History

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Safe, Reliable, Quality Air 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.
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Timeline

CH-47D Deployed to Australia

CH-47D Deployed to Australia

Acquired CH-47Ds

Acquired CH-47Ds

S-92 Deployed to Brunei

S-92 Deployed to Brunei

SARS/HEMS Operations Begin

SARS/HEMS Operations Begin

Afghan Operations Begin

Afghan Operations Begin

Obtained CARB Certification

Obtained CARB Certification

Obtained Part 135 Ten or More Certification

Obtained Class D 133 Certification

Obtained Class D 133 Certification

Acquired Helimax Aviation

Acquired Helimax Aviation

Started Preferred Avionics

Started Preferred Avionics