About Us

Colorado Highland Helicopters is a family owned and operated business based in Durango, Colorado.

Brandon Laird, Chief Pilot (CFI, CFII, BS) has experience in educating beginning to advanced pilots. He has spent the bulk of his flying career in the mountains of Western Colorado serving as a search and rescue and aeromedical pilot.

Dayle Morningstar Laird, Owner/Operator (NREMT-P,FP-C, MS) has worked across the country as a paramedic before moving to Colorado to work as a flight paramedic.

We are proud to call Durango our home and are dedicated to providing service to the people who live in and travel to the four corners area.

Charlie Vaughan, Lead Instrument Instructor Pilot (CFI, CFII) is an experienced mountain pilot who is native to Durango, CO. His primary focus with CHH is to teach instrument flying in the San Juan Mountains which he calls “his favorite place on earth”.

Mountain flying with Chris Kyle Arctic Frog Jeep