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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Voted #1 on Kauai

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Voted #1 on Kauai

The Garden Island newspaper announced yesterday their Best of Kauai award winners and named Blue Hawaiian Helicopters number one under “Best Helicopter Tour”. The only helicopter company serving all four major Hawaiian islands, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has been flying with aloha since 1985 and also ranked in the top three under “Best Air Tour”. “Blue… Read more »

Source: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, 01-Nov-17

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Voted #1 for 18th Consecutive Year

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Voted #1 for 18th Consecutive Year

Hawaii Tribune-Herald announced today their Best of East Hawaii 2017 Awards and named Blue Hawaiian Helicopters the “Best Helicopter/Air Tour” for the 18th year in a row. The only helicopter company serving all four major Hawaiian islands, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has been flying with aloha since 1985. “We are thrilled to be recognized by Hawaii… Read more »

Source: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, 25-Sep-17

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Blue Hawaiian partners with ranch for new tour

Blue Hawaiian partners with ranch for new tour

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is proud to announce their partnership with Piiholo Ranch Maui and offer guests the Heli Ranch Experience, an opportunity that combines a private helicopter tour and horseback ride for the ultimate upcountry Maui adventure. “Partnering with Piiholo Ranch Maui allows us to offer our guests a unique air and land adventure,” said… Read more »

Source: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, 20-Sep-17

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Celebrates World Helicopter Day

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Celebrates World Helicopter Day

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters will be offering a 15% discount on all helicopter tours as a way to celebrate World Helicopter Day, August 20. The discount includes any tour that covers Maui, Big Island, O’ahu and Kaua’i. They are also donating a portion of the funds raised during that day to Hawaii’s Make a Wish Foundation,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Aug-17

Air Methods makes two key appointments in Tourism division

Air Methods makes two key appointments in Tourism division

Air Methods, the world’s largest helicopter operator, today announced the appointment of David Doerr to president of the Tourism Division and Jim Greiner as president of Sundance Helicopters, effective immediately. In the newly created position, Doerr will be responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and growth of the Tourism Division, including overseeing Sundance Helicopters and… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 21-Jun-16

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters faces lawsuit over hard landing

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters faces lawsuit over hard landing

A lawsuit has been filed against tour operator Blue Hawaiian Helicopters following a hard landing on Kauai in January of this year.  The preliminary NTSB report of the accident of Airbus EC130T2 N11VQ on 17th January stated “On January 17, 2016, about 1430 Hawaii standard time, an Airbus EC130 T2, N11VQ, landed hard on a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-16

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters wins FAA Diamond award for 17th time

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters wins FAA Diamond award for 17th time

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters today announced it received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Award of Excellence ‘Diamond Award’ for the 17th time. The Hawaii-based helicopter tour operator was presented this accolade in recognition of its maintenance technicians and advanced training. “We are incredibly proud of our maintainers’ dedication to safety and quality,” said Gregg Lundberg, president… Read more »

Source: Blue Hawaiian, 18-Feb-16

Blue Hawaiian Receives FAA Safety Management System Status

Blue Hawaiian Receives FAA Safety Management System Status

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters recently received Safety Management System (SMS) program status by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), becoming the first air tour operator in the United States to reach this milestone. Blue Hawaiian began participating in the voluntary SMS program in 2009, adopting the systematic approach to managing safety risk. “Achieving SMS emphasizes our company’s… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 19-Jun-15

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Blue Hawaiian Given TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Blue Hawaiian Given TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Being recognized in 2015 with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence makes it half a decade for Blue Hawaiian Helicopters since they received their first recognition. See Full Story.

Source: Big Island Now, 08-Jun-15

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Blue Hawaiian welcomes eighth EC130T2 – Largest Fleet of Next-Generation Aircraft in Hawaii

Blue Hawaiian welcomes eighth EC130T2 – Largest Fleet of Next-Generation Aircraft in Hawaii

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters (www.bluehawaiian.com) announces the placement of its newest Airbus EC130 T2 “Eco-Star” into service, making it the eighth EC130 T2 to enter operation with Blue Hawaiian in the past two years. To date, Blue Hawaiian’s fleet total is 14 EC130s, eight EC130T2s and five AS350B2s. Blue Hawaiian owns Hawaii’s largest fleet of helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Blue Hawaiian, 30-Apr-15

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New President announced at Blue Hawaiian Helicopters to replace founders

New President announced at Blue Hawaiian Helicopters to replace founders

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, today announced that Gregg Lundberg has been appointed as president of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. Lundberg will succeed Blue Hawaiian Helicopters founders David and Patricia Chevalier who are transitioning into advisory roles. “Gregg is a great addition to the team and we are thrilled to… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 23-Apr-15

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18-Jul-14 N197BH Eurocopter AS350B2 Kapalua, US-Hawaii

Emergency landing after loss of hydraulics

18-Jul-14

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Arriel engines reach 500,000 flight hours with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Arriel engines reach 500,000 flight hours with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Turbomeca (Safran) announced the achievement of a major milestone for both Blue Hawaiian Helicopters and Turbomeca. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is expected to exceed 500,000 flight hours on the Turbomeca Arriel engine prior to the end of the year. Blue Hawaiian currently flies Arriel 1D1 and 2B1 engines, and has most recently added the Arriel 2D… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 25-Feb-14

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Air Methods Closes Acquisition of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Air Methods Closes Acquisition of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, announced today that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters and its affiliates (“Blue Hawaiian”), a helicopter tour operator based in Hawaii. Founded in 1985, Blue Hawaiian is one of the world’s largest aerial tour operators and is the premier helicopter… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 16-Dec-13

