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Guimbal appoints distributor in Canada

Guimbal appoints distributor in Canada

As French manufacturer Helicoptères Guimbal continues to find success with their composite two-seater Cabri G2, so their distributor network increases.  The company has confirmed to HeliHub.com that BC Helicopters in Abbotsford, British Columbia, have been appointed the distributor for the province of British Columbia in Canada.  BC Helicopters were the first operator of the type… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-17

British Columbia Non-Profit Wants EMS Helicopters as an Election Issue

British Columbia Non-Profit Wants EMS Helicopters as an Election Issue

Northern British Columbia Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operations Society, or H.E.R.O.S, is trying to convince groups that pre-hospital care and transportation that EMS helicopters provide should be a priority, before the BC 2017 election. H.E.R.O.S Vice President, Ted Clarke has been advocating the necessity of EMS helicopters. He points out that patients in need of critical… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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Helijet Renews Resort Fishing Lodge Service Contracts to 2019

Helijet Renews Resort Fishing Lodge Service Contracts to 2019

Helijet has extended its existing helicopter air service contracts with six of BC’s world-renowned fishing resort lodge clients located on the Haida Gwaii Islands and Bella Bella, along the Central-West coast of British Columbia. Collectively, the air service provisions are valued at over $5 million. Helijet will provide exclusive seasonal helicopter service to resort lodge… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 21-Apr-17

Sikorsky Recognizes Helijet for 30 Years of Safe S-76 Flight Operations

Sikorsky Recognizes Helijet for 30 Years of Safe S-76 Flight Operations

Sikorsky also recognized Helijet President & CEO Daniel Sitnam for his dedication and commitment to safety, leadership and training throughout the 30-year journey. “It is with great pride that we highlight this long-standing relationship and recognize Helijet for the trust placed in Sikorsky helicopters for the past three decades,” said Sikorsky Vice President for Strategy… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 13-Mar-17

Sgnificant gaps in British Columbia EMS coverage

Sgnificant gaps in British Columbia EMS coverage

Injured forestry workers in remote or rural parts of the province must wait – often for many hours – to access air ambulance, reports the BC Forest Safety Ombudsman in a report released today. “Rural communities today are impacted twice compared to urban centres – first, in reduced access to medical care and again in… Read more »

Source: BC Forest Safety, 13-Feb-17

Ombudsman reports serious gaps in British Columbia EMS coverage

Ombudsman reports serious gaps in British Columbia EMS coverage

Injured forestry workers in remote or rural parts of the province must wait – often for many hours – to access air ambulance, reports the BC Forest Safety Ombudsman in a report released today. “Rural communities today are impacted twice compared to urban centres – first, in reduced access to medical care and again in… Read more »

Source: BC Forest Safety Ombudsman, 02-Feb-17

BC Helicopters to be first Canadian operator of Guimbal Cabri G2

BC Helicopters to be first Canadian operator of Guimbal Cabri G2

The Guimbal Cabri G2 will soon arrive in Canada for the first time, with serial 1184 now being shipped to BC Helicopters, who are based at Abbotsford in British Columbia. The red aircraft – to match the primary colour of the Canadian flag on the tail – completed its flight testing at the Guimbal factory… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jan-17

AHRT completes Initial Hoist Training with Blackcomb Helicopters

AHRT completes Initial Hoist Training with Blackcomb Helicopters

Advanced Helicopter+Rescue Techniques completes Initial Hoist Training with Blackcomb Helicopters. The training was performed in Squamish, British Columbia and provided Ground Training as well as Technical Ground and Flight Training. Blackcomb Helicopters Chief Pilot, Geoff Doran commented, “We are very grateful to AH+RT for the comprehensive and professional Hoist Training Course.   They did a great… Read more »

Source: Advanced Helicopter + Rescue Techniques LLC, 13-Jan-17

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Ken Norie of VIH wins BC Aviation Council Award

