Maverick Helicopters To Open Third Las Vegas Valley Location

 

MAVERICK HELICOPTERS TO OPEN THIRD LAS VEGAS VALLEY LOCATION

After over two decades of operating in Las Vegas, Maverick Helicopters

will open its third valley location in summer 2019

 

 

Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, will expand operations with a third location in the Las Vegas valley later this year. The newest location will open at Railroad Pass in the summer of 2019. The expansion comes after over two decades of successful operation in Las Vegas and will be Maverick’s seventh permanent location.

 

“Maverick Helicopters is thrilled to offer our customers more options for an unforgettable experience in Las Vegas,” said John Buch, president of Maverick Aviation Group. “Helicopter travel provides the best way to see the area’s landmarks and geographic marvels.”

 

Maverick Helicopters’ newest flights departing from Railroad Pass will showcase some of Nevada and Arizona’s most spectacular sights, including the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam.

 

For more information or to book a reservation, please call 800.218.9932 or visit www.FlyMaverick.com.

About Maverick Helicopters

Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, flies more than 250,000 guests annually out of Las Vegas, Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon West Rim, Maui, Hawaii and Kauai, Hawaii. Maverick Helicopters operates the largest and youngest fleet of Airbus EC130/H130 ECO-Star helicopters with nearly 50 aircraft and holds the top safety record of any tourism-based aviation company in the world. Maverick Helicopters employs the industry’s top pilots and has received numerous accolades including the Federal Aviation Administration’s Award of Excellence “Diamond Award” 2011-2018; Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” 2014-2018; and many more. Maverick Helicopters serves as the exclusive helicopter operator for events including Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), NASCAR and more at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In 2018, Maverick partnered with Burner Express Program to offer expediated flights to Black Rock Desert. Maverick Helicopters has been celebrated as one of the world’s leading tourism companies for more than 20 years.

 

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CELEBRATE THE GRAND CANYON’S CENTENNIAL WITH PAPILLON GROUP, THE ONLY AIR TOUR COMPANY TO FLY THE ENTIRE GRAND CANYON

 

CELEBRATE THE GRAND CANYON’S CENTENNIAL WITH PAPILLON GROUP,THE ONLY AIR TOUR COMPANY TO FLY THE ENTIRE GRAND CANYON 

 

 For this Spring Break and summer – “Go Grand” and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park with Papillon Group, the only air tour company certified to fly the entire length of the canyon.

Papillon Group, known as the world’s largest and longest-running aviation tour company, offers numerous memorable ways to explore the majestic Grand Canyon National Park which commemorates its centennial in 2019. Papillon passengers can explore the canyon from countless vantage points, whether they have time for just a short excursion, a daylong experience or an overnight adventure, all in all – creating a once-in-a-lifetime trip now that the weather is warming up!

From airplanes and helicopters to riding ATVs at the secluded Bar 10 Ranch, Papillon Group’s collection of tours appeals to first-time explorers and outdoor experts alike.

From the evergreen-laden North Rim to the world-famous South Rim—which boasts some of the deepest and widest parts of the canyon—Papillon’s 2019 Grand Canyon National Park tours include:

HELICOPTERS: 

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Helicopter flying guests to the Grand Canyon.
(Photo Courtesy of Grand Canyon Helicopters)

  • Grand Canyon Air Tour: Pressed for time but still want to see as much of the Grand Canyon as possible? The tour known as the Imperial Tour with EcoStar covers the North, South and East Rims. Although the flight is less than one hour, guests will see the widest and deepest parts of the Grand Canyon, the confluence of the Little Colorado, the rugged forests of the North Rim and Dragon Corridor.  
  • North Canyon Tour: Located in Grand Canyon Village, a short distance from the South Rim, the North Canyon Tour offers guests an exhilarating 25- to 30-minute aerial helicopter flight. The tour highlights the Kaibab National Forest, across the deepest and widest part of the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River, Dragon Corridor and rock formations such as the Tower of Ra and Vishnu Schist.

AIRPLANES:

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Guests riding ATVs to the remote area of Grand Canyon.
(Photo Courtesy of Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines)

  • North Rim Airplane with ATVs: Papillon’s airplane brand, Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines, flies guests from Las Vegas to the North Rim’s popular Bar 10 ranch. The flight includes views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Colorado River. The airplane lands at Bar 10 Ranch where guests experience a guided ATV trek through Whitmore Canyon and Lake Mead National Recreation Area to reach an exclusive vantage point of Grand Canyon National Park. Following an overnight stay at the ranch, the tour concludes with a homemade Dutch oven barbecue lunch.
     
