Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

Papillon Named #1 Helicopter Tour by USA Today

Papillon Named #1 Helicopter Tour by USA Today

22-Jun-2021Source: Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters is on a roll! For the second consecutive year, USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice voted Papillon No. 1 in the 2021 travel award contest for Best Helicopter Tour in North America. A panel of travel industry experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees and then the top 10... Read more

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters restarts West Rim Grand Canyon tours

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters restarts West Rim Grand Canyon tours

20-Nov-2020Source: Grand Canyon Resort Corporation

Grand Canyon West and Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters welcomes back aerial and pontoon tours. The West Rim offers the unique opportunity for guests to explore the Grand Canyon by air and by land. Guests begin the adventure by flying via helicopter below the rim of the Canyon where they will land and board pontoons to... Read more

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters receives two FAA Diamond Awards

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters receives two FAA Diamond Awards

12-Mar-2020Source: Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, the world’s largest and longest-running helicopter tour company, is the recipient of two Diamond Awards from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for excellence in maintenance and compliance. Founded in 1991, the FAA Diamond Awards are considered the highest industry honors within the William O’Brien Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Awards program. (Click... Read more

Safran signs by-the-hour support contracts with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Rainier Heli International

Safran signs by-the-hour support contracts with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Rainier Heli International

19-Apr-2018Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contracts with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Rainier Heli International, covering engines powering the operators’ H125 and H130 fleets. Each contract formalizes a seven year Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement supporting a total of 16 Arriel 2D engines for Papillon with an additional three engines added over... Read more

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

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

9-Aug-2016Source: Papillon

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

Papillon names Halvorson third generation to President roles

Papillon names Halvorson third generation to President roles

1-Oct-2015Source: Papillon Group

Papillon Group announces the promotion of third-generation Halvorson family members, Geoff Edlund and Jake Tomlin, to new roles within the company. Papillon Group’s Brenda Halvorson, who previously held the dual roles of president and chief executive officer for 22 years, has elevated Edlund to the position of president of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Tomlin... Read more

Papillon to unveil gold EC130T2 to celebrate 50th anniversary

Papillon to unveil gold EC130T2 to celebrate 50th anniversary

1-Mar-2015Source: Airbus

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

18-May-14 N840PA Eurocopter AS350B3 Peach Springs, US-Arizona (1F)

18-May-14 N840PA Eurocopter AS350B3 Peach Springs, US-Arizona (1F)

18-May-2014

After landing, the pilot exited the running helicopter; shortly thereafter the helicopter became airborne without the pilot at the flight controls. The helicopter subsequently impacted the ground and rolled over. The pilot was struck by one or more of the main rotor blades and was fatally injured.... Read more

08-Jun-13 N130PH Eurocopter EC130 Grand Canyon, US-Arizona

08-Jun-13 N130PH Eurocopter EC130 Grand Canyon, US-Arizona

8-Jun-2013

The helicopter landed hard and main blades severed the tailboom during a practice engine-out procedure.  2 crew on board, no passengers... Read more

23-Apr-13 N2072M Bell 206L1 Grand Canyon, US-Arizona

23-Apr-13 N2072M Bell 206L1 Grand Canyon, US-Arizona

23-Apr-2013

Substantially damaged in landing accident.  Although this is a tour helicopter, only two flight crew were on board, no passengers  ... Read more

Air tour industry meets with members of Congress

Air tour industry meets with members of Congress

28-Feb-2013Source: HAI

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Maverick Helicopters joined Ann Carroll, HAI’s vice president of government affairs, for two days of meetings on Capitol Hill this week with Members of Congress from Arizona and Nevada to discuss air tour industry concerns related to incentives for quiet aircraft technology and air tour operations over Grand Canyon National... Read more

Papillon Completes IS-BAO Registration

Papillon Completes IS-BAO Registration

22-Oct-2012Source: HAI

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters is proud to announce that they have completed IS-BAO (International Standard for Business Aviation Operations) registration last August and has received their certification September 1st, 2012. Papillon is now looking forward to completing HAI’s new accreditation program which has IS-BAO certification as one of its core requirements. The HAI Accreditation Program (HAI-AP) is... Read more

09-Sep-12 N5745Y Bell 206L.1 Grand Canyon, US-Arizona

09-Sep-12 N5745Y Bell 206L.1 Grand Canyon, US-Arizona

9-Sep-2012

Lost power and forced to land in a field.  Main blades hit tail boom... Read more