Ken Norie of VIH wins BC Aviation Council Award

Ken Norie, President and CEO of Vancouver Island Helicopters (VIH) recently received a BC Aviation Council Award for his hard work at growing and managing VIH and the subsidiaries it owns. Ken was a junior commercial pilot by the age of 18, having spent his entire life surrounded by helicopters. Ken started buying shares in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-16

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Fundraising for Queen Victoria Hospital Helipad

Fundraising for Queen Victoria Hospital Helipad

The Revelstoke and District Health Foundation held their first fundraiser this past Monday to help raise funds for the construction of a helipad at Queen Victoria Hospital. The project already has donations from various corporations, non-profits and individuals, but the goal is to reach $465 000. The idea for a helipad started in 2010, with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Nov-16

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BC Aviation Council & Helijet Announce $3500 Bursary

BC Aviation Council & Helijet Announce $3500 Bursary

The British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC) is pleased to announce that Helijet International has established a five-year annual corporate award of $3500 dollars aimed at mid-career candidates. The Helijet International Bursary Award will assist qualified candidates in completing Helicopter IFR training and on alternate years AME Certification Training. Helijet CEO Danny Sitnam commented, “we are… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 01-Nov-16

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Eagle Pass Heliski Announces New Lodge

Eagle Pass Heliski Announces New Lodge

Eagle Pass Heliski has announced the opening of their new heli ski/board lodge and summer adventure resort for the upcoming 2017 winter season. Located on 8 acres (3.2, hectares), the new 9,500 sq ft (882, m2) lodge is nestled in the Monashee Mountains, only 8 kilometres (5 miles) from downtown Revelstoke—the birthplace and mecca of… Read more »

Source: Eagle Pass Heliskiing, 30-Sep-16

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HeliJet Restrictions for British Columbia

HeliJet Restrictions for British Columbia

HeliJet, the air ambulance company, has been restricted in their use of helipads and is no longer allowed to land at seven hospitals in the province of British Columbia. Although they have temporary exemptions for five of these hospitals, they still cannot land at Surrey Memorial and Royal Columbian and are not allowed to land… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Sep-16

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Chinook Helicopters and UFV explore helicopter pilot training

Chinook Helicopters and UFV explore helicopter pilot training

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) and Chinook Helicopters Limited (Chinook) are joining forces and collaborating on the development of a helicopter pilot training stream within the UFV Aviation Diploma program. Based in Abbotsford BC, Chinook is Canada’s premier helicopter training organization with a 25% market share of all helicopter training in Canada. UFV… Read more »

Source: UFV, 11-Aug-16

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Eagle Copters delivers two 407HP back to Yellowhead after conversion

Eagle Copters delivers two 407HP back to Yellowhead after conversion

Eagle Copters announced the delivery of two Eagle 407HP’s to industry veteran Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd. just in time for the upcoming season.  Yellowhead plans to take full advantage of the 407HP’s additional power and payload during the warm summer months for various missions including cone harvesting, aerial seeding, power and pipe line patrols and fire… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 17-Jun-16

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Rokstad Power hire Erickson for British Columbia heavy lift work

Rokstad Power hire Erickson for British Columbia heavy lift work

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has been contracted by Rokstad Power Ltd. for heavy lift delivery services to Brucejack Mine in Stewart, British Columbia. “This project showcases the specialized utility of the Aircrane in a remote location at high elevations,” said Rob Lewis, Vice President Commercial Aviation Services. “Our pilots and… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 10-May-16

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Heli-One to upgrade two VVIP Sikorsky S76B helicopters

Heli-One to upgrade two VVIP Sikorsky S76B helicopters

Heli-One of Delta will refurbish two helicopters for the Sultan of Johor, Malaysia, under a new $8-million (US) contract, concluded during the recent three-day visit of His Majesty, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar. Finance Minister Michael de Jong welcomed the agreement as a sign of the growing international reputation of B.C.’s aerospace industry and… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 03-May-16

