HeliFlite is pleased to announce that it has achieved the prestigious ARGUS Platinum Rating, which places it in the upper five percent of over 1,000 U.S. based charter operators. The Platinum Rating is the highest level of the ARGUS audit standard and is awarded only to those air charter operators who have demonstrated successful implementation of industry best safety practices relative to their operations and maintenance.

Achieving ARGUS Platinum is a testament to the aviation community that safety is HeliFlite’s top priority. The ARGUS Platinum rating consists of an audit that takes an in-depth look into the quality of documented processes in place in addition to the strength of the safety management system implemented by the operation.  Receiving a Platinum rating means the operation was examined over several days by a team of on-site auditors and subsequently completed all corrective actions necessary to meet the standard.

“HeliFlite has consistently demonstrated its commitment to safety and exceptional personalized service. Maintaining a Platinum rating from ARG/US is a reflection of our company’s ongoing efforts to ensure the highest aviation standards and practices. We are proud to remain a member of this elite group who is dedicated to safety,” commented Kurt Carlson, CEO of HeliFlite.

This rating demonstrates a continued commitment to safety and ongoing quality improvement in all areas of the organization. Interested parties can verify HeliFlite’s Platinum status at any time via the CHEQ System.

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About HeliFlite

HeliFlite is headquartered at Kearny, NJ (HHI). For over 25 years, and 50,000 safe flying hours, HeliFlite has been providing clients with on demand charter, a HeliCard program that guarantees availability, customized corporate solutions, fractional shares and aircraft management services. Operating in the Metro New York area, Northeast, South Florida and Chicago. The HeliFlite fleet features a complement of Sikorsky S-76, AW139, and Bell 430 executive helicopters. All flights are conducted with twin-engine aircraft and two pilots. FAR Part 135 Operator. 

About ARGUS International Inc.

ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is the worldwide leader in specialized aviation services that allow organizations around the globe to improve their operational and business decision making. ARGUS provides world-class aviation software and business management solutions, including TRAQPak, PRISM ARMOR SMS, and AVMOSYS Flight Scheduling Software. ARGUS Charter operator ratings are the most recognized and requested independent source of overall operator quality. TRAQPak provides industry-leading market intelligence data and research services, as well as expert aviation consulting.

ARGUS subsidiaries include ARGUS PROS, the leading provider of onsite safety audits, PRISM, a worldwide leader in Safety Management Systems and Certification services, and the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), world’s leading UAS safety education and training services provider. Founded in 1995 in Cincinnati, Ohio and is actively engaged around the globe.

JULY 6th, 2018 – EBACE; Geneva, Switzerland: Luxaviation Group (booth N116), is today announcing a strategic partnership between its dedicated VVIP helicopter service Luxaviation Helicopters and HeliFlite Shares LLC, the premier VIP rotorcraft operator in the US.

The deal marks the first ever international partnership of VIP and VVIP helicopter operators, with Luxaviation customers set to benefit from a safe, seamless service to and from New York, Chicago and Florida.

Charlotte Pedersen, CEO, Luxaviation Helicopters, says: “We seek out local partners that know and understand their region, in order to provide customers from across the globe access to a service that is established, reputable and customer-oriented.

“HeliFlite, a long-standing VIP operator in the US, is a natural partner to Luxaviation Helicopters. The company is renowned for its safety standards, and is a Wyvern Wingman and ARGUS Platinum certified operator – the highest safety rating in America. This dedication to achieving the highest standards of safety and service resounds with Luxaviation’s own, and we look forward to a fulfilling relationship with HeliFlite.”

Kurt Carlson, CEO, HeliFlite, adds: “The interconnected service between HeliFlite and Luxaviation Helicopters means customers can now book a rotorcraft wherever they wish to travel with complete confidence, saving brokers and passengers the time needed to ensure they’re choosing the best and safest service providers.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with such a globally respected company, which shares our belief in offering customers a safe, swift and luxurious route from destination to destination. With access to Luxaviation’s worldwide fleet of more than 270 aircraft and 50 helicopters, we are further extending the ultimate form of travel to a growing number of HeliFlite passengers.”

The Luxaviation Group is co-exhibiting with ExecuJet in Hall 5 at booth N116.

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MAY 3rd, 2017 – HELI-EXPO, DALLAS, TX – HeliFlite™ today announced the continued expansion of its fleet with the addition of its 13th twin engine/dual piloted helicopter, an AgustaWestland AW139. The aircraft will be finished with a luxury executive cabin, providing ample room for as many as nine VIP passengers.

