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Pemberton Helicopters Ltd.

  • CA-BC-PEM-001
  • Entidade coletiva
  • fl. 2000s-

Pemberton Helicopters was a helicopter charter company based in Pemberton in the 1990s and early 2000s. The company's facilities in Pemberton were acquired by Blackcomb Aviation in the 2000s.

Flynn, Steven "Steve"

  • CA-BC-FS010
  • Pessoa
  • fl. 1980s-

Steven "Steve" Flynn is the general manager of Blackcomb Helicopters in Whistler. Steve founded Blackcomb Helicopters in Whistler in 1989, a small company specializing in mountain-related helicopter operations. The company provided SAR services, worked with Whistler Blackcomb , and completed tasks for the construction, forestry, and film industries. In 2006, Steve sold the company to MCM Aviation, a joint venture between The McLean Group and Omega Aviation. He remained as general manager and continued piloting. In 2008, Steve received the Governor General's Medal of Bravery from the Government of Canada for rescuing a stranded ice sailor who had broken through the ice on Green Lake in Whistler. He rushed to a nearby heliport, where he met with Paul Skelton and Vincent Massey. All three boarded a helicopter and, within minutes, flew to the scene. While Steve performed a precision hover, allowing the craft to get close to the ice, Skelton and Massey reached for the hypothermic victim and pulled him safely into the helicopter. Steve lives in the Pemberton Meadows area of Pemberton.

Bow Helicopters

  • CA-AB-BOW-002
  • Entidade coletiva
  • 1971-1979

Bow Helicopters was a helicopter charter company based in Alberta and British Columbia in the 1970s. Founded as Bullock Helicopters in Calgary, AB in 1971, the company operated Bell helicopters and Aérospatiale Alouette helicopters. In 1979, Bow was acquired by Okanagan Helicopters.

Skyways Services Ltd.

  • CA-MB-SKY-001
  • Entidade coletiva
  • 1947-1968

Skyways Services Ltd. was a pioneering Canadian helicopter charter company based in Winnipeg, MB and headed by H. R. Drummond. Founded in 1947, Skyways purchased three Bell 47B-3 helicopters in a deal that included the teaching of two ex-RCAF pilots in a helicopter training school operated by Bell in the United States. Although those two pilots were
the first Canadians to be trained for crop dusting using helicopters, they did as much, or more, timber-cruising and power line surveying as they did crop dusting. Late in the 1940s, the Province of New Brunswick was experiencing a severe attack of the spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana Clem.) and was calling for help. Skyway sent a fleet of five Stearman helicopters to the Maritime provinces each spring for several years on a budworm contract. They usually returned to British Columbia before the end of June to be ready for the forest fire season. In 1948, Skyways Services Ltd., one of only three Canadian commercial helicopter operators at the time, shipped one of their helicopters to Vancouver to be leased by Aero Surveys Ltd., which logged the first recorded occurrence of a helicopter being used to airlift skiers into the mountains (Vancouver to Grouse Mountain). Although trials took place for this route, helicopters were never used on a commercially for heli-skiing at Grouse Mountain. At its peak, Skyways employed nearly 100 people for a fleet of 70 aircraft. The business was thriving, and they had a pilot training school and a charter service, plus an airplane overhaul and maintenance service. In 1968, Skyways went bankrupt and was sold to Okanagan Air Services, as it was plagued by accidents and a lack of contracts.

Pacific Helicopters

  • PG-PAC-001
  • Entidade coletiva
  • 1975-

Pacific Helicopters is a helicopter charter company which has operated in the Asia Pacific region since 1975. The company provides oil, gas, mining, construction and telecommunications companies helicopter services in the Asia Pacific region, with its headquarters based in Goroka, Papua New Guinea and an aviation facility in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

ALC Airlift Corporation

  • CA-BC-ALC-001
  • Entidade coletiva
  • fl. 1980s-

ALC Airlift Corporation was a helicopter charter company active in the 1980s which was based in Maple Ridge, BC.

Morris, John

  • CA-BC-MJ037
  • Pessoa
  • fl. 1970s-

John Morris is the owner of Blackcomb Helicopters in Whistler. He learned to fly fixed wing in 1976 and began his helicopter piloting career with Okanagan Helicopters in 1980. He has been the owner of Blackcomb Helicopters, a helicopter charter company which provides services to Whistler Blackcomb and the oil and gas industry, since 1995.

Frost, Roger

  • CA-BC-FR010
  • Pessoa
  • fl. 1970s-

Roger Frost is a Canadian helicopter pilot based in Nanoose Bay, BC. He formerly flew for Lambair in the 1970s, and he currently flies for Custom Helicopters Ltd. in Nanoose Bay. He also enjoys sailing.

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