OUR CREW

MEET OUR TEAM

From hangar to cockpit our certified, professional staff are highly skilled to ensure your safety and comfort.

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Flying with Outer Banks Aviation is a consistently great experience that we highly recommend.  Their friendly and accommodating staff is a pleasure to deal with, and the pilots are attentive to our needs and comfort in flight.  It's fascinating to observe the plane's radar screen and the pilot's interaction with the air traffic controllers en route, and, of course, the "bird's eye" view of the scenery and landmarks below. Flying with Outer Banks Aviation gives us more time to enjoy our Outer Banks vacation.  It's a thrilling experience you won't want to pass up!

- GLORIA G.

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Sam Long

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, PILOT

Sam has been flying since 2017 and working with Outer Banks Aviation since 2019. He has accumulated over 1300 hours of flight time in various aircraft, with nearly 700 hours in OBXA airplanes. Along with flying duties, Sam also works as the Assistant Director of Operations.

Chuck Buterbaugh

DIRECTOR OF MAINTENANCE

Chuck received his A&P license in 1983 and has over 45 years of experience in Aircraft Maintenance, servicing military, commercial, and general aviation aircraft. Prior to receiving his A&P, Chuck served in the US Navy. Today, he serves as the Director of Maintenance and holds an Inspection Authorization at OBXA.

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Brady Lozaw

BUSINESS MANAGER

Brady graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 2021 with a degree in Economics and Business. After graduation, he joined the OBXA team as the business manager. Brady works in the office at the hangar and is currently learning how to fly!

Charlie Snow

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, PILOT

Our Founder and Director of Operations, Charlie Snow, has been flying since the young age of 14 and flying professionally for over 35 years. After graduating from Virginia Tech, Charlie began his career with the FAA in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1988, he and his family moved to Roanoke Island where he later became a project manager/engineer for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, as well as a Park Service pilot.

After retiring from the government, Charlie began flying charter flights and tours full time. In 2007 he founded Outer Banks Air Charters, now known as Outer Banks Airlines. Today, Charlie enjoys doing what he does best – flying – and he loves taking folks up for their first flight.

When Charlie isn’t in the air, he also enjoys working on clocks, cycling, singing, dining out, traveling and spending time with his family.

Mike "Rex" Enloe

PILOT

Mike Enloe joined Outer Banks Airlines in April of 2021 as a pilot. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, Mike earned his Wings of Gold as a US Naval Aviator and helicopter pilot flying the venerable MH-60S “Knighthawk” helicopter. Since leaving the Navy in 2019, Mike has taken on a job as a local operations planner and consultant.

When not in the air, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, working in the garden, and playing soccer. Mike is also a small business owner, teaching martial arts and self defense classes to the Hampton Roads area.

“I’ve been looking for opportunities to continue flying since I left the Navy. I’m blessed that Outer Banks Airlines had openings for pilots, and look forward to getting our clients where they need to go!”

Michael Groothousen Jr.

CHIEF PILOT

Our Chief Pilot Michael Groothousen began his career in the military. Groot started as an Air Defense Artilleryman in the Virginia Army National Guard in 1998 before being discharged to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. After graduation in 2004, he was selected for flight training in Pensacola, FL and Corpus Christi, TX. After earning his coveted Wings of Gold in 2006, Groot was assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron 42 in Mayport, FL flying the SH-60B Seahawk including a 2008-09 combat deployment to Iraq. After his tour at HSL-42, Groot went back to the Naval Academy as a Company Officer and instructor, responsible for the professional development of over 150 Midshipmen. Eventually he found himself back in the Norfolk area at US Fleet Forces Command as a Fleet Watch Officer.

Groot left active duty in 2016 and began flight instructing at Horizon Flight Center in Chesapeake before signing on as a contractor with Phoenix Air Group Flying Learjets out of Newport News, VA in 2018. In March 2021, he joined the OBX Air team as the Chief Pilot overseeing the training and certification of all our Outer Banks Air pilots.

When he isn’t flying, Groot enjoys spending time with his family, building legos and models, general tinkering projects around the house, and trying to figure out where his hair went.

Jennica Long

OFFICE MANAGER

Jennica joined Outer Banks Airlines in June 2020, assuming the position of Office Manager. In addition to the back office work required to keep OBXA in the air, she also manages client reservations and ensures customer satisfaction.

When not on the phone with clients or working in the office, Jennica enjoys spending her time with her three children and her husband (a pilot and flight instructor.) She also loves plants (specifically helping pollinators), animals, family tent camping and attending music festivals. Over the years, she has been a principal in two small businesses, earned her certification in Occupational Therapy, and worked in environments where she used her skills to assist those with special needs.

“I am excited to bring my experience and background into the aviation industry.  I enjoy dynamic and fulfilling interactions with other people, and I have certainly found that here.”