Claude Leruitte operated a ground tour company and wanted to expand to air tours. He purchased a de Havilland Heron DH-114 (16 seat). The previous owner was having difficulty obtaining a Part 135 certification. The FAA directed Claude to me for assistance. I was able to secure the Part 135 certification in a manner of weeks. The FAA granted a waiver to allow me to hold the position of Director of Maintenance for both Seagull Air Hawaii as well as Rainbow Islands Cargo.
Seagull Air Hawaii provided great tours of Hawaii and within a few months looked to increase the fleet by adding an additional Heron. I researched availability and went to the mainland to secure another aircraft. Shortly after the arrival of the second Heron I moved on to South Pacific Island Airways.