Our Pilots

Jason Darr

Jason was born and raised in West Sacramento, CA, and after high school joined the U.S. Army. He spent two years in active duty in the infantry stationed in Germany and then served five years in the reserves in the communications field. Jason began his civilian flight training in Sacramento in 1997, and his first job was as a flight instructor. He then went to fly in Alaska working in the oil industry in Kenai and in tourism in Juneau. He then returned to Sacramento and flew for the news and other commercial activities. In 2005, Jason came to Hawaii to join the Jack Harter Helicopter family. After flying for Jack Harter for 14 years, Jason was promoted to General Manager.

Eli Hobbs

Eli has always had a passion for aviation but it wasn’t until he was working as a Wildland Firefighter that he realized he was destined to fly helicopters. He attended flight school in Idaho and later worked as a flight instructor gaining experience and insight. He was then offered an opportunity to fly tours on Kaua’i and made the move. He later traveled and worked in other parts of Hawaii, to help support his wife in flight school. Eventually, him and his wife, Stephanie, were able to move back to the Garden Island and once again call Kaua’i home. Eli is always looking for the next adventure, whether it is hiking with his dog, horseback riding, or traveling. He is an avid outdoorsman and is proud to share the beauty of his home with others.

Stephanie Hobbs

Stephanie grew up in Palmer, Alaska and has always had a love for aviation and the outdoors. She loved watching the jets and helicopters from the Air Force base practicing maneuvers over her home growing up and knew that she would fly one day. She began working towards the goal of flying  as a lineman, fueling and servicing airplanes. She gained experience working in many aspects of the helicopter industry while she trained to be a pilot on Oahu and the Big Island. Working in Kona as a flight instructor, she made her way into the tour industry and moved to Kaua’i with her husband (Eli), their dog, and two horses. Stephanie loves spending her free time fishing, horseback riding, and hiking.

Joshua Han

At a young age, Josh was drawn towards aviation. After taking an Aviation Science class in college, he decided to turn his dream of being a pilot into a reality. Starting flight school in Hawaii was the best decision of his life. Upon graduating from flight school he became a flight instructor and tour pilot on Oahu and Big Island before deciding to call Kaua’i home. When Josh is not in the air flying, you can find him outside exploring the island or in the ocean. Some of his favorite activities include hiking, camping on the beach and spearfishing. Josh has flown on every island (except Ni’ihau) and is excited to show you his favorite island, Kaua’i. 

Jordan Hayes

Jordan was born and raised throughout the state of California. He grew up with an avid interest for aviation – both of his grandfathers flew in the military. After studying business in college, he realized a classic desk job wasn’t going to keep him awake. He began taking flight lessons in San Diego where he obtained his private pilot certificate. Soon after, he packed everything into two bags and moved to the Big Island of Hawaii to finish training and work as a flight instructor. He spent a few years on Oahu, flying the iconic Magnum P.I. helicopter. Since he didn’t get the role of TC in the reboot of the TV series, Jordan decided to do the next best thing…fly for Jack Harter. If he’s not in the sky, you can find Jordan all over Kaua’i spearfishing, surfing, or trekking through the jungle with his trusty pup, Karl.

Justin Hopp

Being drawn to helicopters from a young age, Justin finally decided to make his passion his profession. He left California four years ago and moved to the Big Island of Hawaii to start his flight training in Kona. After completing training, he was hired as a flight instructor at the school he attended and started teaching the art of flight himself. He also flew tours around the island of Oahu. After a little over a year of instruction and tours, he was offered an opportunity in Alaska where he was able to spend the summer flying tours to the glaciers and dog camps out of Juneau. But the warmth and beauty of the islands beckoned his return and he was fortunate enough to land back in the islands with Jack Harter Helicopters. He loves flying around the amazing island of Kaua’i and sharing all the beauty and sights it has to offer with visitors like yourself.