Papillon orders 20 EC130T2 helicopters

Papillon orders 20 EC130T2 helicopters

12-Feb-2012Source: American Eurocopter

At today’s launch of Eurocopter’s new EC130 T2 helicopter, American Eurocopter announced that Papillon Helicopters, one of the launch customers for the new line, has placed an order for 20 EC130 T2s. The order is for an initial six EC130 T2 helicopters, with an additional 14 options. Papillon’s fleet includes 19 EC130s and 10 AS350... Read more

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters adopts Softtech’s Flight & Duty Trackerâ„¢ system

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters adopts Softtech’s Flight & Duty Trackerâ„¢ system

30-Jan-2012Source: Softtech

Softtech LLC, the maker of the Flight Vectorâ„¢ family of products, is proud to announce Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters has adopted the Flight & Duty Trackerâ„¢ system into their operations at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and their Las Vegas/Boulder City operations!   Papillon employed Flight & Duty Trackerâ„¢ in early January. Softtech LLC... Read more

Papillon Orders five AS350 B3e helicopters – plus three options

Papillon Orders five AS350 B3e helicopters – plus three options

29-Jun-2011Source: American Eurocopter

Grand Prairie, Texas – American Eurocopter announced today that Papillon Helicopters has placed an order for five AS350 B3e helicopters with options for three more. The aircraft will be used to expand the company’s fleet and will begin a replacement program for some of the company’s older helicopters. “The AS350 B3e showcases Eurocopter’s commitment to... Read more

31-May-11 N2072M Bell 206L.1 Peach Springs, US-Arizona

31-May-11 N2072M Bell 206L.1 Peach Springs, US-Arizona

31-May-2011

Engine cowling opened in flight and struck main rotor blades.  Helicopter landed without further incident.... Read more

11-Mar-11 N130GC Eurocopter EC130 Boulder City, US-Nevada

11-Mar-11 N130GC Eurocopter EC130 Boulder City, US-Nevada

11-Mar-2011

Landed hard during precautionary landing... Read more

Papillon launches Grand Canyon tip site at LifeTips.com

Papillon launches Grand Canyon tip site at LifeTips.com

3-Feb-2011Source: LifeTips.com

The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders and is a must-see vacation destination. Papillon selected LifeTips for content development services as part of a national effort to educate millions of readers on touring the Grand Canyon by land or air. Papillon is now the exclusive sponsor of the Grand Canyon... Read more

Papillon and Embry-Riddle sign new agreement

Papillon and Embry-Riddle sign new agreement

4-Dec-2010Source: Embry-Riddle

A new agreement signed by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, Universal Helicopters, and the Prescott campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will open summer internships for helicopter flight specialty students and potential future flight positions for graduates, announced University President John P. Johnson. Known as a gateway program, the agreement provides for recruiting and interviewing of current... Read more

09-Nov-10 N892PA Eurocopter AS350B2 Grand Canyon, US-Arizona

09-Nov-10 N892PA Eurocopter AS350B2 Grand Canyon, US-Arizona

9-Nov-2010

Tail rotor struck a cactus. Pilot was sole occupant... Read more

HAI Air Tour Operators Visit Washington

HAI Air Tour Operators Visit Washington

19-May-2010Source: HAI

On Tuesday, May 18, 2010 commercial air tour operators from Nevada and Alaska visited Washington, D.C. to meet with regulators and lawmakers on topics affecting the air tour industry.  Between meetings the operators took time to attend the AeroClub of Washington’s monthly luncheon at the Capital Hilton. Those in attendance included: Lee Dunn, Legal Counsel... Read more

Interview: Corporate vice president of marketing for the Papillon Group

Interview: Corporate vice president of marketing for the Papillon Group

7-Feb-2010Source: Las Vegas Sun

Robert Graff, corporate vice president of marketing for the Papillon Group — a company composed of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Airlines, Scenic Airlines and Grand Canyon Coaches... Read more

Papillon Airways' New Grand Canyon Tour Options

Papillon Airways' New Grand Canyon Tour Options

20-Jan-2010Source: BizBash

Papillon Airways recently eliminated all of its existing packages in favor of simplified and lower-priced group booking by helicopter, airplane, or bus.... Read more

First Grand Canyon Tour Operator to Adopt TCAS Safety System

First Grand Canyon Tour Operator to Adopt TCAS Safety System

22-Feb-2009Source: Honeywell

Honeywell’s Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) has been selected for the Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters fleet, making the tour operator the first at the scenic park to use a TCAS safety system.... Read more

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