Blackcomb Helicopters Announces Significant Regional Expansion with Acquisition of Elbow River Helicopters


“We first contacted Elbow River to discuss the purchase of a single helicopter, but once we visited their operation at Springbank Airport, we knew very quickly that we had complementary operational approaches and it would also be a strategic acquisition for Blackcomb,” said Tim Boyle, Managing Director of Blackcomb. The combination of the two companies adds two additional 212 machines to Blackcomb’s fleet, including a 212 HLP BLR DF engine machine, increasing Blackcomb’s ability to serve the company’s growing utility operations customers in alberta and in Southeast British Columbia.

All Elbow River employees have been offered employment with Blackcomb Helicopters and Blackcomb is delighted to have them on board. The Springbank Airport base – which includes tooling and component overhaul capabilities – will become a major focus for maintenance of Blackcomb’s medium helicopter fleet. The transaction has been concluded March 31, 2022 and future operations will be under the Blackcomb Helicopters Aircraft Maintenance Organization (AMO) and Aircraft Operators Certificate (AO). Torrie Chartier will remain as regional manager of Blackcomb with Derrick Shillington as Chief Engineer of Blackcomb – Bell Aircraft, and Bruce Hollowayfounder, exercising an advisory role.

Elbow River Founder and Owner, Bruce Holloway, added, “This acquisition aligns with our belief that the aviation industry needs consolidation to remain competitive. I am very proud of the business we have built with our dedicated aviation professionals and our team at Elbow River. We have worked hard to stay focused on our skills and serve our customers from Southern Alberta and Southeast British Columbia. Blackcomb has been great to run and will improve and provide additional depth with additional aircraft and personnel at Springbank base. I am extremely pleased that our aviation professionals who have been like family to us, have the Blackcomb Helicopters and McLean Group family to support them on their continued journey. »

About Blackcomb Helicopters (blackcombhelicopters.com / mcleangroup.com)
Founded in Whistler, British Columbia and operating for over 30 years, Blackcomb Helicopters is the leading helicopter tourism and heliservice company in the Pacific Northwest. 100% carbon neutral, Blackcomb offers helitourism, public and civil services and operates from bases located in Vancouver International airport, at whistler, Pemberton, Squamish, Sechelt, Lillooet, Terraceand Springbank, alberta. Blackcomb is a member of the McLean Group of Companies, a diversified portfolio of private companies.

SOURCE Blackcomb Helicopters

For further information: Torrie Chartier – 403-202-2019 / [email protected] / Elbow River Helicopters, Tim Boyle – 604-786-8961 / [email protected] / General Manager, Jordy Norris – 604-698-5235 / [email protected] / Marketing Director

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