Our History

Winco, Inc. is based just South of Portland, Oregon at the Aurora State Airport. Winco provides specialized helicopter services to the utility industry and its construction and maintenance contractors. Our 28 years of experience supporting industry-leading construction firms and utilities empowers us to deliver superior, innovative solutions to our clients.

Our Vision

We are the 1st choice of any utility company or contractor for aviation support for their priority projects.

Our Mission

To provide our customers with the best aircraft, the best crews, and the best results.

Our Core Values

Safety is at the core of what we do. 

All of our core values support safety as the center of our company’s operating concept. Our values are:

  • Team:     High training standards; practice and work as a team; support each other in the field and at the office.
  • Service:  Serve our customers to the best of our abilities; serve our employees and give them the resources to thrive; serve our communities.
  • Pride:      Go home after each day proud of what we accomplished.
  • Quality:  Safe and efficient production for our customers; on-time and to specification.

Our Team

Patrick Gramuglia

Patrick had a successful career in the Marines as an officer and aviator flying both helicopter and fixed wing aircraft before transitioning from military service as a Colonel. He has accumulated more than 6,500 mishap-free hours to include extensive flight time in combat. Patrick’s non-flying experience includes staff assignments as the subject matter expert for all aviation issues and he was competitively selected to serve as an Executive Research Fellow for RAND Corporation. Most recently, Patrick was a pilot with United Airlines. Patrick brings a background in technical systems, program management and leadership development. As President of Winco, Patrick is an innovative leader, creative thinker, and strategic planner who builds synergistic teams, leverages his analysis experience to examine complex challenges, determines and evaluates risk and provides executable solutions within resource constraints. In his free time, Patrick volunteers, flies recreationally, travels, and enjoys the outdoors.

Mike Patton
Vice President/Chief Operating Officer

Mike started with Winco, Inc. as an A&P mechanic in 1992.  Since then, he has performed many functions for the company which has provided him with a wide range of knowledge necessary for the success of the ongoing operations.  In 1996, Mike was promoted to the position of Director of Maintenance.  His duties included establishing an in-house safety program, and serving as the committee chair.  In February of 2000, he became our General Manager and learned the ins-and-outs of the entire business.  In 2006, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Winco.  Mike’s understanding of all aspects of the company operations and his ability to interact successfully with our customers has been a great benefit to Winco, our team, and our customers.

Dave Feerst
Director of Safety and Training

Beginning December 2020 David resumed his role as Director of Safety and Training at Winco (A role he had previously held from 2010-2018) while maintaining his Quanta Aviation Services role. David Feerst is the Director of Quality and Standardization for Quanta Aviation Services. David is responsible for developing and maintaining the Quanta Aviation Standard. From 2007 to 2010 David served as the General Operations Manager of Utilities/Aviation Specialists Inc. In that role, David established Safety Management Systems, performed audits, performed training, and performed accident investigations. David’s educational background is an Associate in Applied Science in Occupational Health and Safety from Columbia Southern University. David is a Commercial Helicopter pilot, SMS/Safety program manager, risk management instructor, ISBAO aviation safety auditor.

Mike “Maynard” Duren
VP of Construction Operations

With nearly 40 years in transmission, distribution, and substation construction, Mike leads Winco’s powerline construction projects and crews with ease. He joined Winco in 2006 after working with InfraSource Transmission Services for 3 years where he supervised crews on two of the largest 500kV projects in the country.  He has extensive experience in all aspects of the helicopter assisted phases of line construction and has received additional training in many aspects of environmental issues and construction safety.

Chad Hanson
Director of Maintenance

Chad started his aviation career at Portland Community College where he earned a certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technology. After 13 years as a heavy maintenance technician specializing in MD500, Hiller 12E Soloy, Bell 47 Soloy, and Bell 206 helicopters, Chad came to Winco to assist our Director of Maintenance with component overhauls, field maintenance logistics, aircraft vibration analysis, and avionics upgrades. In 2014 Chad took over as Director of Maintenance. We are fortunate to have his experience on the team as he directs the complex efforts to keep our fleet up to our high standards. During his time here, Chad has supervised the addition of multiple MD500s to the Winco lineup as well as the complete overhaul two MD500Ds and will be supervising two F-model conversions as we continue into 2021.

Matt Romena
Chief Pilot

Matt grew up in the construction trade. He ran various types of heavy equipment while learning to fly.  After a few years in the industry he worked his way into the utility side of aviation.  He flew a few seasons doing fire fighting and in early 2009 he joined Winco.  Matt has experience with every aspect of using aviation to support the jobs that we do. He is an expert at the techniques and precision required, and is the perfect fit to be our Chief Pilot.

When he’s not at work out in the field, Matt spends his free time with his family and enjoying everything outdoors.
Trever Walker
Assistant Chief Pilot & Pilot Training Manager

Trever started flying in high school, following in both his Uncle and Grandfather’s footsteps as professional pilots.  He attended Big Bend Aviation and attained his Commercial, Instrument, and Flight Instructor ratings in fixed wing.  After college he attained his commercial rotorcraft with flight instructor ratings.  He has operated in a multitude of sectors to include; animal capture, deep snow survey, USGS volcanic studies, (in and around active volcanoes), aerial firefighting, mountain search and rescue/recovery, aerial spraying, corporate tours/charter (Microsoft), and power line construction to name just a few.  He has accumulated over 10,000 accident free hours in helicopters alone in the last 25 years.  Trever is recognized as an expert in the power line industry and serves as Assistant Chief Pilot and Trainer for Winco, and up until recently also served as Director of Safety.  In his free time Trever enjoys water sports and snow skiing.