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22-May-17 N207CH Airbus AS350B2 Herbert Glacier, US-Alaska

Landing accident on a glacier.  No injuries to 7 POB

22-May-17

20-May-17 N778TL Robinson R66 Canon City, US-Colorado

20-May-17 N778TL Robinson R66 Canon City, US-Colorado

Close to company base, helicopter landed upright, but with main blades slicing the tail boom off close to the tail rotor

20-May-17

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New Helicopter Tours Announced in Costa Rica

New Helicopter Tours Announced in Costa Rica

Nature Air was established in 1986 when the small regional airline was purchased by Alex Khajavi and this year celebrated thirty years of service. Now Nature Air Vacations, a division of Nature Air announce new heli tours of Costa Rica. Several options are available, all departing from Tobias Bolaños Airport in San Jose offering a… Read more »

Source: Nature Air Vacations, 27-Feb-17

Huangling Turns into a Golden Field of Seasonal Wonder as Spring Arrives

Huangling Turns into a Golden Field of Seasonal Wonder as Spring Arrives

Visitors to the exquisite Chinese countryside village of Huangling in Wuyuan County, Jiangxi Province are in for an extra-special treat this year as its famous rapeseed flower has bloomed 20 days early. Spring weather has arrived earlier than expected in the Year of Rooster, so the rapeseed flowers that usually blossom in late March are… Read more »

Source: Wuyuan Rural Culture Development, 27-Feb-17

GSL Aviation Acquires Airlie Beach Helipad

GSL Aviation Acquires Airlie Beach Helipad

Airlie Beach Helipad’s helicopter operations will now be taken over by GSL Aviation. GSL offers more variety for guests to choose from with new helicopter tour products for the company. Working together they aim to provide service “at the highest professional standard” reports Daily Mercury. GSL is keeping the existing staff, where they will be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

Helicopter Tours for Waco

Helicopter Tours for Waco

Night Flight Concepts has begun BlueSky Helicopter Tours in Waco, Texas. Adam Aldous, Night Flight President, is excited about the tours and what it can offer for tourism in Waco. “This is a chance to expose them to a different view, literally, of where they are,” reports Aldous. A six month permit was unanimously granted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-16

20 Year Anniversary for Maverick

20 Year Anniversary for Maverick

Brenda and Greg Rochna, the owners of Maverick are happy to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary this year. Maverick is one of the top class helicopter tours, taking customers through the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and the Vegas Strip. Brenda and Greg have worked hard and honestly to make the company what it is today…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Oct-16

Ngai Tahu Tourism Purchases Queenstown Helicopter Business

Ngai Tahu Tourism Purchases Queenstown Helicopter Business

Ngai Tahu Tourism recently bought Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters. Ngai Tahu plans to use the well-known business to offer top class scenic tours, make connections within the industry and enhancing the experience customers receive, reports Stuff. The new acquisition allows Ngai Tahu to work from Queenstown to Glenorchy and even Franz Josef.

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Oct-16

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Arguments Over Helicopter Tours

Arguments Over Helicopter Tours

Orange County commissioners are arguing the proposal of helicopter tours near The Orlando Eye. The objections were based around the safety issues of flying near the 400 ft. wheel, near theme parks and the noise it would make around the neighbouring residential area, reports Orlando Sentinel. A counter argument is being made over how measures… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Oct-16

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New Heliport for Hoover Dam Lodge and Papillon

New Heliport for Hoover Dam Lodge and Papillon

A new helipad was opened by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters at the Hoover Dam Lodge and Casino. The new helipad hopes to bring in more tourists, as it has more exposure to drive-by tourists. As reported by The Review Journal, the president of the company Geoff Edlund is expecting 20 000 people to board their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Sep-16

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Introduction of Helicopter Tourism to Kodaikanal Hills

Introduction of Helicopter Tourism to Kodaikanal Hills

The state government of India has received a proposal to introduce helicopter tourism to Kodaikanal Hills. In the proposal, Minister for Forests, C. Seenivasan has said that they have found a suitable site near Vilpatti and are currently studying to see whether it would be feasible. Studies include the monitoring of animal migration patterns. The elephants’… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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Maverick Helicopters partners with Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

