(written from a Production point of view)
Alan D. Purwin (28 August 1961 – 11 September 2015; age 54) was a helicopter pilot, stunt pilot, aerial coordinator and world-renowned aviator who worked as helicopter pilot on 2009's Star Trek. Born in Los Angeles, California, Purwin was the founder and executive of the company Helinet Aviation Services located in Van Nuys, California.
Purwin also built up the companies Cineflex, VideoFort, and Team5. In 2005, he was called to provide support to the US Coast Guard and oragnized a team which he flew out to New Orleans. His team supplied the first disaster images from the hurricane Katrina to the Coast Guard and Homeland Security.
For over three decades he worked as aerial coordinator, stunt pilot, or helicopter pilot on film and television productions including the television series Airwolf (1984-1987), the adventure Jurassic Park (1993) and its sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), the thriller Air Force One (1997), the science fiction adventure Armageddon (1998), the action comedy Charlie's Angels (2000), the science fiction film Transformers (2007) and its sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), the action films Fast & Furious (2009, directed by Justin Lin) and Furious Seven (2015), the sequel Jurassic World (2015), and the comic adaptation Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
In 2002, Purwin received a Taurus World Stunt Award nomination in the category Best Aerial Work for his contribution to the drama Pearl Harbor. In 2012, he was part of the stunt cast of the sequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon which received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in the category Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture.
Purwin died in a plane crash near Medellin, Colombia after wrapping filming on the Universal Pictures crime thriller American Made (formerly called Mena) on 11 September 2015.   The crash was attributed to bad weather.