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Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke plans Can$465K helipad upgrade

Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke plans Can$465K helipad upgrade

Emergency patients will get to hospital quicker if fundraising efforts for an upgraded helipad facility at the Queen Victoria Hospital make it to the projected cost of $465,000.  See more details

Source: Revelstoke Mountaineer, 29-Feb-16

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CMH Heli-Skiing signs MoU with Shuswap Indian Band

CMH Heli-Skiing signs MoU with Shuswap Indian Band

The Shuswap Indian Band, an aboriginal community located in Invermere, B.C. and CMH, the world’s first heli-skiing and heli-hiking operator, announced today that they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to enhance information sharing and cross-cultural understanding, and develop environmental stewardship and community-based initiatives within Southeastern British Columbia’s East Kootenay region. The MoU… Read more »

Source: Shuswap Indian Band, 24-Feb-16

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Erickson renews another logging contract

Erickson renews another logging contract

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has renewed a longstanding contract for aerial timber harvesting with Vancouver-based Western Forest Products (WFP), one of the largest lumber producers in Canada. This is Erickson’s second timber harvesting contract renewal this year. Last month, the company renewed a separate timber harvesting contract with Helifor… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 08-Feb-16

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Erickson renews British Columbia S64 timber contract for fifth time

Erickson renews British Columbia S64 timber contract for fifth time

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has renewed a contract with Canadian aerial heavy lift company Helifor Canada (“Helifor”), a subsidiary of Columbia Helicopters, to continue providing aerial timber harvesting services in British Columbia and western Canada. The contract is the fifth renewal with Helifor and provides for year-round services with… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 01-Feb-16

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New 104,000 sq ft Vector facility in Langley targeted for January completion

New 104,000 sq ft Vector facility in Langley targeted for January completion

Construction of a new Vector Aerospace helicopter repair facility at Langley airport is underway. See Full Story

Source: The Langley Times, 20-Nov-15

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BC Hydro wins Safety Innovation award

BC Hydro wins Safety Innovation award

BC Hydro has been awarded the 2015 Airbus Helicopters Canada “Innovation in Safety” Award for their dedicated and collaborative approach to ensuring many years of safe operations. This award is presented to a nominee or organization whose business initiatives have demonstrated a great impact on the overall goal of safe flying operations, including skill development,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Nov-15

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Heli ski application bordering Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park denied

Heli ski application bordering Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park denied

The Ministry of Forests has denied Kootenay Heli-Ski Inc.’s tenure application to operate a daily heli-ski operation on 14,666 acres of crown land in the Selkirk mountains bordering portions of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.See full story.

Source: Nelson Star, 11-Nov-15

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Pacific Pilotage Authority issues RFP for pilot transfers by helicopter

Pacific Pilotage Authority issues RFP for pilot transfers by helicopter

The Pacific Pilotage Authority, based in the Canadian city of Vancouver, placed an advertisement in the Vancouver Sun on Saturday 31st October seeking expressions of interest from operators interested in providing “helicopter hoisting services for marine pilot transfers”.  The location was given as the “British Columbai Southern Coastal Region”. Interested parties can request an RFP… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-15

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Port Metro Vancouver donates IR camera to North Shore Rescue

Port Metro Vancouver donates IR camera to North Shore Rescue

Port Metro Vancouver has donated a specialized infrared camera to North Shore Rescue. When required by North Shore Rescue the camera will be mounted to a helicopter and used as a tool to help locate missing people in challenging terrain. The camera, a SeaFlir II-C stabilized imaging system, utilizes FLIR (forward looking infrared radiometer) technology… Read more »

Source: Port Metro Vancouver, 16-Oct-15

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Coulson Aircrane CEO recognized by the B.C. Aviation Cou

Coulson Aircrane CEO recognized by the B.C. Aviation Cou

Wayne Coulson’s interest in aircraft was sparked in 1984 when his family’s company bought its first helicopter. See Full Story

Source: AV Times, 06-Oct-15

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Helijet to face fast cat competition next summer?