  • South Rim Airplane Flight with Ground Tour: This experience begins with a 65-minute airplane flight over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Mojave Desert. Photographic opportunities abound as the Grand Canyon National Park stretches from one horizon to the next. Views include gorges up to 11 miles wide and a depth of more than one mile. A motorcoach transfer from the airport includes stops at Bright Angel Lodge and Mather Point, both offering fantastic canyon vistas. Guests will enjoy a boxed lunch with plenty of time to hike along the rim and explore the local shops and antique buildings.

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Buck Wild Hummer transporting guests to South Rim scenic viewpoints.
(Photo Courtesy of Buck Wild Grand Canyon Hummer Tours)

  • South Rim Airplane with Hummer: This tour offers newest way to explore the South Rim. The adventure begins with a Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines flight over the canyon where guests will soar over canyon formations including Dragon Corridor and Zuni Corridor. Once they land, Buck Wild Hummer Tours takes over. This brand-new tour company features custom-built, open-air Humvee touring vehicles. The tour makes multiple stops along the South Rim, highlighting the area’s most popular lookout spots from various angles and elevations. 

For more information about Papillon and its Grand Canyon national park tours, go to www.Papillon.com.

ABOUT PAPILLON GROUP:
Founded in 1965, Papillon (French for “butterfly”) is the world’s largest and longest-running aviation tour company with more than 650,000 passengers served annually on 80 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views beyond imagination. Family-owned and operated, its brands include Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters; Grand Canyon Helicopters; Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines; Grand Canyon Coaches and Buck Wild Grand Canyon Hummer Tours. Papillon is the only company that flies the entire length of the Grand Canyon with bases in Las Vegas; Boulder City, Nevada; Grand Canyon West; Grand Canyon National Park and Page, Arizona. For more information, go to www.Papillon.com and follow Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. (#IFlyPapillon)

Celebrate Grand Canyon National Park’s 100th Anniversary With Maverick Helicopters

 

CELEBRATE GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK’S
100th ANNIVERSARY WITH MAVERICK HELICOPTERS

 

 

On Feb. 26, the Grand Canyon will celebrate 100 years since its designation as a national park. Maverick Helicopters provides an unparalleled guest experience and offers a variety of flights to experience the Grand Canyon South Rim, departing from Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon South Rim. This year, Grand Canyon National Park will commemorate the milestone and inspire visitors to experience, connect with and celebrate the park’s unique natural beauty, cultural diversity and history.

Celebrate the centennial anniversary with one of Maverick Helicopters awe-inspiring offerings including:

 

Canyon Spirit
Departing from Grand Canyon South Rim
The 45-minute helicopter experience takes guests over Kaibab National Forest, home to the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest. Upon reaching the edge of the canyon, the South Rim gently drops away as the North Rim and eastern end of the canyon come into view – one of the most spectacular views in the entire canyon. In the distance, it is possible to see the Painted Desert and the Desert View Watchtower designed by the Hopi Indians. Travelers will view Marble Canyon and Point Imperial as they fly through the canyon. Guests will experience fabulous bird’s-eye views once on the North Rim, and then head south through the Dragon Corridor, the widest and deepest part of the canyon.

 

Canyon Dream
Departing from Henderson Executive Airport 
The ultimate Grand Canyon air and land experience begins with a 40-minute airplane flight to the Grand Canyon South Rim. Once guests land, their excursion begins with a breathtaking 25-minute helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon. Soaring above this natural wonder travelers will see beautiful scenery from the Tower of Ra, Kaibab National Forest and the mighty Colorado River. The journey will conclude with transportation into the Grand Canyon National Park to enjoy the awe-inspiring vistas, panoramic overlooks and trails that can only be accessed from inside the park.

 

For more information or to book a reservation, please call 800.218.9932 or visit www.FlyMaverick.com.