Maverick Helicopters partners with Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

Maverick Helicopters partners with Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas to introduce the Natural Wonders Experience, an exclusive, luxury helicopter flight and culinary experience featuring remote Grand Canyon and Valley of Fire landings. “We are thrilled to provide this exclusive helicopter experience to guests at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas,” said Bryan Kroten, vice president of… Read more »

Source: Maverick, 18-Aug-16

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Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters opens new Hoover Dam heliport; Adds four tours

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters opens new  Hoover Dam heliport; Adds four tours

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters introduces four brand-new tours, making it easier than ever for guests to have an unforgettable “flightseeing” experience of the world-famous Hoover Dam at an exceptional value. With a new heliport located next to the Hoover Dam Lodge Hotel & Casino on U.S. 93, Papillon now flies guests closer to the dam… Read more »

Source: Papillon, 09-Aug-16

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Paradise Helicopters adds new Maui destination and HAI-APS accreditation

Paradise Helicopters adds new Maui destination and HAI-APS accreditation

Paradise is the first helicopter company to provide air tours, charters and inter-island transits to the Ko Olina area, home of the Four Seasons Resort Oahu and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, via the Kalaeloa Airport, a short shuttle ride away. The 90-minute tour, which is the only flight to take guests on a… Read more »

Source: Paradise, 20-Jul-16

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South Beach Helicopters adds AS350B2 to fleet of Robinsons

South Beach Helicopters adds AS350B2 to fleet of Robinsons

South Beach Helicopters has acquired a 1987-build Airbus Helicopters AS350 B2 AStar helicopter that will be used in the company’s growing tourism and charter flights business. “This is a progression of our business that will allow us to better meet the needs of our VIP clients,” said Lisa Landsman, President, pilot and owner of the… Read more »

Source: South Beach Helicopters, 12-Jul-16

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Chicago Helicopter Experience adds EC130

Chicago Helicopter Experience adds EC130

Chicago Helicopter Experience (CHE) has taken delivery of an EC130 from Airbus Helicopters, where it was previously a demonstrator aircraft.  The 2004-build helicopter currently remains in the white and dark blue Airbus house colours.  With this acquisition, CHE becomes the first helicopter tour provider in Chicago to incorporate the Airbus Helicopters aircraft into its fleet…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jul-16

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Maverick Helicopters develops Hawaii tours with rainforest landing option

Maverick Helicopters develops Hawaii tours with rainforest landing option

Maverick Helicopters is now offering Maui’s first-ever air and landing Hana Rainforest Experience. The 75-minute excursion is unlike any other in Hawaii. Maverick Helicopters uses several acres of remote Hana Rainforest landscape, which has been untouched for decades, for guests to experience the authentic beauty of Maui and to promote conservation of the beautiful island…. Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 06-Jul-16

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New heliport proposed in Yonkers suburb of New York

New heliport proposed in Yonkers suburb of New York

Helicopter Flight Services (HFS), who fly Bell 407s and Airbus H130s, is reportedly buying waterfront proprerty on the east bank of the Hudson River in the Yonkers suburb of New York. They are looking at creating a floating heliport in an industrial zone between the Domino Sugar refinery and a sewage treatment plant. HFS met… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-May-16

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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

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High Tide Helicopters battle residents to start tours at Carolina Beach

High Tide Helicopters battle residents to start tours at Carolina Beach

High Tide Helicopters would like to start helicopter rides in a Robinson R44 from Carolina Beach in North Carolina, and believe they have sufficient business from visitors to the area to substantiate one mid-week day of flying per week between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year.  So that’s 16 days flying per year. High… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-May-16

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Maverick Helicopters wins Best Air Tour award for 7th year running

Maverick Helicopters wins Best Air Tour award for 7th year running

Maverick Helicopters took home its seventh consecutive award for Best Air Tour from the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s (SNHCA) Concierge Choice Awards. The company was honored during a ceremony on Sunday, May 1. The SNHCA is an association of professional hotel concierges dedicated to providing the highest level of service possible in Las Vegas…. Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 03-May-16

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No helicopter rides in North Myrtle Beach, for now