Helijet to face fast cat competition next summer?

Riverside Marine is planning daily catamaran sailings between the downtown Vancouver Convention Centre and downtown Victoria.  The three-hour, 59 nautical mile trip would be for passengers only — no vehicles — and would cost about $80 per trip.  Helijet offers 35 minute flights and peak-time cost is $313 one-way, including GST, or $164 for off-peak… Read more »

Source: Business in Vancouver, 01-Oct-15

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Power Hydraulics move to larger facility in Langley

Power Hydraulics move to larger facility in Langley

Power Hydraulics Corp.announces the move of its main office and shop to a larger, strategically planned facility in the Gloucester Industrial Park, located in Langley, British Columbia. Supporting all in-house capabilities, the now fully operational facility allows Power Hydraulics to provide more services faster in the growing helicopter industry. “Our ultimate vision is to accommodate… Read more »

Source: Power Hydraulics, 02-Sep-15

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Vancouver-based helicopter pilot starts epic YouTube channel

Vancouver-based helicopter pilot starts epic YouTube channel

Bradley Friesen lives in Vancouver but spends most of his free time hovering above the mountains just north of our city.  See Full Story

Source: Vancitybuzz, 17-Jul-15

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Regional District calls for public meeting on heli-ski application

Regional District calls for public meeting on heli-ski application

The Regional District of the Central Kootenay board will ask FrontCounterBC for a public meeting regarding a proposed heli-ski operation bordering Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. See Full Story.

Source: Nelson Star, 26-Jun-15

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Turbomeca strengthens worldwide support network

Turbomeca strengthens worldwide support network

Turbomeca (Safran) is developing a new strategy to further improve the proximity service it offers to its customers. Taking advantage of the planned introduction of new light helicopters, Turbomeca will enlarge its support network to offer a best-in-class service tailored to small fleet operators. To offer the most comprehensive and reliable support network, Turbomeca is… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 03-Mar-15

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Helijet starts Vancouver-Nanaimo route this month

Helijet starts Vancouver-Nanaimo route this month

Already-known as the fastest way to get between the Lower Mainland and Victoria, Helijet International’s passenger helicopter service begins its new harbour-to-harbour service between downtown Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015. Travel time is just 18 minutes, and Helijet’s familiar 12-passenger, twin-engine, two-pilot Sikorsky helicopters are equipped to operate in both daylight,… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 03-Mar-15

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Canadian celebrity to speak on Leadership at CHC Safety Summit

Canadian celebrity to speak on Leadership at CHC Safety Summit

Dr. Dave Williams, a health care chief executive and record-breaking Canadian astronaut and aquanaut, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the gala dinner at the 11th-annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit. The Tuesday, March 24, dinner at the Westin Bayshore hotel is expected to attract 600 people – many of the people attending… Read more »

Source: 2015 CHC Safety & Quality Summit, 16-Feb-15

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British Columbia state government recognises Wildcat Helicopters

British Columbia state government recognises Wildcat Helicopters

B.C. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond says the province needs more apprentices. See Full Story

Source: Capital News, 09-Feb-15

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Aviation Students: Grants Available to Attend 2015 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Aviation Students: Grants Available to Attend 2015 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Aviation students can now apply for an expenses-paid opportunity to attend the 11th-annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit, through grants which honour a longtime advocate of excellence in aviation safety training. The Dr. Peter Gardiner Student Grant, worth more than C$4,000, covers admission to the summit, a choice of one of the pre-event courses, as… Read more »

Source: CHC, 08-Dec-14

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Helijet to launch Nanaimo-Vancouver weekday service

Helijet to launch Nanaimo-Vancouver weekday service

Helijet has begun the process of establishing scheduled helicopter service between its downtown Vancouver Heliport and Nanaimo’s Cruise Ship Centre facility, utilizing its fleet of familiar 12-passenger, twin engine, two-pilot Sikorsky helicopters. In recognition of a growing demand for fast, convenient air service between the two centres, especially for business travellers and commuters, Helijet plans… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 17-Oct-14