About Maverick Helicopters
Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, flies more than 250,000 guests annually out of Las Vegas, Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon West Rim, Maui, Hawaii and Kauai, Hawaii. Maverick Helicopters operates the largest and youngest fleet of Airbus EC130/H130 ECO-Star helicopters with nearly 50 aircraft and holds the top safety record of any tourism-based aviation company in the world. Maverick Helicopters employs the industry’s top pilots and has received numerous accolades including the Federal Aviation Administration’s Award of Excellence “Diamond Award” 2011-2018; Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” 2014-2018; and many more. Maverick Helicopters serves as the exclusive helicopter operator for events including Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), NASCAR and more at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In 2018, Maverick partnered with Burner Express Program to offer expediated flights to Black Rock Desert. Maverick Helicopters has been celebrated as one of the world’s leading tourism companies for more than 20 years.

 

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Maverick Helicopters Celebrates National Aviation Day With 10 Reasons To Fly With Maverick

 

MAVERICK HELICOPTERS CELEBRATES NATIONAL AVIATION DAY WITH 10 REASONS TO FLY WITH MAVERICK

National Aviation Day is Sunday, Aug. 19

 

Celebrate National Aviation Day, Sunday, Aug. 19, with a Maverick Helicopters experience.  Maverick offers the highest level of safety and service in the industry and has over 21 years of experience.  Here are 10 reasons on why to fly Maverick Helicopters:

 

  1. Enjoy the “Entertainment Capital of the World” from the sky, flying high above the iconic Las Vegas Strip. Maverick offers flights soaring over the mega resorts of the Strip and offers unparalleled views of Downtown Las Vegas and historic Fremont Street.
  2. Departing from Las Vegas, Maverick’s Grand Canyon excursions will descend and land 3,500 feet into the Grand Canyon in Hualapai Indian Territory.
  3. Maverick offers a Maui adventure unlike any other on the Hana Rainforest Experience. Descend and land within the Hana Rainforest and traverse the lush vegetation including banana and coconut trees and wild flowers. Also, fly over Maui’s North Coast with views of sea cliffs, cascading waterfalls and world-famous surf destinations.
  4. Experience the South Rim of the Grand Canyon with a Maverick flight soaring high above the deepest and widest parts of the Grand Canyon.  Guests also will enjoy the awe-inspiring vistas, panoramic overlooks and trails that can only be accessed from inside the Grand Canyon National Park.
  5. Maverick Helicopters has recently expanded operations to Hawaii’s northernmost and oldest island, Kauai. Soar high above the Garden Isle’s most iconic natural landmarks, the Na Pali coast, Waimea Canyon and Jurassic Falls on the Kauai Discovery flight.
  6. Investing over $85 million in Quiet Technology Maverick Helicopters has the largest fleet of ECO-Star helicopters. ECO-Star provides the safest and most comfortable helicopters in the world.
  7. Accommodating every bride and groom on their big day, Maverick Helicopters offers a full range of wedding packages. The special day will become a treasured memory by flying over the breathtaking Las Vegas Strip or landing in the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire or Hana Rainforest.
  8. Maverick Helicopters is the exclusive helicopter operator to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). Soar over the electric sky at EDC Las Vegas for VIP aerial views that elevate the festival experience to a whole new level. Buckle up and arrive in style for NASCAR weekend with VIP transfers to and from LVMS.
  9. Maverick’s pilots have received over 150 awards for safety and customer service, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s distinguished Diamond Award. Flying more 250,000 guests annually.
  10. For those one-of-a-kind experiences, Maverick Helicopters offers private helicopter charters. Popular charter locations include Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Death Valley and custom routes throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

For more information or to book a reservation, please call  1-888-261-4414 or visit www.flymaverick.com.

About Maverick Helicopters

Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, flies more than 250,000 guests annually out of Las Vegas, Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon West Rim, Maui, Hawaii and Kauai, Hawaii. The company operates the largest and youngest fleet of Airbus EC130/H130 ECO-Star helicopters with nearly 50 aircraft and holds the top safety record of any tourism-based aviation company in the world. Maverick Helicopters employs the industry’s top pilots and has received numerous accolades including the Federal Aviation Administration’s Award of Excellence “Diamond Award” 2011-2017; Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s “Best Air Tour Company” 2010-2018; TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” Hall of Fame 2011-2016; Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best Tour” in 2014 and 2016; and many more. In 2016, Maverick Helicopters celebrated 20 years of operation as one of the world’s leading tourism companies.

