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Blue Hawaiian launches new concierge service

Blue Hawaiian launches new concierge service

3-Feb-2021Source: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has launched a new concierge service, Blue Hawaiian Activities, offering customized activity planning for travelers. As of Monday, Blue Hawaiian Activities operates 19 concierge offices on Maui and Oahu, and the company plans to expand to Kauai and Hawaii Island in the coming months. In addition to offering general resort and island... Read more

27-Oct-20 N58251 MD Helicopters MD500D Nuuanu, US-Hawaii

27-Oct-20 N58251 MD Helicopters MD500D Nuuanu, US-Hawaii

27-Oct-2020

Emergency landing in a ravine after experiencing engine problems.  Helicopter was working for Hawaiian Electric.  Some reports say “hard landing”.  Extent of damage not known. Pilot not injured “A contractor for Hawaiian Electric was transporting material near the Nuuanu Reservoir off Pali Highway when the helicopter lost power and made a hard landing,” according to... Read more

Whistleblower alleges misconduct between FAA Honolulu office and helicopter operator

Whistleblower alleges misconduct between FAA Honolulu office and helicopter operator

12-Feb-2020Source: US Senate

In June of 2019, investigative staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation received information from a whistleblower alleging misconduct by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) managers at the Flight Standards District Office in Honolulu, Hawai’i. This initial whistleblower, an FAA employee, alleged that FAA managers too frequently overrode the recommendations of inspectors,... Read more

Hawaii Air Tour Task Force to Address Safety and Noise

Hawaii Air Tour Task Force to Address Safety and Noise

20-Jan-2020Source: Hawaii Helicopter Association

Stakeholders from Hawaii Helicopter Association (HHA), Hawaii Department of Transportation Airports Division (HDOTA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Helicopter Association International (HAI), elected officials and their representatives, and other industry stakeholders formalized a task force structure today to address safety, noise and other issues related to helicopter and fixed-wing aerial tours. Justin Brooke, HHA President,... Read more

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Named ‘Best Tour Company’ in Hawaii

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Named ‘Best Tour Company’ in Hawaii

18-Jul-2019Source: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Hawaii’s air-tour leader, has been recognized as the winner of “Best Tour Company in Hawaii” by USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Quentin Koch, President and General Manager of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, said of the honor, “I believe we are #1 because we have the very best pilots, staff and equipment, and... Read more

21-Feb-19 N506PH MD Helicopters MD500E Waipio, US-Hawaii

21-Feb-19 N506PH MD Helicopters MD500E Waipio, US-Hawaii

21-Feb-2019

The Fire Department said the crash was a result of engine failure.  FAA report 2 POB with no injuries, while the operator said the unnamed pilot was hospitalized “for further evaluation as a precautionary measure.”  Operator said  in a statement “hard landing … while arriving for a utility flight”... Read more

Paradise Helicopters earns safety accreditation

Paradise Helicopters earns safety accreditation

21-Nov-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Paradise Helicopters has recently received the Helicopter Association International’s accreditation for Corporate and VIP Transport. This includes the well known Accreditation Program of Safety, which ensures a boost in safety culture within the business. Paradise has also added a Bell 430 helicopter to their fleet, which boasts enhanced safety features, reports Big Island Now.... Read more

VMM-363 Dedication Ceremony

VMM-363 Dedication Ceremony

14-Sep-2018Source: US Marine Corps

A dedication ceremony for the arrival of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363 will take place Sept. 21, at their new hangar on Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay. “The arrival of a second MV-22B Osprey squadron to our Hawaii-based Marine Aircraft Group significantly increases our combat capability and allows us to better respond to crises... Read more

Maverick Helicopters has expanded operations to Hawaii’s Kauai

Maverick Helicopters has expanded operations to Hawaii’s Kauai

10-Aug-2018Source: Maverick Helicopters

The expansion comes after three years of successful operations on Maui and will be the sixth permanent location. The breathtaking flights will depart daily from the company’s facility at Port Allen Airport, located along the southern shore of Kauai, minutes away from Poipu, Hawaii. “With the Garden Isle’s awe-inspiring geographical wonders only accessible by air,... Read more