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New partners at Stellar Heliskiing

New partners at Stellar Heliskiing

Jason Remple has two new partners in Stellar Heliskiing  See full story

Source: Kelowna Daily Courier, 29-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters Canada Delivers EC135 to Blackcomb Aviation

Airbus Helicopters Canada Delivers EC135 to Blackcomb Aviation

Blackcomb Aviation’s EC135 will provide support for the company’s multi-year contracts with various organizations, including power line maintenance and support missions in western Canada. The aircraft will be based in Whistler, British Columbia and will complete missions requiring state-of-the-art twin engine aircraft capabilities. This is the first of two EC135’s set to be delivered to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jun-14

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West Coast Helicopters adds R44 Clipper to fleet

West Coast Helicopters adds R44 Clipper to fleet

West Coast Helicopters is excited to announce that we have added the Robinson R44 Clipper to our fleet of helicopters. The R44 Clipper with pop out floats is ideal for over water transportation or photography. The R44 can carry up to three passengers and small amount of baggage and still have good legs for distance… Read more »

Source: West Coast Helicopters, 30-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters donates vital training aid to BCIT aerospace facility

Airbus Helicopters donates vital training aid to BCIT aerospace facility

Airbus Helicopters’ donation of an AS350 to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) reflects its strong commitment to aviation and aerospace in Canada. As the leading helicopter manufacturer worldwide, Airbus Helicopters’ donation of the most popular single engine utility aircraft flying in Canada will provide an integral training tool for the next generation of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters Canada, 16-May-14

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29-Apr-14 C-GREU Bell 205A.1 Vernon, Canada

Tail rotor clipped windsock on take-off for training flight.  Minor damage, landed safety. CADORS 2014P0551

29-Apr-14

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Vector Signs Exclusive MRO Support Contract with Blackcomb Aviation

Vector Signs Exclusive MRO Support Contract with Blackcomb Aviation

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (“HS-NA”), a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace and one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed a 5 year, exclusive MRO support contract… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 25-Feb-14

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Vector Aerospace wins BC’s Top Employers for 2014 Award

Vector Aerospace wins BC’s Top Employers for 2014 Award

Vector Aerospace a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (“HS-NA”),one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services has been chosen as one of BC’s Top Employers for 2014. BC’s Top Employers… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 16-Feb-14

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HNZ Group celebrates Terrace hangar Grand Opening

HNZ Group celebrates Terrace hangar Grand Opening

Canadian Helicopters recently hosted a Grand Opening and Open House of its newly built hangar and office facility in Terrace,British Columbia,Canada.    The event was well attended by various customers, suppliers, local media, and the HNZ Board of Directors. The 13,000 square foot facility includes areas for reception, offices, pilot lounge, flight planning and debriefing rooms,… Read more »

Source: HNZ, 10-Feb-14

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RK Heliski launches sightseeing flights

RK Heliski launches sightseeing flights

RK offers a choice of three Heli Flightseeing Tours starting at $80 per person – See full story

Source: Vancouver Sun, 23-Jan-14

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Yellowhead Helicopters take delivery of a new AS350B3e for heliski work

Yellowhead Helicopters take delivery of a new AS350B3e for heliski work

Eurocopter Canada have announced that over the holidays, Yellowhead Helicopters took delivery of a AS350 B3e for heli-skiing operations in British Columbia.  Serial 7649 remains on the Canadian register in Eurocopter’s name, but it expected to change to Yellowhead in the near future. From left to right: Brad Pratt, Pilot and Rob Wittmack, AME. Jeremy Parkin… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-14

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Vector Signs Exclusive MRO Support Contract with Blackcomb Aviation