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Air Methods to Acquire Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Air Methods to Acquire Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Hawaiian Helicopters and its affiliates (“Blue Hawaiian”), a helicopter tour operator based in Hawaii.  Founded in 1985, Blue Hawaiian is one of the world’s largest aerial tour operators and is… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 18-Nov-13

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Pilot’s widow files suit in crash of Blue Hawaiian EC130

Pilot’s widow files suit in crash of Blue Hawaiian EC130

Violeta Escobar filed a lawsuit in federal court in Hawaii last week against EADS (and subsidiaries) and the leasing company owner of the helicopter, claiming  defective design caused the crash.  See full story HeliHub.com page for this accident is at 10-Nov-11 N11QV Eurocopter EC130 Molokai, US-Hawaii (5F)

Source: Seattle PI, 12-Nov-13

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American Eurocopter delivers first two EC130T2s to Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

American Eurocopter delivers first two EC130T2s to Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

American Eurocopter has received a Supplemental Type Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration for installing the Garmin G500H “glass cockpit” multifunction electronic flight display system in the EC130 T2 helicopter. Launch customer Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, the only helicopter tour company serving all four major Hawaiian Islands, has received the first two G500H equipped EC130 T2s… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 29-Jul-13

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18-Jul-13 N11QG Eurocopter EC130 Lihue, US-Hawaii

Bird strike on tour flight

18-Jul-13

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Blue Hawaiian Voted “Best Helicopter Tour Company”

Blue Hawaiian Voted “Best Helicopter Tour Company”

In Fall 2012, HAWAII Magazine asked their 200,000 print-edition readers and their website readers to share their “Hawaii’s Best” selections in more than 60 categories. The 50,000 votes were compiled into the inaugural HAWAII Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards that appear in the March/April issue of the magazine. The categories cover favorites among hotels and resorts; Hawaiian islands and towns; ways to… Read more »

Source: Blue Hawaiian Helicopter, 19-Mar-13

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28-May-12 Eurocopter EC130B4 Puna, US-Hawaii

Precautionary field landing made during sightseeing flight. N o damage to helicopter.  Another helicopter from the same operator came and picked up the passengers.

28-May-12

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Blue Hawaiian Continues Green Leadership with Solar Power Array

Blue Hawaiian Continues Green Leadership with Solar Power Array

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, the largest and most successful aerial tour company in Hawaii, has installed a solar power system on the roofs of its two Operations Center buildings at the Maui Heliport. The Blue Hawaiian array consists of 432 panels providing 102 kw of power, which handles, on average, 90 percent of Blue Hawaiian’s electrical… Read more »

Source: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, 15-May-12

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Blue Hawaiian orders 20 EC130T2 Aircraft

Blue Hawaiian orders 20 EC130T2 Aircraft

At the Heli-Expo launch of Eurocopter’s new EC130 T2 helicopter, American Eurocopter announced today that Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has ordered 20 of the updated EC130 model that has made a name for itself in the United States in a variety of industries, particularly the aerial tour industry. The agreement with Blue Hawaiian includes 10 firm… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 12-Feb-12

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HAI Attends AAAE Aviation Issues Conference

HAI Attends AAAE Aviation Issues Conference

From Jan. 8-12, at the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Aviation Issues Conference in Kona, Kohala Coast, Hawaii, HAI Vice President of Government Affairs Ann Carroll met with Hawaii air tour operators to discuss air tour issues in the Hawaiian islands and to brief industry on legislative and regulatory issues affecting the industry. The… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Jan-12

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14-Nov-11 Hilo, US-Hawaii

Precautionary landing due electrical problem.  AS350 or EC130

14-Nov-11

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters EC130 crashes killing five

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters EC130 crashes killing five

Successful sightseeing operator Blue Hawaiian Helicopters suffered a fatal accident on the island of Molokai on Thursday. Having taken off from Kahului on Maui island, the 45 minute tour.  Molokai is a mostly rural island with about 7,000 resident population. The tourists, two male and two female, were from Pennsylvania and Ontario according to local… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Nov-11

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10-Nov-11 N11QV Eurocopter EC130 Molokai, US-Hawaii (5F)

Crashed into a mountainside on a sightseeing tour.  All 5 POB perished, including pilot Nathan Cline and Pennsylvania residents Michael and Nicole Abel who were only married five days earlier.  The other two were later named as Stuart Roberston and Eva Birgitta Wannersjo from Ontario, Canada

10-Nov-11

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Garmin G500H goes to Hawaii and Hollywood

Garmin G500H goes to Hawaii and Hollywood

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, is pleased to announce that one of its most popular products for helicopters is being used by one of the world’s largest tour operators. Blue Hawaiian, the largest Hawaiian helicopter operator and Hollywood’s first-call helicopter company, is in the… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 06-Mar-11

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters thrives despite weakened economy

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters thrives despite weakened economy

Despite low tourism numbers and the weakened economy Blue Hawaiian Helicopters opted to invest $10 million in the company by upgrading their fleet

Source: KHON, 07-Oct-10

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16-Nov-09 N11QF Eurocopter EC130 Kahului, US-Hawaii

16-Nov-09

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters voted Maui’s best air tour for third year running

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, the largest and most successful aerial tour company in Hawaii, has been voted “Best Air Tour” for the third straight year by the readers of The Maui News. The award-winning newspaper’s “Best of Maui” poll recognizes its readers’ choices for the island’s top restaurants, activites, resorts, golf courses, and clubs.

Source: RotorNews, 18-Sep-09

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Awarded FAA Diamond Award for the 10th Year Running

Source: Vertical, 01-Jul-09

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Commissions Acutrack For Its First Blu-ray Release

Source: Acutrack, 07-Apr-09

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Blue Hawaiian fleet lead EC130 passes 10,000 flight hours

Source: American Eurocopter, 22-Feb-09

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