Hawaiian Air Ambulance Merger

Hawaiian Air Ambulance Merger

7-May-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Hawaiian air ambulance services Air Medical Group Holdings and AMR Holdco will be merging soon. This is due to a settlement approve by the Federal Trade Commission. They will also have to sell the air ambulance service AIRMD, reports  Miami Herald.  ... Read more

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Drone Collision

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Drone Collision

19-Feb-2018Source: HeliHub.com

A Kauai tour helicopter of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters was hit by a drone this past Friday. The FAA and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources are investigating into the situation. No injuries occurred to those on-board, with only minor scratches on the belly of the helicopter, reports Drone DJ.... Read more

Formation of Hawaii Helicopter Association

Formation of Hawaii Helicopter Association

5-Feb-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Multiple helicopter operators have joined together from throughout the Hawaii Islands to form the Hawaii Helicopter Association. HHA focuses on aviation practices, improvement of the industry as well as working with the community and state agencies to tackle concerns. It is a non-profit organisation and works with the FAA and State of Hawaii Department of... Read more

Maverick Helicopters Expands Hawaiian Operations to Kauai

Maverick Helicopters Expands Hawaiian Operations to Kauai

16-Jan-2018Source: Maverick Helicopters

Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, will expand operations to Hawaii’s northernmost and oldest island, Kauai, later this year. The expansion comes after nearly three years of successful operations on Maui and will be the sixth permanent location. The breathtaking flights will depart daily from the company’s facility at Port Allen Airport,... Read more

HMLA-367 receives more AH-1Z Vipers in Hawaii

HMLA-367 receives more AH-1Z Vipers in Hawaii

3-Jan-2018Source: US Marine Corps

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 received three upgraded AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters here, Dec. 19, 2017. The AH-1Z aircraft is an updated version of the AH-1W, bringing new capabilities and features into the squadron’s arsenal. “The AH-1Z’s are replacing the AH-1W’s, which are essentially from the 1980’s,”said Marine Corps Capt. Julian Tucker, the squadron’s... Read more

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Voted #1 for 18th Consecutive Year

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Voted #1 for 18th Consecutive Year

25-Sep-2017Source: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

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

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Celebrates World Helicopter Day

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Celebrates World Helicopter Day

18-Aug-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

Maverick Helicopters Expands its Fleet of EC130 ECO-Star Helicopters

Maverick Helicopters Expands its Fleet of EC130 ECO-Star Helicopters

19-Dec-2016Source: Maverick Helicopters

Maverick Helicopters has expanded its fleet of quiet technology helicopters at its Maui, Hawaii location. The fourth EC130 ECO-Star helicopter was transported from Maverick Helicopters’ Las Vegas terminal and has been transitioned into the Maui fleet. Maverick Helicopters operates the world’s largest and youngest fleet of Airbus EC130/H130 ECO-Star aircraft out of four locations: Las... Read more

Three Black Hawks for Hawaii Army National Guard

Three Black Hawks for Hawaii Army National Guard

8-Nov-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Three Black Hawk Medevac helicopters were delivered to the new Hawaii Army National Guard this past Friday. Currently the new Black Hawks are being used for medical evacuation and SAR, and are stationed temporarily at the Wheeler Army Airfield. The Army Aviation Support Facility is helping build a $32.6 million base at Kalaeloa, complete with... Read more

Paradise Helicopters signs Customer Advantage Plan for three Bell 407s

Paradise Helicopters signs Customer Advantage Plan for three Bell 407s

16-Aug-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Bell have announced that Hawaiian tour company Paradise Helicopters has signed its fleet of three Bell 407s for the Customer Advantage Plan (CAP). Paradise is the first helicopter tour company to enroll in this new service solution. Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans offer a fixed-price-per-flight-hour that provides predictable maintenance costs, priority access to parts and... Read more

