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A Twin-Engine Helicopter Enters Hawaii Tour Market

By S.L. Fuller | December 11, 2017
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Photo courtesy of Paradise Helicopters

Paradise Helicopters is now the only commercial operator in Hawaii to operate a twin-engine helicopter, the company said. The operator recently took delivery of a Bell Helicopter 430.

According to its website, Paradise Helicopters’ fleet comprises the Hughes MD500D and MD500E, as well as the Bell 407. In August 2016, Paradise Helicopters signed up for Bell’s Customer Advantage Plan for its 407 fleet, becoming the first helicopter tour company to enroll in this service. That same year, reports said the operator became the first air tour company to become certificated by Helicopter Association International’s Accreditation Program of Safety.

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Bell announced its 430 during the U.S. Helicopter Association’s 1993 Heli-Expo, according to the manufacturer. The aircraft would make its first flight the following year. Its design was based on the Bell 230, adding 18 inches in cabin length.

A previous version of this article stated that Paradise Helicopters was the first tour operator in Hawaii to operate a twin-engine helicopter. It has been corrected to state that Paradise Helicopters is currently the only commercial operator in Hawaii to operate a twin-engine helicopter.

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