No helicopter rides in North Myrtle Beach, for now

A helicopter operator has withdrawn plans to offer tourist rides in North Myrtle Beach and is not pursuing court mediation to overturn two rejections by the city’s board of zoning appeals, but that doesn’t mean it’s a dead deal.  See full story

Source: Myrtle Beach Online, 28-Apr-16

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Maverick Aviation Group holds big PR event with local school

Maverick Aviation Group holds big PR event with local school

Rancho High School’s aviation maintenance students were given the experience of a lifetime on Friday, April 8 as they received an all-access look at Maverick Aviation Group’s corporate headquarters, as well as interacted with pilots and maintenance technicians. The behind-the-scenes tour kicked off as Bryan Kroten, vice president of marketing at Maverick Aviation Group, welcomed… Read more »

Source: Maverick, 12-Apr-16

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Maverick marks first year in Maui with two new tours

Maverick marks first year in Maui with two new tours

In honor of Maverick Helicopters’ first anniversary in Maui, Hawaii, the award-winning aviation company will launch two new flights on Friday, April 1. The unique excursions, one that offers a breathtaking sunset flight over Maui, Molokai and Lanai and another that allows locals and visitors alike to adventure over the North Shore of Maui, are… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 01-Apr-16

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Guangxi Diwang Group signs for ten Bell 525s

Guangxi Diwang Group signs for ten Bell 525s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today a signed letter of intent with Guangxi Diwang Group for 10 Bell 525 Relentless super-medium helicopters. Guangxi Diwang Group will use the Bell 525s for tourism and search-and-rescue missions. Guangxi Diwang Group is a Commercial Development and Real Estate Investor. “After learning more about the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Mar-16

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Helicopter tours to start 12 March over Hyderabad

Helicopter tours to start 12 March over Hyderabad

Enthusiasts can have a bird’s eye view of the city with the Telangana government giving permission to two aviation companies  ‘Atom Aviation Services and Indwell Aviation Private Limited’ to offer helicopter rides. See Full Story

Source: Deccan Chronicle, 22-Feb-16

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North Myrtle Beach tour operator seeks court mediation

North Myrtle Beach tour operator seeks court mediation

A company that was twice denied approval to offer helicopter rides in North Myrtle Beach is n’t giving up just yet. See Full Story

Source: Myrtle Beach Online., 04-Feb-16

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OFFICIAL – Downtown Manhattan HP tour flights to halve

OFFICIAL – Downtown Manhattan HP tour flights to halve

Council Members Carlos Menchaca, Helen Rosenthal, and Margaret Chin have been instrumental in pushing forward new legislation, and were co-sponsors of the calls for restrictions of tourist helicopter flights taking off and landing at Downtown Manhattan Heliport. That legislation was given a hearing last November by the Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection. On Monday 1st… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-16

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Goa tourist flights go ahead, despite protests

Goa tourist flights go ahead, despite protests

The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) and Pawan Hans will not buckle under any pressure and will go ahead with heli-tourism by formally inaugurating the same in the first week of February at the helipad at Aguada despite the fresh round of protest held by the locals on Sunday over the helicopter joyrides planned by… Read more »

Source: The Navhind Times, 02-Feb-16

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Pawan Hans to start Mumbai air tours with LongRanger

Pawan Hans to start Mumbai air tours with LongRanger

In a new year offering from the government, Mumbaikars and tourists can now get a spectacular aerial view of the city’s unique cityscape with Maharashtra government launching “Mumbai Darshan” helicopter flights from next week. See Full Story

Source: Nyoooz, 04-Jan-16

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Tour Operators Program of Safety Celebrates 20 years

Tour Operators Program of Safety Celebrates 20 years

The prestigious Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS) celebrates 20 years of increased helicopter tour safety in 2016. Founded by a group of competing tour operators with the joint goal of increasing the safety and positive public perception of flight-seeing operations, TOPS is the industry’s first sector-specific safety program and continues to be the only… Read more »

Source: TOPS, 17-Dec-15

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Sundance Helicopters again fly veterans on Salute to the Troops week