Paradise Helicopters adds new Maui destination and HAI-APS accreditation

Paradise Helicopters adds new Maui destination and HAI-APS accreditation

20-Jul-2016Source: Paradise

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

Maverick Helicopters develops Hawaii tours with rainforest landing option

Maverick Helicopters develops Hawaii tours with rainforest landing option

6-Jul-2016Source: Maverick Helicopters

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

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters faces lawsuit over hard landing

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters faces lawsuit over hard landing

16-May-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

Hawaii Life Flight EC135 forced to move away from hospital helipad

Hawaii Life Flight EC135 forced to move away from hospital helipad

6-Apr-2016Source: West Hawaii Today

On the expiration of a three year agreement to operate from Hilo Medical Center, Hawaii Health Systems Corp is instead requesting Hawaii Life Flight move its aircraft to the Hilo International Airport.  See full story... Read more

Maverick marks first year in Maui with two new tours

Maverick marks first year in Maui with two new tours

1-Apr-2016Source: Maverick Helicopters

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

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters wins FAA Diamond award for 17th time

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters wins FAA Diamond award for 17th time

18-Feb-2016Source: Blue Hawaiian

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

Oracle billionaire plans helipads at luxury Hawaiian island resorts

Oracle billionaire plans helipads at luxury Hawaiian island resorts

6-Oct-2015Source: BIZ Journals

Billionaire Larry Ellison, who purchased 98 percent of the Hawaiian Island of Lanai several years ago for $300 million, has plans to develop helistop pads at the two luxury Four Seasons resorts that he owns on the Pineapple Island. See Full Story... Read more

Blue Hawaiian Receives FAA Safety Management System Status

Blue Hawaiian Receives FAA Safety Management System Status

19-Jun-2015Source: Air Methods

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

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

30-Apr-2015Source: Blue Hawaiian

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

Hensel Phelps Construction awarded $62M contract for MV-22 hangar facility in Hawaii

Hensel Phelps Construction awarded $62M contract for MV-22 hangar facility in Hawaii

19-Apr-2015Source: US DoD

Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded a $62,493,027 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of a hangar, parking apron, and taxiway to support one MV-22 squadron at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The multi-story modified aircraft maintenance hangar will provide a weather protected shelter for inspection, service and maintenance. The high bay aircraft... Read more

17-Mar-15 N7062F Robinson R22 Ewa Beach, US-Hawaii

17-Mar-15 N7062F Robinson R22 Ewa Beach, US-Hawaii

17-Mar-2015

Pilot made an emergency landing after noticing smoke coming from the engine compartment, 2 POB uninjured – Sources say the pilot, Michael Tepper was on an introductory instructional flight with his passenger, Brandon Ahlo.... Read more

Airbus Helicopters to hold regional customer service symposiums

Airbus Helicopters to hold regional customer service symposiums

3-Mar-2015Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters Inc. will hold six regional Customer Service Symposiums in 2015, expanding the popular program this year to include two additional locations. The events provide an opportunity for operators of Airbus Helicopters to get the latest aircraft safety and technical updates and meet with key company’s customer support personnel. The one-day symposiums begin in... Read more

Cavalry conducts final flight of Kiowa Warriors, case colors

Cavalry conducts final flight of Kiowa Warriors, case colors

23-Jan-2015Source: US Army

It was a bittersweet day for the Soldiers of the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, with the casing of the unit colors in preparation for an operational deployment to the Korea peninsula and a final flight of the Kiowa Warrior helicopters, Jan. 15. “The Kiowa Warrior has called this island home for the past 17... Read more

Jack Harter Helicopters suing Pacific Helicopter Tours

Jack Harter Helicopters suing Pacific Helicopter Tours

29-Oct-2014Source: TGI

A Kauai helicopter company has filed suit in 5th Circuit Court against another flight company for damages that occurred in a recovery operation. See Full Story... Read more

