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Story by Joe Leary

If indeed the sky’s the limit, Vancouver’s number one heli-tour and adventure company, SKY Helicopters, is flying high! In fact, it was recently ranked as one of the top 10 aerial adventures in the world by Forbes travel magazine and the recipient of a Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Award, placing it in the top ten percent of attractions worldwide.

High praise for a local company founded just over a dozen years ago as part of the Westlund Group of Companies. The creation of SKY Helicopters was a way to incorporate owner Andrew Westlund’s passion for both helicopters and entrepreneurship and his goal to bring new experiences to his client base, as well as adding an exciting new element within BC’s thriving tourism industry.

“SKY Helicopters’ success was built on providing our guests with the best experience imaginable and to share our passion for helicopter flight,” says Westlund,

CEO of SKY Helicopters Inc. and the Westlund Group.

“Being recognized as leaders in the helicopter tourism industry is extremely satisfying, as it validates all the hard work and commitment to excellence by our team over the years.
“We’re proud to say that BC is helicopter country.”

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SKY takes flight

After a humble beginning with just two pilots and two helicopters, SKY Helicopters has since grown to a 15-person team and six helicopters, with continued expansion plans still on the horizon.

SKY Helicopters first took flight in 2011 and quickly established a truly unique and fun experience, orchestrated and crafted to cater to a variety of themes.

Perhaps it’s just a breathtaking flight to marvel at the splendor that is beautiful British Columbia, or maybe it’s one of their more adventurous tours; a craft beer experience; or even champagne flights and backcountry proposal packages (the ultimate setting to pop the question). “We’ve welcomed thousands of guests from over 70 countries worldwide,” he adds.

An adventure for everyone

“From low-level flights through old growth forests and river valleys to snow-capped mountain peaks, there really is something for everyone on our SKY tours.” Consistently receiving Trip Advisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence,’

Westlund’s company was his high school dream, the culmination of his passion for helicopters and his sincere desire to fly.

Mission accomplished!

“As someone who has always had a passion for helicopters, I became a pilot early on and purchased my own helicopter so I could bring the experience to my business associates and clients. “I quickly saw the opportunity to share this incredible adventure with visitors to Vancouver from around the world, and established SKY Helicopters as a tourism company.

” Based out of SKY Hangar, located in suburban Pitt Meadows, the facility features an expansive 6,000 sq. ft. open concept design with twenty foot ceilings, and provides the ideal setting for bringing various events to the space.

“SKY Hangar was built on a vision of creating a world-class corporate event space,” says Westlund. “We can host business meetings, galas, movie productions and celebrations, all in a state-of-the-art, functional aircraft hangar. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind space for the Greater Vancouver area.”

At SKY Helicopters it’s your sky… your adventure!

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“Being recognized as leaders in the helicopter tourism industry is extremely satisfying, as it validates all the hard work and commitment to excellence by our team over the years.

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