 

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Kanab, Utah’s Parry Lodge Announces “Base Camp to Adventure” Package for Summer 2018

 

KANAB, UTAH’S PARRY LODGE ANNOUNCES “BASE CAMP TO ADVENTURE” PACKAGE FOR SUMMER 2018 

Two nights at Parry Lodge, dinner at Iron Horse Restaurant and Saloon and Forever Adventure Hummer Tour to the exquisite Peekaboo Slot Canyon.

 Parry Lodge, “home to the stars” in Utah’s “Little Hollywood” of Kanab, Utah, announces a new getaway package, “Base Camp to Adventure.” Long known as the “home to the stars,” Parry Lodge is Kanab’s picturesque, nearly 90-year-old property listed on the National Register of Historic Places and known for hosting movie stars and crews shooting films amidst the area’s stunning scenery. Located within 90 minutes of six of Utah’s most revered national parks and monuments—including Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell), Grand Staircase and Pipe Springs National Monument—Kanab makes an excellent base for visiting these spectacular landscapes. Situated in the heart of downtown Kanab, Parry Lodge offers quaint, comfortable accommodations in the center of it all.

Across the street from Parry Lodge sits the Western-themed Denny’s Wigwam—an emporium for Western apparel and gifts which also serves as the departure point for Forever Adventure Hummer Tours of area natural and archaeological wonders. Tours available include the exquisite Peekaboo Slot Canyon and Grand Staircase (2 to 3 hours); Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park where dinosaur tracks are preserved (2 to 3 hours); Native American petroglyphs (2 to 3 hours); and the Kanab Overlook (1 to 2 hours).

Adjacent to Denny’s Wigwam sits the Iron Horse Restaurant and Saloon, known for its hand-trimmed and open-flame-grilled Black Angus Beef and mesquite-smoked barbecue. It’s also home to Kanab’s only full-service bar.

The “Base Camp to Adventure” package includes:

  • Two nights’ accommodations at Parry Lodge
  • Two Forever Adventure Hummer Tours to Peekaboo Slot Canyon
  • One dinner for two at Iron Horse Restaurant and Saloon

Priced at $490 for two, the package may also be expanded to accommodate extra guests. Inquire for prices and availability when booking.

Parry Lodge is open year-round. For more information go to www.ParryLodge.com. To book the “Base Camp to Adventure” package, call (435) 644-2601.

ABOUT PARRY LODGE
Parry Lodge’s public areas maintain their historic ambience while providing updated comforts; while its 90 guest rooms include choices of two king beds or two queen beds, single units and family suites. Onsite amenities provide guests an affordable restaurant known for its home-style breakfast; a heated outdoor pool, guest laundry facilities and pet-friendly rooms.

Hollywood icons who have stayed at Parry Lodge include John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Jane Russell, Sidney Poitier, Charlton Heston, Clint Eastwood, Dan Martin, Ronald Reagan, Anne Bancroft, Roy Rogers, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ava Gardner, Burl Ives and Maureen O’Hara, among others. Films shot against the backdrop of Kanab’s distinctive scenery include “Wagon Train” (1940), “Arabian Nights” (1942), “Pony Express” (1953), “The Lone Ranger” (1956), “Planet of the Apes” (1968 and 2001) and “Maverick” (1994), Among the TV shows shot in the area, standouts include “Gunsmoke,” “Grizzly Adams,” “Daniel Boone,” “Lassie” and “The Lone Ranger.”

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world.  The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures.  For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com or www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts, and follow us on Twitter @ForeverResorts.

Beat the Heat this Summer with Flight Lesson + Lunch Packages to Santa Monica, Big Bear Lake and Flagstaff

Beat the Heat this Summer with Flight Lesson + Lunch Packages to Santa Monica, Big Bear Lake and Flagstaff

 

All In Aviation Offers “Destination Training” Day-Trips to Popular Regional Locales

 

Video of All In Aviation conducting a “Destination Training” flight lesson over Sedona, Ariz.


 All In Aviation, a full-service aviation company specializing in Cirrus Aircraft flight training, aircraft rental and sales, invites Las Vegans to Beat the Heat this summer with new “Fly + Lunch” flight lesson packages to Santa Monica, California; Big Bear Lake, California, or Flagstaff, Arizona. Recognized throughout the national aviation community as a top flight school, All In Aviation specializes in “Destination Training,” where student pilots from across the U.S. learn to fly in the most sophisticated aircraft on the market over scenic locations like the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead, Red Rock, Zion and Sedona.