17-Oct-14 N227FT Robinson R22 Kona, US-Hawaii

17-Oct-14 N227FT Robinson R22 Kona, US-Hawaii

17-Oct-2014

Tail rotor struck ground on training flight... Read more

Maverick Helicopters expands to Hawaii in Spring 2015

Maverick Helicopters expands to Hawaii in Spring 2015

9-Oct-2014Source: Maverick

Maverick Helicopters, a division of Maverick Aviation Group, has expanded its roots beyond Nevada and Arizona by unveiling its latest helicopter operation in Maui, Hawaii. The new helicopter expeditions will take flight starting in spring 2015. “We take guests over the Grand Canyon and the famous Las Vegas Strip, two of the U.S.’s most adored... Read more

21-Sep-14 N8375E Robinson R44 Honolulu, US-Hawaii

21-Sep-14 N8375E Robinson R44 Honolulu, US-Hawaii

21-Sep-2014

Hard landing and tail strike... Read more

06-Aug-14 Hamakua, US-Hawaii

06-Aug-14 Hamakua, US-Hawaii

6-Aug-2014

Hawaii County Fire Department helicopter made an emergency landing after an engine failure during a hurricane evacuation mission along the Hamakua coastline.  No damage, no injuries.  The only helicopter registered to Hawaii County Fire Dept is MD500E N911HY (0602E)... Read more

01-Aug-14 N110JC Robinson R44 Honolulu, US-Hawaii

01-Aug-14 N110JC Robinson R44 Honolulu, US-Hawaii

1-Aug-2014

Fell onto its starboard side close to fuel tanks during landing accident.  Pilot John Corboy and his two teenage passengers Dominic Mills-Patrick  and Nic Politsch got out OK  [note FAA data uses UTC date/time of 2nd August.  Accident occurred 1st August local date]... Read more

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

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

18-Jul-2014

Emergency landing after loss of hydraulics... Read more

Hawaii Marines undergo shallow water egress training

Hawaii Marines undergo shallow water egress training

23-Jun-2014Source: US Marine Corps

Marines from various units on Marine Corps Base Hawaii participated in shallow water egress training at the base pool here, June 18, 2014. The training introduced Marines to the gear used to increase their survivability in the event of an over-water aircraft mishap. Personnel from 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment,... Read more

17-Jun-14 N6094H Eurocopter AS350BA Waihee, US-Hawaii

17-Jun-14 N6094H Eurocopter AS350BA Waihee, US-Hawaii

17-Jun-2014

Precautionary field landing, no injuries, after reported mechanical issues.  All six passengers were guests of the Make-A-Wish charity.... Read more

13-Jun-14 N555YE Eurocopter EC135P2+ Lanai, US-Hawaii

13-Jun-14 N555YE Eurocopter EC135P2+ Lanai, US-Hawaii

13-Jun-2014

Safe emergency landing after engine failure... Read more

Evergreen Helicopters awarded $10M option on military EMS contract in Hawaii

Evergreen Helicopters awarded $10M option on military EMS contract in Hawaii

10-Jun-2014Source: US DoD

Evergreen Helicopters, Inc., McMinnville, Oregon, was awarded a $10,672,126 modification (P00008) to contract W91CN-12-D-0002 to exercise option two for service and support for Medical Evacuation for the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is June 22, 2015. Army Contracting Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, is... Read more

US Marines increase presence in Australia

US Marines increase presence in Australia

28-Mar-2014Source: USMC

Service members at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay departed here, March 25, to begin a six-month deployment to Australia’s Northern Territory as part of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin. Approximately 100 Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 (HMH-463) and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24 (MALS-24), as well as four CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters... Read more

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

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

25-Feb-2014Source: Turbomeca

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

25th CAB upgrades to UH-60M and HH-60M Black Hawks

25th CAB upgrades to UH-60M and HH-60M Black Hawks

23-Jan-2014

The pilots start their preflight checks on the aircraft, like they have done hundreds of times before, but this time it was different. Almost everything was the same, until it came time for the inside checks. Inside of the rotary wing aircraft looks like something out of the future, with big digital screens and a... Read more

