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Emmet Bartholomew

New Orleans, Louisiana

Emmet Bartholomew is a lifelong resident of Southeast Louisiana who began flying later in life at New Orleans Lakefront Airport. He continued training and turned what was to be a hobby into a second, lucrative career, achieving ATP, all instructor credentials, FAA Gold Seal designation and is a lead representative with the FAA Safety Team. He has since flown with a regional carrier, a primary hospital system and has multiple jet type ratings as captain.

Emmet began having a strong passion for conservation after becoming a pilot and seeing firsthand the seemingly endless environmental issues from his window at low altitude. As captain and mission pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, he flew aerial reconnaissance missions following the BP oil spill from Louisiana to Florida in support of efforts to capture and provide images to FEMA of the impact and clean-up operations. In conjunction to his services with SouthWings, Emmet continues to fly as a corporate pilot while providing flight training and aviation management services to the local aviation community. When not flying, he enjoys running, hiking, motorcycling, boating, scuba diving and on occasion performs music and stand-up comedy.

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