Sundance Helicopters again fly veterans on Salute to the Troops week

Sundance Helicopters, the longest running helicopter tour operator in Las Vegas, created a memorable Veterans Day week for more than 75 wounded service members by taking them, their caregivers, family members, friends, and supporters on a helicopter tour of the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, Nov. 15. This excursion was part of the 7th annual… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 18-Nov-15

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Chicago Helicopter Experience launches holiday lights tours

Chicago Helicopter Experience launches holiday lights tours

Chicago’s premier helicopter tour and transportation company, Chicago Helicopter Experience (CHE), is taking holiday lights in Chicago to new heights. Now, for the first time in Chicago, CHE is offering Holiday Lights Helicopter Tours. The tours are the most unique and extraordinary way to view the festive light displays throughout the city…from 1,200 feet in… Read more »

Source: Chicago Helicopter Experience, 11-Nov-15

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Tour Operators Program of Safety founder honored

Tour Operators Program of Safety founder honored

Helicopter industry legend Elling Halvorson was honored last weekend during the Museum of Flight’s 34th Annual Pathfinder Awards. Every year the Seattle-based museum honors Northwest visionaries that have made significant contributions to the development of the aerospace industry. Halvorson received the prestigious Pathfinder Award alongside former Boeing CEO Alan Mulally and the late NASA astronaut… Read more »

Source: Tops, 10-Nov-15

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North Korea to offer Mi-17 helicopter tours of capital Pyongyang

North Korea to offer Mi-17 helicopter tours of capital Pyongyang

North Korea will offer helicopter sightseeing tours of its capital, Pyongyang, starting from this month, tourist agencies specializing in trips to the isolated country told Reuters on Thursday. See Full Story

Source: Channel News Asia, 09-Nov-15

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Playstudios enters exclusive contract with Maverick Helicopters

Playstudios enters exclusive contract with Maverick Helicopters

Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, launches an exclusive partnership with PLAYSTUDIOS to offer real-world experiences through the developer’s myVEGAS Slots and myVEGAS Blackjack applications. Players are now able to redeem loyalty points for a wide range of Maverick Helicopters excursions in Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Maui, Hawaii. “PLAYSTUDIOS’ partnership… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 30-Oct-15

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Air Tour Operators Meet with HAI in San Diego

Air Tour Operators Meet with HAI in San Diego

HAI executive and senior staff met for two days late last week with 55 representatives of the air tour industry in San Diego. The first day brought together members of HAI’s helicopter tour operators’ committee. Day Two was a meeting of the Tour Operators Program of Safety. The agenda for both groups was similar, and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 26-Oct-15

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Chicago Helicopter Experience Launches CHE Premier Charter Service

Chicago Helicopter Experience Launches CHE Premier Charter Service

Chicago’s premier helicopter tour and transportation company, Chicago Helicopter Experience (CHE), today announced the launch of their new charter service, CHE Premier. Operating out of their own downtown heliport, CHE Premier provides the ultimate, hassle-free charter experience that is all about luxury and speed. Flights to Midwest destinations are available 24/7 on Chicago’s most modern… Read more »

Source: CHE, 22-Oct-15

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Court says Papillon Helicopters must pay $700K in back tax

Court says Papillon Helicopters must pay $700K in back tax

Facing a new Arizona Supreme Court ruling, Gov. Doug Ducey is finally going to allow the Department of Revenue to collect taxes owed to the state from a helicopter tour business. See Full Story

Source: Az Capitol Times, 25-Sep-15

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Pawan Hans to maintain Tirupati Joy Ride

Pawan Hans to maintain Tirupati Joy Ride

The Pawan Hans Limited, a Government of India Enterprise, is roped in to operate the AP Tourism’s heli-tourism project ‘Tirupati Joy Ride’ scheduled to take off on September 16. See Full Story

Source: The Hindu, 08-Sep-15

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Colombia looking into helipad near Lost City site

Colombia looking into helipad near Lost City site

A tourism operator is talking to Colombia’s national authorities to see if it is possible to build a helicopter pad near the Lost City, ancient pre-Columbian ruins that now require a six-day trek to visit. See Full Story

Source: Colombia Reporters, 03-Sep-15

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Maverick Helicopters Invests Nearly $2 Million in Ground Transportation

