Helicopters For Charter Serve Diverse Markets

GrandView Aviation photo
GrandView Aviation

From luxury VIP transport to organ transplant flights, helicopter charter operators including the companies highlighted below see growing opportunities.

GrandView Aviation, of Middle River, Maryland, provides one way, roundtrip and multi-leg helicopter charter flights, focused on trips within a 250 nm radius of the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. 

All passenger seats on the company’s spacious, 12-passenger Sikorsky S-76D are equipped with a four-point restraint system for added safety, as well as a pop-out flotation system. The helicopter is also equipped with a four-axis autopilot incorporating an enhanced ground proximity warning system, a traffic alert and collision avoidance system, and an attitude retention system.  

GrandView Aviation helicopter charters are flown by two highly experienced pilots, assuring maximum safety and security.

New York City Transfers

Associated Air Group helicopter
Credit: Associated Air Group

Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) focuses exclusively on VIP charter flights, primarily in the New York-Boston market, with a young fleet of eight Sikorsky S-76s—the largest fleet of that type in the Northeast U.S., according to the company. All trips are flown as dual-pilot operations.  

Among AAG’s services are airport transfers to and from New York City heliports, from Teterboro, New Jersey, and White Plains, New York.  In 2021, AAG joined OneSky, a Directional Aviation Group program, which offers a portfolio of private jet solutions. AAG reports that it is in the process of rebranding.

Broad Range Of Service

Helinet Aviation Services LLC
Credit: Helinet Aviation Services LLC

Based at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Los Angeles, with additional offices in Atlanta, Helinet Aviation Services performs a broad range of rotary-wing missions across the U.S. 

Helinet oversees a fleet of 18 helicopters, including Sikorsky S-76 and UH-60A Black Hawk, Leonardo AW109 and Airbus AS350 AStar models on a 24/7 basis. The FAA Part 135 and Part 91 operator serves a variety of markets including VIP charter, aerial film production, electronic newsgathering and air medical transport. It is also an FAA-approved Part 133 (external load) and Part 137 (agricultural) operator.

Helinet also has a presence in the aerial firefighting market, having flown 550 hours of water-bombing missions in 2021. The company says it is eyeing additional markets, and pursuing fleet refreshment, with plans to acquire additional Black Hawks within the next few years.

Southern California-Focused

Orbic Air LLC
Credit: Orbic Air LLC

Concentrating on the Southern California charter and aerial tour markets, Orbic Air operates a diversified helicopter fleet from Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), near Burbank, California.  

The company’s fleet includes two Robinson R22s that it uses for flight training; four Robinson R44s and one Airbus Helicopters EC130, dedicated to air tours and charter. The R44s and the EC130 are equipped with camera gimbal mounts capable of creating production-quality footage for feature films, commercials and television shows.

Orbic Air also maintains a UH-60 Black Hawk for the utility, fire suppression and emergency medical service markets into which the company is expanding its operations. It says additional UH-60s are slated for delivery this year. The company is also planning to deploy a light-to-midsized jet option for its charter operation, as well as an additional twin-engine helicopter, the model to be determined.