Key Team

Heli-Excel International Inc.

Todd Tkach


Todd Tkach is the President and Director of Operations for Heli-Excel International Inc. Mr. Tkach has acquired over 10,000 flight hours in 30 years as Commercial Helicopter pilot and has held the positions of Chief Pilot, Operations Manager and General Manager. The majority of his flight time was flown in Canada but has also flown missions in Mexico and the USA. Mr. Tkach will oversee the operations of Heli-Excel in Kurdistan.

Idris Hassan

General Manager

Idris Hassan is the General Manager of Heli-Excel International Inc. Mr. Hassan has an exemplarily military background as a Peshmerga soldier in Kurdistan. Mr. Hassan is a businessman who looks after all the communications with the Kurdistan Regional Government and Civil Aviation Authorities along with the day to day operations of the company.

Life Support Team

Dr Alla’a M Yousif


Dr Alla’a has managed to gain western certification for the company and is recognized by the American Heart foundation as a true western health care provider. He has received a high number of appreciation and recommendation letters from a wide audience of western companies. He also dedicates time and staff to support the fighting forces of Kurdistan with medical training and support to the displaced communities with basic health care.

Mohammed M Majeed

Operations Director

Mr Mohammed has gained recognition and respect from all the Life support teams’ client base. He maintains a professional rapport with clients and workforce alike. He is always looking to better the qualifications of his staff. In addition his innovative nature leads him to always look to expand and improve the Life support team services

Al-Burhan Airways Management

Capt. Dhalia Burhan

Aviation Director

Dhalia Burhan, Al-Burhan Airways Aviation Director and Safety Manager, handles international sales , account management for our corporate clients and safety management systems for the helicopter service.

Al-Ameen Raif

Commercial Manager

Al-Ameen Raif, Al-Burhan Airways Commercial Manager, is based in our headquarter in Baghdad Int. Airport, to manage the correspondences with the clients and develop their commercial needs. Having worked in business development for Al-Burhan Group, Raif is adding such a high value of positive energy in branding Al-Burhan Airways with the Iraqi and regional market.

Hussam Mahboba

Administration Manager and OCC

Husam Mahboba, Al-Burhan Airways’ Administration Manager, Running the daily life of the company with high efficiency, innovation and love for his work. He‘s been a multi-role engineer and project planner and now making use of his organizational and communication skills with Al-Burhan Airways team. Mr. Mahboba gained his BSc. In Mechanical Engineering from Baghdad.

Flight Crew

Nicholas Donnellan

Chief Pilot and Director of Flight Operations

Chief Pilot and Director of Flight Operations, Captain Nicholas Donnellan, has accumulated 34 years experience operating helicopters. With over 12000 flight hours as PIC, Loadmaster and Crewman, more than half were flown off Scotland’s coast in the Dauphin 365 helicopters in MOD, SAR and HEMS missions. His previous assignments as Chief Pilot in the UK, India and Bangladesh have given him a broad range of experience both in hot and high and cold and wet environments!

Jean-Fredric Stephan

Crew Training Manager

Crew Training Manager, Captain Jean-Frederic Stephan from France, is a highly experienced Flight Instructor with global experience of delivering effective training in challenging environments. His background includes helicopter flying in jungle, desert, mountain, and maritime operations. This wealth of aviation has brought a new level of safety orientated flight and expertise to Al-Burhan Airways.

Stylianos Georgiou

Maintenance Manager

Mr Stylianos Georgiou is our Maintenance Manager. His career includes more than 35 years of engineering experience in the aviation industry in major Hellenic commercial operations and the Hellenic Air Force. His Part 21J, Part 147, Part M and Part 145 knowledge has focussed on Leonardo (Agusta) helicopters and his background can only enhance the practical reliability and comfort of all ABA passengers and crew.