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HISTORY

Safe, Reliable, Quality Airlift Since 1980

Founded in 1980 by Don Werner and Pete Moyer, for the first 16 years of our existence our operations were largely local, our fleet was small, and our focus was on our specialization — heavy-lift aerial construction (hence the company’s name—Construction Helicopters Inc.).

In 1996, after the company was acquired by Chris Turner, we began to notch considerable operational milestones with increasing regularity, as we broadened our scope of operating certificates, aircraft, the sectors we serviced, and where we flew. Today, CHI Aviation leads the industry in the provision of aerial crane, US Department of Defense-approved fixed- and rotary-wing passenger and cargo transport, aeromedical services, aerial firefighting, Search-and-Rescue (SAR), logistics support and ad hoc passenger transport services from bases in Howell, MI; Sacramento, CA; Afghanistan; and East Africa.

Our history

1980
CHI Founded
1980
1996
Chris Turner Acquires CHI
1996
1998
Began Wildland Fire Support Ops
1998
1999
Obtained Part 135 Certification
1999
2004
Started Preferred Avionics
2004
2008
Acquired Helimax Aviation
2008
2010
Obtained Class D 133 Certification
2010
2010
Obtained Part 135 Ten or More Certification
2010
2011
Obtained CARB Certification
2011
2011
Afghan Operations Begin
2011
2012
SARS/HEMS Operations Begin
2012
2014
S-92 Deployed to Brunei
2014
2014
Acquired CH-47Ds
2014
2015
CH-47D Deployed to Australia
2015
2017
BOA With USTRANSCOM for Air Ambulance
2017
2017
2x Afghan Task Orders Awarded
2017
2018
99% Fleetwide ORR
2018
2019
Began Fixed-Wing Operations in Africa
2019
2019
Sold Preferred Avionics
2019