The perfect high-end adventure, All In Aviation’s summer packages include the following highlights. Final price depends on total hours, aircraft model and activities. (Lessons require a two-hour instructor minimum, instructor is paid hourly and aircraft is billed for time of use). Reservations and purchases can be made by calling 702-ALL-IN22 (702-255-4622) or visiting https://www.allinaviation.com/

 

Soar to Santa Monica
Starting at $1,500
• Round trip flight lesson with a certified flight instructor in a Cirrus SR22
• Bring 2-3 guests (weight restricted)
• Fly to the beautiful beachside city of Santa Monica, California
• Stop for lunch at the destination

Find Yourself in Flagstaff
Starting at $1,500
• Round trip flight lesson with a certified flight instructor in a Cirrus SR22
• Bring 2-3 guests (weight restricted)
• Fly to Northern Arizona’s cultural mountain resort town, Flagstaff
• Stop for lunch at the destination

Beat the Heat in Big Bear
Starting at $1,200
• Round trip flight lesson with a certified flight instructor in a Cirrus SR22
• Bring 2-3 guests (weight restricted)
• Fly to Southern California’s alpine getaway, Big Bear Lake
• Stop for lunch at the destination

 

A student pilot conducts a “Destination Training” flight lesson with All In Aviation over Lake Mead.


Dedicated to growing and developing more pilots, All In Aviation offers the only Cirrus Aircraft flight training program in Southern Nevada, where most pilots are certified after completing 60-70 hours of training. Open to anyone, pilot training is conducted in the air, in a classroom setting, and in All In Aviation’s full-motion Cirrus Aircraft simulator — one of only two in existence.

About All In Aviation:
The only Cirrus Aircraft training partner in Southern Nevada, All In Aviation is a full-service aviation company offering flight training, pilot certifications, and aircraft rental, sales, management & storage. Along with Cirrus maintenance partner Lone Mountain Aviation, All In Aviation is in the engineering phase of its plans to build a 24-hangar facility at Henderson Executive Airport (HND). The first purpose-built, multi-use aviation facility of its kind at HND, the complex is set to break ground later this Spring.

Much more than a flight school, All In Aviation is a trusted partner for aviation training, from a student pilot’s very first flight through the most advanced pilot certifications. As a Cirrus Platinum Training Center, All In Aviation trains pilots in some of the safest and most sophisticated aircraft on the market. The best-selling aircraft in the world, Cirrus airplanes are equipped with glass panels, air conditioning, and whole airframe parachute systems. With an emphasis on quality customer care, All In Aviation’s flight instruction is led by highly experienced and professional certified flight instructors.

For additional information call 702-ALL-IN22 (702-255-4622) or visit https://www.allinaviation.com/. Follow All In Aviation on social media at Facebook: @AllInAviation or Instagram at: @AllInAviation.

Western Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament Returns to the Orleans Arena March 7-10

Western Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament Returns to the Orleans Arena March 7-10



WHAT:                       

The Western Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament returns to the Orleans Arena, bringing acti­on-packed NCAA Division I college basketball matchups. Teams competing for the championship title this year are CSU Bakersfield, Chicago State, Grand Canyon, Kansas City, NM State, Seattle U, UT Rio Grande Valley, and Utah Valley.                                                           

WHEN:  
Wednesday, March 7 through Saturday, March 10

Wednesday, March 7: Quarterfinals
Women’s Quarterfinal 1 – 12 p.m.     
Women’s Quarterfinal 2 – 2:30 p.m.              
Women’s Quarterfinal 3 – 6 p.m.
Women’s Quarterfinal 4 – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 8: Quarterfinals
Men’s Quarterfinal 1 – 12 p.m.
Men’s Quarterfinal 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Men’s Quarterfinal 3 – 6 p.m.
Men’s Quarterfinal 4 – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 9: Semifinals
Women’s Semifinal 1 – 12 p.m.
Women’s Semifinal 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Men’s Semifinal 1 – 6 p.m.
Men’s Semifinal 2 – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10: Championship Games
Women’s Championship game – 2 p.m.
Men’s Championship game – 7 p.m.