Maverick Helicopters Invests Nearly $2 Million in Ground Transportation

Maverick Helicopters has invested nearly $2 million to upgrade its entire ground transportation fleet to limo coaches, offering Las Vegas guests a luxury experience beyond just takeoff to touchdown. Combining a limousine-style configuration with generous group seating capabilities, the new limo coaches have the VIP flair of Las Vegas while providing a more spacious interior… Read more »

Source: Maverick, 03-Sep-15

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HNZ announces new VP and CFO appointment

HNZ announces new VP and CFO appointment

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ.A, HNZ.B) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today the appointment of Matthew Wright as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Wright, formerly Manager of Investor Relations and Financial Analysis, has been with the Corporation since January 2014. Mr. Wright holds a Masters… Read more »

Source: HNZ Group, 28-Aug-15

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Latest helicopter tour gimmick – shoe selfies

Latest helicopter tour gimmick – shoe selfies

A helicopter company that straps its guests in, opens the doors and allows them to behave like extreme aerial photographers above two of the world’s greatest cities, has spawned a new phenomenon in the form of the dangling shoe selfie. See Full Story

Source: Telegraph, 13-Aug-15

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‘Sex Slave’ assistant sues Zip Aviation boss

‘Sex Slave’ assistant sues Zip Aviation boss

The owner of Manhattan helicopter tour company Zip Aviation turned his comely assistant into his “sex slave” — regularly forcing himself on her while she lived on an air mattress in a company apartment, court papers charge. See full story HeliHub.com notes that the assistant, named in the article as Katharina Roelcke, has a Twitter… Read more »

Source: NY Post, 12-Aug-15

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Aberta Dinosaur Museum premiers helicopter tours

Aberta Dinosaur Museum premiers helicopter tours

Leading up to the September 3rd soft opening, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum will begin offering helicopter tours from August 5th throughout the summer over one of the world’s densest dinosaur bone-bed sites. The tours will showcase stunning aerial views of the museum, Pipestone Creek and Wapiti River, snaking through heavily wooded terrain to the mass gravesite of… Read more »

Source: Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, 06-Aug-15

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Police investigate threatening letter sent to Suncoast Helicopters

Police investigate threatening letter sent to Suncoast Helicopters

A Rye man’s decision to send a letter to the owner of Seacoast Helicopters has resulted in him becoming the focus of a police investigation, according to Police Sgt. Chris Roth. See full story

Source: Seacoastonline, 23-Jul-15

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Hillsboro starts tour operations in Arizona

Hillsboro starts tour operations in Arizona

Hillsboro Aviation is excited to announce the launch of a helicopter tour operation in Sedona, Arizona. The operation, called Hillsboro Aviation – Sedona, offers helicopter tours over Sedona’s most famous landmarks and is one of the only tour operators to partner with the Forest Service to provide employee training on the geological, biological and archaeological… Read more »

Source: Hillsboro Aviation, 13-Jul-15

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New York Councilman drafting bill to ban all NYC tourist flights

New York Councilman drafting bill to ban all NYC tourist flights

The City Council is preparing a bill to ban helicopter tourism from the five boroughs, saying the flights are so noisy their wings should be permanently clipped. See full story

Source: NY Daily News, 10-Jul-15

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Wings Air Helicopters launches Atlantic City tour JV

Wings Air Helicopters launches Atlantic City tour JV

The experience begins with a private helicopter flight for two people from New York City (Midtown Manhattan) to Atlantic City International Airport. Travelers will be picked up from the West 30th Street Heliport and land in Atlantic City just an hour later, skipping all traffic. A luxury sedan will be waiting to take the couples… Read more »

Source: Wings Air Helicopters, 08-Jul-15

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Sundance implements FAA safety action programs

Sundance implements FAA safety action programs

Sundance Helicopters recently became the nation’s first helicopter tour operator and Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS) member to implement the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) and Maintenance Safety Action Program (MSAP).  ASAP and MSAP are voluntary, self-reporting programs designed to identify and reduce safety concerns. “We are proud to participate… Read more »

Source: Sundance, 03-Jul-15

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Helicopter New York City funds meals for Manhattan homeless

