Vaughn has been avidly involved in aviation since joining the South African Air Force in 1989.
Starting his aviation career as a flight line assistant, Vaughn progressed through initial pilot training on the venerable North American Harvard to helicopter training on the Alouette III. After a successful military career flying the SA330 Puma and SA332 Oryx, Vaughn transitioned to civilian life, and civil aviation, in 1997.
Since the early days flying the Bell 206 and 206L, Vaughn has carried out an impressive and diverse amount of commercial work on several helicopter types. His career highlight reel includes stolen vehicle recovery operations in South Africa, power line maintenance, day and night air ambulance operations, tourism operations and VIP flights for various Heads of State.
Vaughn's career in Africa has allowed him to experience many of Africa's great countries by helicopter.
With more than 25 years of full-time aviation commitment, Vaughn has acquired practical and highly specialized experience in the fields of aviation safety, safety management systems, risk management, flight operations quality assurance, flight data monitoring, aviation audits and operations management. Echelon is a truly international company, having completed successful projects in the aviation risk management sector across the world, including:
Republic of Korea
Vaughn moved to Canada to work in the booming Mineral Exploration, Oil & Gas, Heli-skiing and Tourism industries.
Before founding Echelon Consulting, Vaughn had a remarkable career with VIH Helicopters. He began as a line pilot, established the company’s premier VFR Simulator Training Program, served as the company’s Flight Standards Pilot and progressed to Director of Operations.
Echelon Consulting aims to give practical assistance to organizations in high-risk aviation industries striving to meet the highest levels of safety, quality and operational efficiency. We are committed to achieving the highest industry standards in full compliance with the latest best practices. We are a member of the Helicopter Association International, HeliOffshore and the International Airborne Geophysics Safety Association.