HAI at Aviation Issues Conference in Hawaii

HAI at Aviation Issues Conference in Hawaii

12-Jan-2014Source: HAI

HAI Vice President of Government Affairs Ann Carroll is at what has become one of U.S. aviation’s most important gatherings to discuss governmental issues — the American Association of Airport Executives 28th annual issues conference. Held each hear in Hawaii, aviation leaders and current and former members of Congress come together to discuss industry issues... Read more

US Army proposes four additional landing zones in Hawaii

US Army proposes four additional landing zones in Hawaii

2-Jan-2014Source: West Hawaii Today

The 25th Army Combat Aviation Brigade and Hawaii Army National Guard want to construct four aviation landing zones on Mauna Loa’s northern slope See full story... Read more

US Navy to Build $57M MV-22 Hangar and Aircraft Staging Area for MCB Hawaii

US Navy to Build $57M MV-22 Hangar and Aircraft Staging Area for MCB Hawaii

19-Dec-2013Source: US Navy

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded a $57 million firm-fixed-price contract Dec. 17 to Watts Contrack, a Joint Venture of Honolulu, Hawaii for the construction of a Marine Vertical (MV) 22 hangar, supporting utility infrastructure, and an aircraft staging area for Marine Corps Base Hawaii. This project includes a hangar, apron, and taxiway to... Read more

Air Methods Closes Acquisition of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Air Methods Closes Acquisition of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

16-Dec-2013Source: Air Methods

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

Air Methods to Acquire Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Air Methods to Acquire Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

18-Nov-2013Source: Air Methods

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

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

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

12-Nov-2013Source: Seattle PI

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)... Read more

29-Oct-13 N985EW Eurocopter AS350B3 Kona, US-Hawaii

29-Oct-13 N985EW Eurocopter AS350B3 Kona, US-Hawaii

29-Oct-2013

Substantially damaged on landing.  Two people were aboard the aircraft. One was taken to the hospital with complaints of back pain, while the other was uninjured,... Read more

12-Sep-13 N798JH Eurocopter AS355 nr Hanapepe, US-Hawaii

12-Sep-13 N798JH Eurocopter AS355 nr Hanapepe, US-Hawaii

12-Sep-2013

Tour helicopter struck by a bird, shattering the windshield. The only passenger on the aircraft suffered minor injuries. The aircraft landed safely at Burns Field in Hanapepe.  Registration and type quoted by FAA do not tie up – N798JH was an AS350BA previously used by the company and no longer current.... Read more

25-Jul-13 N500PH MD Helicopters MD500E Hilo, US-Hawaii

25-Jul-13 N500PH MD Helicopters MD500E Hilo, US-Hawaii

25-Jul-2013

Autorotation, and rolled over onto its side on landing, 700 feet short of landing pad.  One news report suggests Texas family on board suggested it ran out of fuel... Read more

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

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

18-Jul-2013

Bird strike on tour flight... Read more

Erickson Air-Crane Announces Contract Extension in Hawaii

Erickson Air-Crane Announces Contract Extension in Hawaii

10-Jul-2013Source: Erickson Air-Crane

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated (NASDAQ: EAC) (“Erickson” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, and the vertically-integrated manufacturer and operator of the powerful heavy-lift Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter, announced today that it has won a contract extension to a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price contract to... Read more

17-Jun-13 N31551 Robinson R44 Lihue, US-Hawaii

17-Jun-13 N31551 Robinson R44 Lihue, US-Hawaii

17-Jun-2013

Bird strike, windshield damaged, landed OK... Read more

Mechanic takes blame for Honolulu R22 accident

Mechanic takes blame for Honolulu R22 accident

13-May-2013Source: Khon 2

New video has been released following Wednesday’s helicopter crash landing in downtown Honolulu. The Kukui Plaza condominium captured the crash landing on surveillance video. (See Full Story)... Read more

08-May-13 N5ZK Robinson R22 Honolulu, US-Hawaii

08-May-13 N5ZK Robinson R22 Honolulu, US-Hawaii

8-May-2013

Force landed in street and badly damaged in collision with parked vehicle... Read more