Helicopter New York City funds meals for Manhattan homeless

Helicopter New York City, a helicopter tour company based out of New York, funds the distribution of food, drink and community well-being to the homeless in midtown Manhattan each weekend. Helicopter New York City has been involved in the Bagels 4 the Hungry initiative since its inception over three years ago. Bagels 4 the Hungry… Read more »

Source: Helicopter New York City, 02-Jul-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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Maverick Helicopters sets record 300,000 EC130 flight hours, and orders eight more

Maverick Helicopters sets record 300,000 EC130 flight hours, and orders eight more

Maverick Helicopters, based in Las Vegas, Nev., continues to expand its all-Airbus Helicopters fleet. Maverick Helicopters took delivery of five EC130 T2s in 2014 and has ordered eight for delivery in 2015. The EC130 fleet serves Maverick Helicopters’ Las Vegas and Grand Canyon tour business. In February the company became the first to achieve 300,000… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

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Papillon to unveil gold EC130T2 to celebrate 50th anniversary

Papillon to unveil gold EC130T2 to celebrate 50th anniversary

Attendees at the HAI (Helicopter Association International) HELI-EXPO 2015, the world’s largest helicopter exposition and trade show, will be among the first to see Papillon Group’s “Golden Helicopter,” created to celebrate the company’s 50th golden anniversary. The show will take place Tuesday, March 3 through Thursday, March 5. This occasion provides a rare opportunity to… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Mar-15

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Zip Aviation Launches Helicopter Charter Website

Zip Aviation Launches Helicopter Charter Website

HelicopterCharterNYC.com was launched today by Zip Aviation to fill a growing need for faster, more affordable transportation to New York’s most popular vacation getaways. The site offers specials such as $99 one-way flights to Manhattan and unique vacation experience packages such as spas, vineyards, resorts and romantic getaways. Zip Aviation, New York’s leading helicopter charter… Read more »

Source: Zip Aviation, 24-Feb-15

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Helicopter tours launched in Vietnamese city of Danang

Helicopter tours launched in Vietnamese city of Danang

Director of the VNH Central Pham Ngoc Diep said a 15-minute trip in an EC 130T2  around Danang City, departing from Nuoc Man Airport to Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains) and Linh Ung pagoda and returning to Nuoc Man Airport will cost VND2.5 million ($111) – See full story

12-Feb-15

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Pakistan – Helicopter tours launched in Karachi

Pakistan – Helicopter tours launched in Karachi

Princely Jets, the country’s only private jet and helicopter charter company, launched a ‘City Helicopter Tour’ service here on Tuesday. See Full Story

Source: Pakistan Today, 17-Dec-14

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Zip Aviation orders Bell 407GX

Zip Aviation orders Bell 407GX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced a signed agreement with Zip Aviation for the sale of a Bell 407GX to be used for corporate transportation, charters, tours, transfers and aerial surveys. The aircraft will be equipped with a Quiet Cruise™ kit for reduced noise levels in cruise flight. “The Bell 407GX is perfect for our corporate… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Oct-14

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03-Oct-14 N409TD Bell 407 New York, US-New York

Bird strike, penetrating the windshield, which shattered – causing only minor injury to the front-seat passenger.  Note – wrongly reported elsewhere as N410TD.  N409TD confirmed by FAA report and this news story which refers to the ATC call “zero nine tango delta”.  pilot made an emergency landing at the West 30th St. HP

03-Oct-14

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Grand Canyon Helicopters’ Launches New Tour For Fall

Grand Canyon Helicopters’ Launches New Tour For Fall

Grand Canyon Helicopters is getting ready for fall 2014 with a slate of fresh, new flights that are sure to please travelers taking off from Las Vegas and South Rim, AZ. “It was an incredible summer for flying the Canyon,” said Keith Kravitz, owner of Grand Canyon Helicopters. “Fall will be equally brilliant, especially because… Read more »

Source: GCH, 16-Sep-14

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Over 500 attend public meetings over New York helicopter noise

Over 500 attend public meetings over New York helicopter noise

Residents from three East End communities voted with their feet Monday and Tuesday, when more than 500 people attended three public meetings to stop low-flying aircraft from buzzing over their homes.     See Full Story

Source: The Suffolk Times, 18-Aug-14

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Sen. Menendez calls for ban of Hudson River tourist helicopters