WHERE:    
Orleans Arena
4500 West Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89103

ADMISSION:   
The Women’s All Session package (includes all women’s games) starts at $40 plus tax and fees, and the All Session package (includes all men’s and women’s games) starts at $85 plus tax and fees. Packages can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000; online at www.orleanscasino.com or www.ticketmaster.com; or in-person at gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines Celebrates its 90th Anniversary

 

Historic Photo of GCSA in 1927 in Red Butte located near the Grand Canyon National Park
(Photo Courtesy of John Dillon)


Current File Photo
(Photos Courtesy of Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines)  

GRAND CANYON SCENIC AIRLINES TO CELEBRATE 90TH ANNIVERSARY
THIS MONTH 

 This month marks the 90th anniversary of Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines (GCSA), the world’s longest-running aerial tour company.

To commemorate this special occasion, starting on Wednesday, Oct. 11, the first 90 people to book the Highlights Air Tour at the 3:30 p.m. departure time will be able to purchase the tour for just $90 per person.* This offer is applicable to any 3:30 p.m. Highlight Air Tour departure taking place during the following 90 day period, which ends on January 3, 2018. The 70-minute airplane tour departs from the Las Vegas area and showcases the Grand Canyon West Rim’s unique beauty and contours. Guests will also see spectacular views of Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, the Colorado River, and Grand Canyon West, including Guano Point, Eagle Point and a glimpse of the world-famous Skywalk from the air.

GCSA’S HISTORY
The story of Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines began in 1927. That year, Parker Van Zandt left his position at Ford Motor Company to pursue his dream of flying passengers from one rim of the Grand Canyon to the other. Along with investors, he began Scenic Airways which became one of the first operators to venture into the virtually untapped industry of aerial tourism. The company’s first commercial air tour took place on Oct. 3, 1927 in a 6-passenger Stinson Detroiter SM-1.

In this age before television, nationally distributed newspapers, magazines and the internet, most people in the United States (and across the world) had not seen the Grand Canyon, much less flown over it. With Scenic Airways’ launch, demand for Grand Canyon flights gradually increased. During this era, air tours were promoted for their novelty as well as their ability to bring tourists to the canyon.

On Nov. 1, 1928, Van Zandt announced Scenic Airways had purchased 278 acres of land in Phoenix for $125,000 and begun constructing the airport that would become Sky Harbor International Airport. That same month, Scenic Airways operated the first commercial flight from Sky Harbor to Rocky Point, Mexico.

But a tumultuous future awaited Scenic.

In August 1929, an economic recession caused investor funding to dry up leading to a steep decline in business. The Stock Market crashed on Oct. 29, 1929, ushering in the Great Depression. 

In 1930, although Scenic Airways was forced to close and liquidate its assets, Arizona Businessmen Jack Thornburg and Irving Kravitz resurrected Scenic Airways under a new name – Grand Canyon Airlines. The new business was incorporated in Arizona on April 29, 1931 with Grand Canyon Airlines operating commercial tours by May 1931.

Throughout the ‘30s and ‘40s, Grand Canyon Airlines would continue to change owners. By 1953, the Hudgins brothers purchased the fledging airline and would eventually sell the company to Elling Halvorson in 1966. At the time, Halvorson was the owner of a construction company charged with the large and logistically complex project of building a water pipeline from the North Rim to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Halvorson had initially used helicopters to transport lumber, piping and other materials over the canyon, reaching otherwise treacherous areas. Locals watching this construction take place began to ask if they, too, could fly across the canyon gorge via Halvorson’s helicopters. Recognizing the demand for such rides, Halvorson quickly developed aerial tour operations utilizing helicopters. He set his sights on adding airplanes and purchased Grand Canyon Airlines from the Hudgins family.

During this same time, John and Elizabeth Seibold founded Scenic Airlines (similar name but not related to Scenic Airways), which operated out of North Las Vegas, Nevada. They would eventually partner with Halvorson and Grand Canyon Airlines to cross-promote experiences in both the domestic and international tourism markets.    

Fast forward to the 2000s when Grand Canyon Airlines bought Scenic Airlines from the Seibolds to become Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines. In addition to flying daily tours to the Grand Canyon, GCSA added locations such as Antelope Canyon, Rainbow Bridge, Monument Valley, Horseshoe Bend and Tower Butte. Over the course of its 90-year history, the company evolved into the largest and longest-running aerial tour company and has flown more than 100 million passengers.