Vector Signs Exclusive MRO Support Contract with Blackcomb Aviation

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (“HS-NA”), a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace and one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed a 5 year, exclusive MRO support contract with… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 02-Jan-14

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Profile – Danny Sitnam, President and CEO of Helijet

Profile – Danny Sitnam, President and CEO of Helijet

When Danny Sitnam started a scheduled passenger helicopter service between Vancouver and Victoria 27 years ago, a potential partner told him it was the stupidest idea ever. Sitnam went for it anyway.  See full story

Source: Vancouver Sun, 01-Jan-14

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British Columbia EMS helicopters to carry blood

British Columbia EMS helicopters to carry blood

Trauma patients who require blood transfusions on air ambulances will now have timelier access to blood products and improved medical outcomes, thanks to a new program announced today. “When patients require an emergency blood transfusion their condition is critical and time is of the essence,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “This new program is a… Read more »

Source: BCAS, 23-Dec-13

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Queen Victoria Hospital helipad study approved

Queen Victoria Hospital helipad study approved

Revelstoke City Council approved the funding for a feasibility study for a helipad at Queen Victoria Hospital.  See full story

Source: Revelstoke Times Review, 23-Dec-13

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Wood Buffalo Helicopters and Summit Helicopters announce merger

Wood Buffalo Helicopters and Summit Helicopters announce merger

The Ledcor Group of Companies and Wood Buffalo Helicopters announced today that they have concluded an agreement in principle to merge their helicopter businesses and assets in Fort McMurray, Yellowknife and Terrace into a single operating entity, subject to regulatory approval. “We look forward to combining the talented and experienced teams of employees within Summit Helicopters and Wood Buffalo Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Ledcor Group, 11-Nov-13

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Blackcomb Aviation sign for two Eurocopter EC135s

Blackcomb Aviation sign for two Eurocopter EC135s

Blackcomb Aviation’s EC135’s will be based in Pemberton, British Columbia and provide support for the company’s numerous multi-year contracts with organizations requiring state-of-the-art twin engine aircraft.  This will include ongoing support for an extensive range of power utility (hydro) missions in western Canada. “With safety and efficient service at the core of Blackcomb Aviation’s principal… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 11-Nov-13

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Yellowhead Helicopters buy Eurocopter AS350B3e for heli-skiing

Yellowhead Helicopters buy Eurocopter AS350B3e for heli-skiing

Yellowhead Helicopters’ AS350 B3e will be based in Valemount, British Columbia, one of many bases situated in Alberta and British Columbia. The aircraft will be delivered in December 2013 and will be used for heliski Operations at the Mike Wiegele world class Heli-sking destination for helicopter skiing, located in Blue River, BC. “The Ecureuil family… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 11-Nov-13

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New helipad officially opens at Boundary Hospital

New helipad officially opens at Boundary Hospital

Dignitaries joined Interior Health officials today for the grand opening of the new heliport at Boundary Hospital. Members of the Clifton family, whose $200,000 donation made the heliport possible, were also on hand to celebrate the important addition to patient transport. “The new Boundary Hospital heliport will shorten the time needed to transfer critically-ill patients… Read more »

Source: Interior Health, 30-Oct-13

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Helijet takes off with multi-million dollar partnership

Helijet takes off with multi-million dollar partnership

For the past 27 years, British Columbian residents and tourists alike have likely heard of, or used Helijet, a locally based and operated aviation company that offers regularly scheduled flights between Vancouver and Victoria. Since its establishment, Helijet has steadily grown its business and recently they sought out the expertise and funding from First West… Read more »

Source: First West Capital, 24-Oct-13

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Helipad at Fort St. John Hospital feasible if conditions met

Helipad at Fort St. John Hospital feasible if conditions met

The committee reviewing the possibility of building a helipad at the new Fort St. John Hospital has determined the project is feasible, provided it meets a number of conditions. An implementation team has been formed to start working on meeting those conditions, and making the helipad a reality.  see full story

