Kevin LaRosa Sr.
Kevin is best known for his expertise in flying camera and directing aerial action sequences. He is qualified to fly all types of helicopters, vintage aircraft as well as a modified Lear 25, which Kevin uses for high altitude and high speed film work."
Kevin La Rosa, one of four siblings, was born July 3, 1950 in Kearny, New Jersey. His Italian father, Nick, was a Major in the US Air Force, while his Irish-Catholic mother, Anne, was busy raising a family on military bases as they traveled the world. Kevin’s love for aviation was instilled early-on, living overseas in Japan on a US military base watching his father fly. In 1961, his father transferred into the Air National Guard and the family moved to California. While attending High School, Kevin began dating Patricia Tondo, a young Italian girl whose family had also moved from New Jersey to California. In 1969, the La Rosa family received the unexpected grave news that Kevin’s father had died in the line of duty on a secret mission in a foreign county. This tragic event only strengthened Kevin’s love for aviation and his determination to carry on his father’s legacy. With some financial assistance from his high school sweetheart, Kevin was able to begin the first of his many flying lessons. In 1971 Kevin and Patricia were married and had two children, a son and a daughter. Following in his father footsteps, Kevin joined the Air National Guard and served for six years. It is this life, filled with aviation history that has led to the summation of this man and pilot, Kevin La Rosa.
Kevin is best known for his expertise in flying camera and directing aerial action sequences. He is qualified to fly all types of helicopters, vintage aircraft as well as a modified Lear 25, which Kevin uses for high altitude and high speed film work. He was nominated by the World Stunt Awards for “Best Aerial Work” in “The Last Castle” and “Pearl Harbor.” In addition, he was also nominated by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his contributions to the Emmy winning film, “The Tuskegee Airmen” where he worked as a second unit director. He felt privileged being asked to be the Aerial Coordinator of a Harrison Ford documentary titled “Wings Over the Rockies,” which plays everyday at the Space Museum in Colorado. He donated his services as the Aerial Coordinator for the documentary, “One Six Right,” an aviation project he felt very strongly about, that was requested by the Whitehouse for a private screening, receiving noteworthy reviews. Kevin has dedicated his life to flight and the advances in aviation. He was the President of Jetcopters, an aviation company that gave opportunities and jobs to over 50 pilots during its existence. Over the years, due to Kevin’s flying expertise and reputation he has had the honor to fly and be entrusted with the lives of many dignitaries, ambassadors and heads of state. Kevin has also worked extensively with all branches of the military, filming military aircraft and testing various top secret equipment. He founded and chaired the Van Nuys Airport Safety Committee, and has served as the President of the Motion Pictures Pilots Association, of which he is still an active member. He is also a member of the Screen Actors and Directors Guild, working as an Aerial Coordinator and Stunt Pilot. His vast collection of work can be seen in over 170 movies, documentaries, commercials and videos. see production credit Kevin’s most recent films, “The Avengers,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” and “The Rum Dairy’s” have been added to his list of accomplishments. The legacy of this aviation family is into their third generation. Kevin La Rosa II is an accomplished pilot just like his father and grandfather. He is licensed to fly helicopters, airplanes and jets. He is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has worked with his father on numerous films. Both Kevin Sr. and his son continue their work together in the film industry as a highly skilled “Aviation Film Team.”