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Helinet Aviation Taps Late Founder’s Widow as CEO

By Amy Kluber | June 28, 2016
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Kathryn Purwin, widow of the late Alan Purwin, has taken over as CEO of Helinet Aviation Services, which provides travel, emergency medical, electronic newsgathering and TV/film production services.

Purwin will build on her husband's vision to help law enforcement agencies develop custom solutions to share live video and data to the ground.

Alan Purwin was killed Sep. 11, 2015, when an airplane carrying him and two others crashed in the Colombian Andes while filming a Hollywood movie.


In 1998, he had purchased Helinet Aviation, which merged with West Coast Helicopters. Helinet provides flight services for Hollywood movies, news outlets, charter and medical services and the government. The company owns and operates 16 helicopters today.

Through the company, the Purwins had donated two Sikorsky helicopters for patient transport to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Kathryn is a jet and helicopter pilot. 

Photo courtesy of Helinet Aviation Services

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