Source: Energetic City, 02-Oct-13

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Alpine Aerotech opens new Bell parts manufacturing plant in West Kelowna

Alpine Aerotech opens new Bell parts manufacturing plant in West Kelowna

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark officially opened the 16,000 sq. ft. expansion of Alpine Aerotech on September 27th in West Kelowna. The new R & D and parts manufacturing plant continues the long term expansion of Alpine Aerotech as an innovative leader in Bell helicopter leasing, maintenance and parts manufacturing. As an important company in… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 30-Sep-13

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Canada – Helipad upgrades begin at East Kootenay Regional Hospital

Canada – Helipad upgrades begin at East Kootenay Regional Hospital

East Kootenay Regional Hospital’s heliport is receiving approximately $450,000 in Interior Health funded upgrades to maintain an important transport link for patients of the region. The hospital upgrades will increase the heliport size and elevate it to accommodate new Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) helicopters. “Interior Health relies on STARS helicopters to provide life-saving… Read more »

Source: Interior Health, 15-Sep-13

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Airborne Engines becomes RR Authorized Maintenance Center for M250

Airborne Engines becomes RR Authorized Maintenance Center for M250

M International, Inc. announced today that its subsidiary, Airborne Engines Ltd., has signed a new AMC license agreement with Rolls-Royce and expanded OEM capabilities to perform M250 Engine MRO at its 32,000 sq. ft. facility in Delta BC, Canada. This will continue the tradition of outstanding service provided to the Commercial and Military Operators of… Read more »

Source: Airborne Engines, 11-Sep-13

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Eurocopter Canada delivers EC135 to Finnair Helicopters

Eurocopter Canada delivers EC135 to Finnair Helicopters

Finnair Helicopters’ EC135 will be based in Naramata, British Columbia The EC135 will be supporting a variety of hydro missions across the province including; line inspection, vegetation surveys, construction/repair and environmental patrol. “The helicopter industry is continually evolving and the selection of the EC135 allows us to be ahead of the curve in terms of… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 10-Sep-13

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Short-term solution keeps Whistler EMS helipad open for summer

Short-term solution keeps Whistler EMS helipad open for summer

A short-term compromise has been reached that will allow the Whistler Health Care Centre’s helipad to remain open until the fall.  see full story

Source: Pique, 03-Jul-13

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Eagles Pass Heliskiing plans expansion with new lodge

Eagles Pass Heliskiing plans expansion with new lodge

An application has been filed with the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District to re-zone the property to allow the construction of an 11-bedroom, 669 square-metre (7,200 square-foot) heli-skiing lodge. see full story

Source: Revelstoke Times Review, 26-Jun-13

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Bai­ley Heli­copters installs an ELITE S623 AATD

Bai­ley Heli­copters installs an ELITE S623 AATD

Bai­ley Heli­copters Ltd. recently installed an ELITE Evo­lu­tion S623 Advanced Avi­a­tion Train­ing Device (AATD) Heli­copter Sim­u­la­tor at the Fort Saint John, British Colum­bia, Canada loca­tion.  The single-turbine Euro­copter ASTAR 350B flight sim­u­la­tor will enhance the abil­ity to take the safety and ser­vice to new heights with the lat­est pilot and crew train­ing. The sim­u­la­tor train­ing… Read more »

Source: Elite Simulation Solutions, 25-Jun-13

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Whistler Health Care Centre’s helipad facing closure – again

Whistler Health Care Centre’s helipad facing closure – again

Transport Canada says it’s considering suspending operations because vehicles and pedestrians have failed to observe traffic laws requiring them to stop while helicopters are landing or taking off. – see full story

Source: Pique, 13-Jun-13

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Coldstream Helicopters move to new hangar at Vernon Airport

Coldstream Helicopters move to new hangar at Vernon Airport

Construction on the hangar began last June, and it is now being used to house the company’s growing fleet of helicopters, its maintenance shop, as well offices, a meeting room, and a “tech” room with security equipment including video cameras. (see full story)

