Hawaii’s Paradise Helicopters Gets HAI Safety Accreditation for VIP

By Amy Kluber | November 20, 2018
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Paradise Helicopters Bell 430

In 2017, Paradise Helicopters added a Bell 430 to its fleet, becoming the only Hawaii air-tour company operating a twin-engine helicopter. Photo courtesy of Paradise

Hawaiian tour operator Paradise Helicopters has earned Helicopter Association International (HAI) accreditation for corporate and VIP transportation, recognizing the operator's safety and professionalism.

The company earned the accreditation for air tour operations in March 2016 — the first air tour company to do so. In December 2017, it also became the first International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage Three operator in Hawaii. The company received Stage Two registration in 2016.


HAI's Accreditation Program of Safety helps operators reduce accident and incident rates by improving safety culture, according to a Paradise press release.

“In addition to our air-tour operations, Paradise specializes in corporate and VIP transportation, including charter experiences with our new twin-engine Bell 430 helicopter,” said Calvin Dorn, CEO of Paradise Helicopters. “Since our founding more than two decades ago, our entire team has worked to ensure the highest safety and operational standards in the world, and our multiple HAI accreditations underscore that commitment.”

The company’s safety measures include operating the only twin-engine helicopter in Hawaii for commercial air tourism operations; using an integrated aircraft tracking system; routine staff training on safety managing systems, emergency response and safety risk management; and oversight of operations by a full-time and trained director of safety.

Dorn spoke to R&WI earlier this year about its relief efforts for those in Hawaii hit by the effects of Kīlauea volcano's May  eruption, which has since subsided. Paradise has provided flights to people whose properties were damaged by the eruption and rescue missions for stranded cattle.

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