, he brings extensive IFR and night flying experience, including almost 300 hours Night Vision Goggle (NVG) time. Having filled numerous flight supervisor roles within the Military, including a time as the Chief Helicopter Instructor (CHI) at an operational training squadron, Adam is a highly efficient manager and instructor bringing to the table years of experience as a military flight instructor and military maintenance test pilot. Aside from his thorough knowledge of airworthiness issues and maintenance best practices, Adam is also a trained Flight Safety Officer whose focus on problem solving and customer service makes our Rotary Division a leader within the industry.

Debbie Wrightson

Projects Manager/ Business Development

Deb is celebrating her 25th year in aviation this year. Her career began with the former company Air Sask Aviation the airline that was part of the ancestry of Transwest Air. Over the years, she has held the positions of Reservations Manager, Station Manager, Base Manager, Marketing Manager and now Projects Manager and Business Development for the rotary division.

Deb’s experience with mining companies, exploration companies, fire suppression teams in all provinces, residents of the north and her overall knowledge of the north is a valuable contribution to the rotary team.

In most cases Deb will be the first point of contact for the initial call for a job and will remain with the project to its entirety.

Heather McGonigal

Director of Flight Operations: Transwest Air

Heather McGonigal has been the Fixed-Wing Director of Flight Operations (DFO) at Transwest Air since December 2006 and the Rotary Director of Flight Operations for Northern Shield Helicopters since December 2013.  In these positions, she is responsible for overall safety, for maintaining control of operations, and for setting and maintaining operational standards for flight crews and all aircraft operated.


In addition to her DFO role, Heather implemented the company’s Safety Management System (SMS) and currently assists in its oversight.  As a third generation professional pilot, Heather is currently a Saab 340 Captain and one of Transwest Air’s training captains.  She comes from a flight instruction background and has a passion for teaching and team-building.   Heather instructs the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) class at Saskatchewan Polytechnic for the Commercial Pilot Program.

Chad Bergman

Director of Maintenance

Chad started his career with Transwest Air in June of 2007 in the Quality Assurance department. In 2013 he was promoted as the Quality Assurance Manager. With Chad’s proven expertise and experience he accepted the position as the Director of Maintenance for Transwest Air and Northern Shield Helicopters in April of 2016.

Kevin Walsh

Rotary Production Manager

Kevin started his aviation career in the Northwest Territories. After several years in NWT, an opportunity in Saskatchewan called him back home as a freshly licensed AME in October 2000. When Kevin first started with Transwest Air there were only 3 Jet Rangers. Over the years the fleet has grown and with the addition of the L4, 205, and 407, Kevin has been sent for training and endorsement for the whole fleet. It is with Kevin’s proven experience while working with Transwest Air, that he accepted the position with Northern Shield Helicopters as the Rotary Production Manager.