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DNRC Headquarters
1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074 | Fax: (406) 444-2684
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Rick Burger


Rick BurgerForestry Pioneer

Mr. Burger grew up in Missoula, where he attended grade school, high school, and the University of Montana. He married Diane Casto in January 1967, and they now have three grown children with spouses and six grandchildren. After 38 years he retired as LTC from the Montana Army Natonal Guard with Army Master Aviator Wings and several commendations. He retired a second time with over thirty years of service as DNRC's chief pilot.

Rick completed the Federal Aviation Administration commercial and instructor flight course at Ag Aviation Academy in 1967, and then Army Aviation Flight training at Fort Rucker Alabama in 1970. He was privileged to receive mountain flight training and multi-engine rating training from Jack Hughes of Johnson Flying Service (the pioneers in fire flying and mountain flying) in Missoula, MT in 1970.

Rick began flying in October 1967, and was employed by Executive Aviation in Missoula from 1968-1971. He worked for Montana DNRC from 1971 until 2001. He accumulated over 14,000 hours in all aspects of natural resource aviation.

In his retirement, he is still flying and is instructing mountain flying and mountain search pilot clinics for the state. His greatest joy is flying his grandchildren in his antique airplane. He and his wife Diane bought a fifth wheel RV and when they're not at home working on their ten acres they are traveling.








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