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FEB 26th, 2016 – Partnership fulfills a critical safety auditing standard required by Fortune 500 companies and will fast-track the growth of corporate charter aviation in Chicago and the Midwest

FEB 26th, 2016 – Chicago, IL- Vertiport Chicago, North America’s largest commercial heliport facility and HeliFlite, a full service, on-demand helicopter operator announced today a joint partnership which has brought HeliFlite to Vertiport Chicago’s heliport facility to offer ARG/US Platinum and Wyvern Wingman executive, cabin class helicopter service to charter clientele and Fortune 500 Companies.

Corporate flight departments and fixed-wing operators desire, and often require, an ARG/US Platinum and Wyvern Wingman operator. This partnership fills a safety standards void that was unavailable in the Chicago market and will fast-track the growth of corporate helicopter charter aviation to where it was prior to the closing of Meigs field in 2003.

Vertiport Chicago is a state-of-the-art, full-service FBO commercial helicopter facility located in Chicago, minutes from downtown. Vertiport Chicago also offers premium, VIP style, helicopter tour and charter brokerage services. HeliFlite exclusively operates twin-engine, dual-piloted, executive cabin-class aircraft (Sikorsky S76s and Bell 430s) for connections to outlying airports, resorts, residences and other regional destinations.

“HeliFlite is one of a very few number of dedicated helicopter operators who have achieved the prestigious ARG/US Platinum Rating” said Anthony Pontarelli, CEO of Vertiport Chicago. “They have located to Vertiport Chicago and are operating out of our heliport as of this week. The demand has always been here in Chicago and now we can provide our executive corporate charter clientele the highest safety standards in the aviation industry.”

The ARG/US Platinum Rating is the highest level of safety and auditing standards in the aviation industry and is awarded only to those air carriers who have demonstrated successful implementation of industry best safety practices relative to their operations and maintenance. Moreover, the Wyvern Wingman Standard requires pilot and maintenance personnel training and experience that far exceeds regulatory minimums.

“This partnership is about two best-in-class organizations partnering to make helicopter service the best and safest it can be in Chicago and throughout the Midwest,” said Kurt Carlson, CEO of HeliFlite. “As a world-class, highly credentialed operator, we are now stationed near downtown in a state-of-the-art heliport in a world-class city. It is truly a best-in-class offering for Chicagoland corporate flight departments and charter clientele. We are very pleased to be a part of it.”

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About HeliFlite
Founded in 1998, HeliFlite is a full service helicopter operator offering on-demand charter, a 25-hour HeliCard™, fractional ownership and aircraft management services. HeliFlite operations are based at Newark International Airport (KEWR) and operates within a 250-mile radius of New York City, throughout Florida and now in the Chicagoland area. As a result of its professional and customized service, HeliFlite is the preferred operator for Fortune 500 companies, aviation professionals and affluent travelers for both business and personal use.

About Vertiport Chicago
Vertiport Chicago marks the return of a dedicated commercial helicopter facility to Chicago with a next generation, full-service landing facility located downtown featuring state-of-the-art amenities. Launched in April 2015, Vertiport is North America’s largest and Chicago’s only vertical helicopter landing facility. The company’s expansive facility serves as a Fixed Base Operation (FBO) for helicopter owners and operators and is located on ten acres of land boasting 30,000 square feet of hangar space, 11,700 square feet of office space, a 24-hour refueling station, a single take off and landing spot and eight helicopter parking spots. Vertiport’s location in the Illinois Medical District has made the FBO an ideal hub for EMS services. In addition to medical support, Vertiport Chicago offers helicopter charter flight services and sightseeing tours. Whether serving EMS professionals, corporate clientele, private aircraft owners or visitors to Chicago, Vertiport keeps safety and user experience as its top mission.


MAY 27th, 2014 – HeliFlite recently completed the refurbishment of its Sikorsky helicopter fleet. The upgrades included both interior and exterior refinishing as well as enhancements to on-board avionics and satellite tracking systems.

 In 2012 HeliFlite began a fleet expansion initiative with the purchase of 2 additional Sikorsky executive helicopters. Shortly after, they began to refurbish each of the Sikorsky helicopters in the HeliFlite fleet. The company saw a growing demand for helicopters that could accommodate 7 and 8 passengers. Since then, the company re-strategized their plan to include upgrades to 2 of the helicopters that would provide seating for 8 passengers. The third Sikorsky helicopter seats 7 passengers and features an on board refreshment  center.

The upgrades are complete and each of the helicopters are slated to be in service in time for Memorial Day weekend and the summer rush.