Source: Vernon Morning Star, 10-Jun-13

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Transwest Helicopters Expands Into Northern BC

Transwest Helicopters Expands Into Northern BC

Transwest Helicopters Ltd., who in October 2011 relocated from the Chilliwack, BC, airport to a larger facility at the Oliver, BC, airport, is pleased to announce that the company has expanded its operations again to include offices in Vancouver, BC, and Terrace, BC. “With this expansion, we hope to collaborate with local businesses and provide… Read more »

Source: Transwest Helicopters, 28-May-13

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Helijet Expands B.C. Central Coast Presence

Helijet Expands B.C. Central Coast Presence

Richmond-based Helijet International continues to firmly develop its presence in the Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii region of British Columbia’s North Coast. Helijet announced it has secured four-year air service agreements with two significant BC sport fishing lodges located in the Whale Channel and Caamano Sound regions of the Central Coast of British Columbia. Together,… Read more »

Source: Helijet International, 02-May-13

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British Columbia’s Air Ambulance audit raises questions

British Columbia’s Air Ambulance audit raises questions

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today called on B.C. political parties to review air ambulance service in the province and support a transition to a cheaper, not-for-profit model in their election platforms. On Thursday, B.C. Auditor General John Doyle released a report on the air ambulance service, finding that “the B.C. Ambulance Service is unable… Read more »

Source: Canadian Taxpayers Federation, 26-Mar-13

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Northern Health launches helipad review process for Fort St. John

Northern Health launches helipad review process for Fort St. John

Northern Health, working with the British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS), has engaged a third party facilitator to lead a review of the case for a helipad near the Fort St. John Hospital. At present, some patients are brought by helicopter from remote locations directly to the Fort St. John Airport. They are then moved by ground ambulance to… Read more »

Source: Northern Health, 11-Mar-13

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SkyTrac Systems to exhibit at the Mineral Exploration Roundup 2013

SkyTrac Systems to exhibit at the Mineral Exploration Roundup 2013

SkyTrac Systems will be exhibiting at the Mineral Exploration Roundup 2013 from January 28th-31st at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. Roundup is the world’s premier technical mineral exploration conference presented by the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia. Roundup will bring together organizations and people representing all components of the global mineral exploration and mining… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac Systems, 27-Jan-13

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Paramedic union opposes helicopter service

Paramedic union opposes helicopter service

“a trauma surgeon flying around in a helicopter, but it just doesn’t sound very realistic or geared towards patient care,” says the provincial president of the Ambulance Paramedics of BC (see full story)

Source: Prince George Citizen, 04-Jan-13

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Kootenay Valley Helicopters adds AS350B3e

Kootenay Valley Helicopters adds AS350B3e

On December 14, 2012, Eurocopter Canada delivered an AS350 B3e to Kootenay Valley Helicopters to assist with utility missions throughout British Columbia. “”The selection of an AS350 B3e was easy. Acquiring quality aircraft satisfies our customers as well as, helping us reach our goals of advancement in the industry” said Wendell Maki, Owner and Chief… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 17-Dec-12

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Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing kicks off its 37th season

Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing kicks off its 37th season

Another season kicks off at Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing! Our guides have been out in the tenure all week, checking on the conditions and doing the final set up as we prepare to open our doors for our 37th year of operations this weekend. Today’s report confirmed 250cm of settled snow at treeline (1800 metres)… Read more »

Source: Selkirk Tangiers, 11-Dec-12

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Heli Skiing – Easy Access – What it Means to You

Heli Skiing – Easy Access – What it Means to You

Many heli skiing operators out there are offering Easy Access, but what does that really mean? Some of the worlds best skiing is accessed only by helicopter in the remote regions of British Columbia, Canada. Heli ski lodges are spotted all over the province and some are easier to get to than others, so getting… Read more »

Source: Northern Escape Heli-Skiing, 29-Nov-12

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