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

Mike Gough
President

Mike started his career in corporate sales until he joined the Marine Corps as an Officer and a pilot.  He had an extensive and successful career with the Marines, distinguishing himself at all levels within the organization. He has a diverse leadership, technical, and program management background that makes him an exceptional fit for Winco. Mike is an aviation expert with 20+ years of practical experience to include operations, training, safety, maintenance, and supply chain management. As President, Mike leads the Winco team as an innovative strategic planner and helps us analyze complex challenges, determine risk, and design executable solutions within resource constraints. Mike spends his free time flying airplanes, volunteering in the local community, and obsessing over how to best harness new technologies.

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.

Dan Wyatt
Director of Safety and Training

Dan started his Aviation career in the U.S. Army as a helicopter crew chief on the Bell UH-1H (Huey). He received his Airframe and Powerplant License immediately upon leaving the Army and continued his helicopter career path in the commercial aviation world. Progressing in this industry, Dan has held the titles of a lead technician and director of maintenance, eventually making the transition into the commercial pilot roll accumulating over 2000hrs of flight time. With this level of diversity and experience, he took a position as a Rolls-Royce M250 technical representative where he was considered one of the best in the world. As Director of Safety & Training for Winco, Dan brings 45 years of aviation experience to the team. Dan enjoys riding his 2000 Road King in his off time.

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 four MD500’s to the Winco lineup as well as the complete overhaul two MD500D’s.

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.