Prairie Air Inc. is the Midwest’s most popular & respected Robinson Helicopter Service Center located in Central Minnesota. Our team has a combined 50+ year experience in repairing Robinson & Bell helicopters and are committed to providing unsurpassed reliability, responsibility & quality for all our customers. Our goal is to foster long-term relationships with our customers based on our high-quality workmanship, trust & integrity. While we are well-known in the Midwest for our maintenance, we house an extensive inventory of Robinson Helicopter Parts and we have the capabilities to ship worldwide.
You can count on the Prairie Air team for your next scheduled maintenance, parts supply, unexpected field needs or pre-buy inspection. We have the experience, desire and resources to ensure your helicopter needs go as smoothly and quickly as possible.
Joe & Laura LaRue
Prairie Air Inc. is a dynamic company owned and operated by Joe and Laura LaRue. Together they have built Prairie Air Inc. to be known and trusted for providing the Midwest’s aviation industry with high-quality solutions for all their needs. Joe and Laura founded Prairie Air Inc. in 2005, and the company has been Robinson Helicopter Certified since 2006.
Joe’s love of aviation started growing up in the bread-basket of the US–agriculture rich central Minnesota. From getting his pilots license as a young teen, to working with local farmers spraying crops throughout high school, it became evident that Joe’s career should follow the aviation course. Joe was employed with Columbia Helicopters (CHI) and traveled the US gaining valuable experience on most major helicopter airframes and engines. As the founder and Director of Maintenance at Prairie Air for the past 13 years, Joe is familiar with and gained expertise in a varied and diverse range of aircraft.
Laura’s work as co-founder of Prairie Air Inc. is the other half to Joe’s mechanical skill. While this is more behind-the-scenes, the professionalism and quality of daily operations is a direct result of Laura’s management. Laura has also tackled the executive management tasks required to guide Prairie Air Inc. in reaching milestones for this rapidly-growing company.
Prairie Air Team:
Ben is the backbone of Prairie Air’s maintenance team. He grew up on a Dairy in Central MN. He was infected with the aviation bug at a young age on his father’s knee when his father would sing “Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines” before bedtime. He graduated from Northland Technical in Thief River Falls, MN with his A&P, AET, and UAS certifications. He has since earned his private pilot license, and he is preparing for his IA certification.
Andrew’s attention to detail, leadership skills, and strong work ethic are a vital part of our team. Andrew’s aviation path began when he felt called to be a missionary pilot. He traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to follow that calling. When he returned to the States, Andrew attained his AMT degree and A/P certification in 2014 from Northland Technical. He is currently working towards his private pilot license.
Aaron is a US Navy veteran who brings many years of helicopter/airplane maintenance experience and a ton of enthusiasm for aviation to Prairie Air. Aaron spent 7 years and 3 deployments as a helicopter mechanic for the US Navy. He received his certification from Lake Area Tech in South Dakota.
Zach is a complete joy to have in the shop. He always shows up with a smile and greets everyone with a warm welcome. He is currently employed at Prairie Air Inc. as an A/P apprentice and is actively preparing to take his A/P certification test in late 2018.
Pilot & A/P Apprentice
Andrew is a professional pilot for Carlson Ag Air during the Ag season. In the winter months Andrew assists us with all our pilot needs and is working towards his A/P certification.
Dave is the support for our entire team as he handles inventory and logistics. Dave is responsible for keeping the Prairie Air team supplied & operating efficiently.