To see new interviews from GCSA executives regarding the anniversary, go to www.FlyGCSA.com.

*After the first 90 guests book at the special price of $90, the tour will return to its regular price of $104 per person.

ABOUT GRAND CANYON SCENIC AIRLINES
Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2017, Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines (GCSA) is the world’s largest and most experienced aerial tour operator. GCSA sets the industry standard for its fixed wing tours of Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Page, Arizona. The company carries approximately 300,000 passengers annually on sightseeing tours which offer narration in 16 languages. The company is family-owned and operated by Papillon Group. All flights begin departures as early at 5 a.m. and conclude as early as sunset. Tours are available 364 days of the year, closed only on Christmas Day. For more information., go to www.FlyGCSA.com or call (800) 634-6801 and follow on social media, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @FlyGCSA.

Maverick Helicopters and Pink Jeep Tours Launch Ultimate Grand Canyon Experience, Above, Below & Beyond Tour

 

 

 

 

 

Maverick Helicopters and Pink Jeep Tours Launch Ultimate
Grand Vanyon Experience, Above, Below & Beyond Tour
The one-of-a-kind excursion offers breathtaking ground and aerial views of the Grand Canyon West Rim

 

 

Award-winning helicopter operator, Maverick Helicopters, has partnered with leading off-road adventure company, Pink Jeep Tours, to offer a one-of-a-kind Grand Canyon sightseeing and aerial experience. Above, Below & Beyond Tour features highly-trained adventure guides and breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon West Rim from 3,500 feet below the rim, at the rim itself and aboard Maverick Helicopters’ state-of-the-art aircraft.

 

We are proud to partner with Pink Jeep Tours to offer this unique, up-close-and-personal adventure,” said Bryan Kroten, vice president of marketing at Maverick Helicopters. “The Grand Canyon is one of the most remarkable natural wonders in the world and is a must-see when visiting Las Vegas.”

 

The 10 to 11-hour excursion takes guests to the Grand Canyon West Rim on a personally guided and narrated excursion in Pink Jeep Tour’s iconic four-by-four Tour Trekker. Along the way, adventurers experience unsurpassed views of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree Forest. After arriving at the canyon, passengers will board Maverick Helicopters’ luxurious ECO-Star aircraft and descend 3,500 feet to a private landing site on Hualapai Indian Territory, 300 feet above the Colorado River.

“We are thrilled to introduce an innovative package with Maverick Helicopters that offers the ultimate Grand Canyon experience,” said Billy Johnson, president of Pink Jeep Tours Las Vegas. “Our professional guides paired with an intimate helicopter landing at the bottom of the canyon provides the perfect family-friendly and fun excursion.”

 

After the helicopter experience, guests have the opportunity to visit the Native American cultural exhibits of the Hualapai Nation and stop for photos at the Hoover Dam before heading back to Las Vegas. The adventure also includes hotel pick-up and drop-off, a barbecue lunch and unlimited bottled water.

 

Above, Below and Beyond Tour begins at $444 per person. For more information on Pink Jeep Tours or to book a reservation, please visit  www.pinkjeeptours.com. For more information on Maverick Helicopters, please visit flymaverick.com or call 702.405.4300.

 

About Maverick Helicopters

Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, flies more than 200,000 guests annually out of four locations: Las Vegas, Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon West Rim and Maui, Hawaii. The company operates the largest and youngest fleet of Airbus EC130/H130 ECO-Star helicopters with nearly 50 aircraft and holds the top safety record of any tourism-based aviation company in the world. Maverick Helicopters employs the industry’s top pilots and has received numerous accolades including the Federal Aviation Administration’s Award of Excellence “Diamond Award” 2011-2016; Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s “Best Air Tour Company” 2010-2017; TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” Hall of Fame 2011-2016; Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best Tour” in 2014 and 2016; and many more. In 2016, Maverick Helicopters celebrated 20 years of operation as one of the world’s leading tourism companies.

