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Colorado Highland Helicopters: Mountain Flight Education and High Altitude Rescue in Durango, Colorado | Brandon Laird and Dayle Morningstar

Colorado Highland Helicopters

This week we are joined by Dayle Morningstar and Brandon Laird of Colorado Highland Helicopters, a family owned and operated business that provides flight instruction, search and rescue, photography and reconnaissance.

Brandon learned to fly in California but was drawn to the mountains, eventually leading him to Durango as a Care Flight pilot. This is where he met Dayle and together they noticed a need for both instruction and rescue service in Durango. After Care Flight pulled out of the area, they decided to stay and started their business in 2016.

Now, the bulk of their business is education and flight training, although they are still called for rescues, photography work, tours, and air tactical training.

This week on Small Business War Stories, Dayle Morningstar and Brandon Laird join us from Durango, Colorado.

Three reasons to tune in this week: 

  • Learn about the need for high altitude and mountain flight instruction.
  • Hear how Brandon and Dayle were able to afford their business, including purchasing a helicopter.
  • Learn how they grew their social media quickly.

Listen to the podcast:


This episode is part of the Soul of America tour sponsored by Freshbooks. During October 2017, I took my second tour of America. I drove with my puppy Muddy Waggers, my guitar, and my podcasting equipment with the goal of recording podcast episodes with small business owners throughout the heart of America.

If you have any questions or comments about today’s episode, please leave them below.


Pablo Fuentes

Pablo Fuentes was the Founder and CEO of Proven. He was also the host and producer of the Small Business War Stories podcast. Pablo is currently the Founder of makepath, a spatial analysis firm. He is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and UCLA. He loves dogs, film photography, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is also a blues guitar player and builder.

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