Sen. Menendez calls for ban of Hudson River tourist helicopters

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today joined local residents and officials to decry the proliferation of helicopter traffic over the Hudson River and call for an outright ban of tourist choppers threatening the quality of life and public safety of residents living along the waterfront.  The coalition of electeds fighting for a ban includes members… Read more »

Source: Senator Menendez, 11-Aug-14

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Bird’s eye view: Xiamen adds new helicopter for helicopter tourism

Bird’s eye view: Xiamen adds new helicopter for helicopter tourism

According to a press conference held on August 2nd, a new helicopter was introduced for helicopter sightseeing in Xiamen. The new tourism attraction was launched last year for 1,880 yuan (about US $298) per person per ride, 930 yuan more than the current price. “See Full Story“

Source: What's On Xiamen, 07-Aug-14

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25-Jul-14 N154GC Eurocopter EC130 Boulder City, US-Colorado

During hover taxi to land, made contact with fixed wing DHC-6 N190GC taxiing on taxiway for departure.  Extensively damaged

25-Jul-14

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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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03-Jul-14 N832PA Airbus AS350B3 Winnemucca, US-Nevada

Heavy landing during sling-load operations for Bureau of Land Management.  Level of damage not known.

03-Jul-14

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Helicopter tour operator gets six month extension from Port Canaveral

Helicopter tour operator gets six month extension from Port Canaveral

Mark Grainger has received a six-month extension of his permit to operate helicopter tours from Port Canaveral. But he’s not totally in the clear yet to be a permanent tenant of the port.  See full story

Source: Florida Today, 24-Jun-14

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Maverick Helicopters wins best tour company award for fifth year

Maverick Helicopters wins best tour company award for fifth year

Maverick Helicopters has won the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s best tour company award for the fifth straight year. See full story

Source: Las Vegas R-J, 13-May-14

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Big increase in spring/summer bookings at Grand Canyon Helicopters

Big increase in spring/summer bookings at Grand Canyon Helicopters

Grand Canyon Helicopters, a Las Vegas-based provider of National Park tour and travel information, is reporting a significant spike in spring tour bookings and is expecting that to increase as summer approaches. “Spring travel to the Grand Canyon is really taking off,” said Keith Kravitz, owner of Grand Canyon Helicopters. “Every kind of trip is… Read more »

Source: Grand Canyon Helicopters, 06-May-14

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USHST Releases New Helicopter Accident Analysis

USHST Releases New Helicopter Accident Analysis

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), has completed a comprehensive follow-up report to its initial helicopter accident analysis released in 2011. This new report analyzes U.S. civil helicopter accidents that occurred in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and compares them to the previous analysis that looked at accidents that occurred in 2000, 2001, and 2006…. Read more »

Source: USHST, 07-Apr-14

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Tour operator Timberview Helicopters forced to move site again

Tour operator Timberview Helicopters forced to move site again

A helicopter tour company in Destin is now operating out of its third location in two years.  See full story

Source: WEAR-TV, 31-Mar-14

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Sundance Helicopters unveils EC130T2 and new logo

Sundance Helicopters unveils EC130T2 and new logo

Sundance Helicopters unveiled their new EC130T2s and newly designed Sundance Helicopters brand identity during an event held last week in Las Vegas – See full story

Source: Las Vegas Informer, 26-Mar-14

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Broome Helicopter Services to face court for allegedly underpaying pilots

Broome Helicopter Services to face court for allegedly underpaying pilots

It is alleged two pilots employed by Broome Helicopter Services were underpaid $4910 and $10,186 respectively over a six-month period in 2012.  See full story

Source: Herald Sun, 20-Mar-14

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Maverick Helicopters continues fleet upgrade by adding EC130T2s

Maverick Helicopters continues fleet upgrade by adding EC130T2s

Maverick Helicopters continues to grow its Grand Canyon and Las Vegas tour business with the addition of Airbus Helicopters EC130 T2s to its aircraft fleet. Maverick, based in Henderson, Nev., is upgrading its all-Airbus Helicopters fleet. The company, which operates a fleet of 34 EC130 B4s, signed an agreement in 2012 to purchase up to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

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