Air Bear Tactical Aircraft is comprised of a staff of aviation and law enforcement professionals with decades of experience to assist you with your airborne surveillance needs.

Air Bear Tactical Aircraft, LLC is a California Limited Liability Corporation with its main offices at KSNA, Orange County/John Wayne Airport with additional facilities in N. California and New York. We provide custom fixed wing surveillance solutions based upon the best platform to address your needs, coupled with mission equipment tailored to your requirements. Contact us today!

Gary Standel, Managing Partner

Gary Standel developed a passion for flying early in his career and realized a major part of his dream by founding West Coast Charters in 1987.  His dedication, hard work, honesty and integrity has allowed him to continually expand his fleet, now with a strong presence in Orange County and beyond.  In 1995, Gary opened his current corporate headquarters at the south end of John Wayne Airport.  In 2004, he expanded his maintenance division with the addition of a 30,000 square foot facility in Long Beach, CA.

As President and CEO for the past 27 years, Gary has continued expansion by establishing West Coast Aviation Services and its subsidiaries – West Coast Charters, West Coast Aircraft Maintenance, West Coast Aircraft Sales and West Coast Aircraft Shares – as one of Orange County’s leading full-service aviation companies.  His experience, drive, determination and leadership have resulted in continued success and he is excited about his next endeavor, Managing Partner of Air Bear Tactical Aircraft.

John Nielsen, Director, Airborne Law Enforcement Operations

Many of us know John from his 30 years as a CHP officer, over 24 of those as an airborne surveillance pi¬lot. Having logged over 11,000 PIC hours in surveillance operations, John is considered as one of the foremost experts in airborne law enforcement tactics. You may have attended one of his seminars taught at the ALEA conference or read one of his many commentaries in Air Beat magazine.

John introduced the concept of adding a high power day/night IR camera system to his assigned aircraft (Air-21), with the goal of expanding the CHP fixed wing program. After years of developing success¬ful fixed wing tactics, Air-21 became one of the most active and productive law enforcement aircraft in the United States.  John is now making his considerable expertise available via his partnership in Air Bear in order to expand the capabilities and efficiency of airborne law enforcement.

Gary Bushouse, Director, Business Development

Drawing upon his business development background providing engineering and manufacturing solutions to the aerospace & defense industries, Gary brings a unique solution based perspective to Air Bear.  Working in conjunction with our in house tactical expert John Nielsen and our integration partners, Gary quickly and effectively can configure a solution to meet and exceed your needs. His engineering background supporting airborne secure telecommunications dovetails nicely with his decades of aviation and business development expertise. This allows Gary to provide our customers with insight into the complexities involved fielding a world class surveillance solution. Responsible for interfacing with our preferred integration partners, Gary’s project management skills assure completion of your mission solution on time and within budget.

Recently transitioning from a highly successful career responsible for world-wide sales and marketing for a startup business jet OEM, Gary now is focusing his efforts on providing best available, cost effective surveillance solutions. Gary’s background and experience assist Air Bear in delivering best in class solutions to our airborne surveillance customers.