Monday, 24 January 2022
Following completion of its 12 year inspection, Zion Helicopters hopes to bring on a second Airbus helicopter, an AS350B3, for charter operations during the first half of this year.
Utah-based Zion Helicopters has scheduled the delivery of an AS350B3 for May 2022. The company is in the process of completing the 12 year inspection and the helicopter will be ready for service at its River’s Edge base. It will support flight operations with additional weight capacity and capability at higher elevations during higher temperatures.
This new aircraft forms part of the company’s transition from R66s. It is already operating an AS350B2, which offers greater seat capacity and the potential for longer flights than the Robinson and which will be used going forward as the supporting aircraft.
“With Covid changing the passenger rules of engagement, Zion Helicopters has seen a huge increase in private flights,” says general manager and co-owner John Power. “These include 30 minute flights with champagne, landing on a nearby butte for spectacular panoramic views of Zion National Park and southern Utah.” The company is set to capitalize on this increased demand by offering a helicopter and zip line experience from spring 2022, from the Zion Canyon area, a lava clifftop above the Virgin River Valley.
From its base at Utah’s Virgin River’s Edge heliport, the company can fly over much of Zion National Park. The heliport facility is off-the-grid; a self-sustaining, green, energy generating facility using a combination of solar power and propane to heat and cool the building. It features two helipads with facing hangars, a VIP terminal and office space for flight operations and administration staff. It was designed and built in 2019-2020 by partner Paul Budge, to blend into the local scenery.
The company has now updated its website following the long term lease/purchase agreement between Zion Helicopters and 5 Star Helicopter Tours in Las Vegas, Nevada that increased seat capacity and aligned the skill sets of the two companies.
“Since the merger in March 2021, we have focused on delivering sightseeing experiences. The recently launched new company website allows user to either book or create helicopter and adventure activities,” says Power. "We recognize that Covid has impacted passenger flow from overseas, but we will be ready for both domestic and international travelers by ensuring that we run operate a safe, clean Covid friendly operation.”
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Created On 26 Jan 2022
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Flights operated by 5 Star Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours, LLC dba: Zion Helicopter Tours, FAA Part 135 Certificate NO. 5S9A132O. Location: Rivers Edge Facility: 3050 East UT-9, Virgin UT 84779