05-Apr-13 N520PA Hughes 500D Lihue, US-Hawaii

05-Apr-13 N520PA Hughes 500D Lihue, US-Hawaii

5-Apr-2013

Found damage to trailing edge of rotor blade(s) on post-flight inspection... Read more

Hawaii Medal of Honor ceremony salutes fallen heroes

Hawaii Medal of Honor ceremony salutes fallen heroes

2-Apr-2013Source: US Marine Corps

Families, fellow service members, state senators and representatives gathered at the state Capitol to remember fallen Marines and soldiers by awarding them the Hawaii Medal of Honor, March 27. Family members came from across the U.S. to accept the award for their loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. “My daughter and I came all... Read more

Blue Hawaiian Voted “Best Helicopter Tour Company”

Blue Hawaiian Voted “Best Helicopter Tour Company”

19-Mar-2013Source: Blue Hawaiian Helicopter

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

Kona Community Hospital Activates Rotor Program

Kona Community Hospital Activates Rotor Program

21-Feb-2013Source: Kona Community Hospital

Kona Community Hospital (KCH) welcomed a new emergency medical rotor coptor as it made its maiden landing on the hospital’s helipad on Thursday, February 14.  The Hawaii Life Flight (HLF) crew manning the rotor copter was greeted by KCH administration as well as members of the KCH trauma team, emergency and security departments. The rotor... Read more

28-Oct-12 N216AB Robinson R22 Hanpepe, US-Hawaii

28-Oct-12 N216AB Robinson R22 Hanpepe, US-Hawaii

28-Oct-2012

Rolled over on landing... Read more

Maui pilot sentenced to 500 flight hours in deer case

Maui pilot sentenced to 500 flight hours in deer case

14-Sep-2012Source: The Republic

A Maui pilot must make amends for illegally flying axis deer to the Big Island by providing a group trying to eradicate the invasive species there with 500 hours of helicopter flight time (see full story)... Read more

New CH-53E simulator stands ready for crew chief training

New CH-53E simulator stands ready for crew chief training

3-Sep-2012Source: US Marine Corps

Gunnery Sgt. John Militello of the Marine Aviation Training System Site tests the state-of-the-art CH-53E enhanced aircrew externals trainer located at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. Naval Aviation Training Systems program office (PMA-205) announced the simulator “ready for training” Aug. 24. The device was designed, developed and employed by PMA-205, along with Manned Flight... Read more

Croman awarded $25M contract in Hawaiian military ranges

Croman awarded $25M contract in Hawaiian military ranges

1-Aug-2012Source: US DoD

Croman Corp.*, White City, Ore., is being awarded a $25,862,717 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for airlift and recovery functions in support of all Hawaiian military ranges.  In addition, this contract provides utility/transport missions to carry passengers/cargo and range clearing operations in the Hawaiian operating area.  Work will be performed in Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii, and is... Read more

Royal Gardens lava helicopter tour moves forward on permit

Royal Gardens lava helicopter tour moves forward on permit

30-Jul-2012Source: Big Island News

A helicopter tour company is continuing with the environmental approval process in order to land in the Royal Gardens subdivision – or what’s left of it – when conducting lava tours. (see full story)... Read more

17-Jul-12 N716AM Agusta A109A Niihau, US-Hawaii

17-Jul-12 N716AM Agusta A109A Niihau, US-Hawaii

17-Jul-2012

Rotor blades struck trees on take-off, landed on beach without further incident... Read more

Hawaii’s first helicopter operator celebrates 50 years

Hawaii’s first helicopter operator celebrates 50 years

26-Jun-2012

A blessing and dedication was held Thursday at the Lihu‘e Airport Heliport, officiated by Lady Ipo Kahaunaele-Ferreira of Ke Akua Mana Church. (see full story) The company’s website has a great page on its history – from which the following early photo comes – Jack Harter on the left in this shot standing next to... Read more

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