 

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About Pink Adventure Group

Founded in 1960 and based in Sedona, Arizona, Pink Adventure Group provides unique, unforgettable tour experiences in Sedona, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. With multiple awards and accolades, including “Voted Best” in Las Vegas for six years running, millions of visitors from around the world have discovered the Southwest’s don’t-miss thing to do. With a fleet of over 150 cutting edge vehicles, it remains the only tour company with guide trainers certified by the National Association for Interpretation, and the only tour company to use the Smith System® of Driving by all guides.

 

This National Hamburger Day, Arizona Last Stop to Offer Free Lottery Tickets with Signature Hamburger, 5/28

The World Famous All-American Hamburger
(Photo Courtesy of Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures)

EAT A BURGER, BECOME A MILLIONAIRE

THIS NATIONAL HAMBURGER DAY, ARIZONA LAST STOP TO OFFER
FREE LOTTERY TICKETS WITH ITS
WORLD FAMOUS ALL-AMERICAN HAMBURGER

Special Offer to Be Available Starting Sunday, May 28 to Sunday, June 4

 Hamburger lovers are invited to take a journey to eat a burger and have a chance to win millions.

Starting Sunday, May 28 – also known as National Hamburger Day – through Sunday, June 4, Arizona Last Stop will serve up “The World Famous All-American Hamburger” and including complimentary lottery tickets with every purchase of the burger.

Located just on the other side of Hoover Dam on the way to the Grand Canyon via US 93 South, Arizona Last Stop is world-renowned not only for its hamburgers, but also for being the closest location for Las Vegas visitors and residents who want to buy Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets. It also serves as a colorful stop for getting gas and last minute shopping for gifts and snacks.

As for the dish itself, The World Famous All-American Hamburger is cooked fresh to order. Guests can add organic vegetables and classic condiments including ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard. It is then served with an order of fresh-cut French fries made from a whole Russet potato. Vegetarian and chicken options are available. For one week in honor of National Hamburger Day, the hamburger and fries will be offered for $10. Say the phrase, “National Hamburger Day” and the guest will also receive one complimentary lottery ticket.

The World’s Longest Monster Truck, “The Sin City Hustler”
(Photo Courtesy of Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures)

For those hungry for adventure while they are out at Arizona Last Stop, guests who come out for the hamburger can also take a ride in the world’s longest monster truck. Certified by the Guinness World Book of Records, the “Sin City Hustler” measures more than 32 feet (9.8 meters) in length, seats up to 12 people and can simultaneously drive forward and sideways. The truck uses one gallon of gasoline per mile driven with four customized tires that are 43 inches across and 66 inches in height. The drive is quick but its take brave guests on dips that are as deep as 16 feet and up to 30 MPH. On National Hamburger Day, guests who book the Sin City Hustler are asked to book in groups of at least four. For that week only, for every three seats purchased, the fourth one will be free. The price per person is $15.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Arizona Last Stop is located at 20606 US-93, White Hills, AZ 86445. Arizona Last Stop is owned by Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures, the new adventure-company offering convenient access to a variety of all-American outdoor experiences, ranging from driving Razors and ATVs to the Colorado River to outdoor shooting ranges. Guests who book Razors, ATVs or outdoor shooting tours departing from Las Vegas in advance online or by phone for Sunday, May 28 will also receive a free lottery ticket, as well as $20 off any activities when they also mention, “National Hamburger Day.”

Click here for a full list of available outdoor activities.

ABOUT LAS VEGAS OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures (LVOA) is a new adventure-company offering convenient access to a variety of all-American outdoor experiences, with activities suitable for all ages and areas of interest. Options include ATV, Razor and Jeep tours to the Colorado River—the only tour through the Lake Mead National Recreation Area of its kind; an outdoor, military-style shooting range and thrill-inducing rides in the “Sin City Hustler,” the monster truck that holds the Guinness World Record for its truly monstrous length. With numerous available packages and combinations, LVOA tours include roundtrip transportation to and from most Las Vegas resorts and hotels; a visit to the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge for a breathtaking view of Hoover Dam, as well as a stick-to-your-ribs meal at the Arizona Last Stop featuring the World Famous All-American Hamburger—8-ounces of Angus beef, accompanied by fresh-cut fries and soda. For more information, like on Facebook, follow on Twitter or Instagram or call (702) 825-1411.

Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures Launches All-American Experiences for Adrenaline Seekers

LAS VEGAS OUTDOOR ADVENTURES OFFERS ALL-AMERICAN EXPERIENCES

TO ADRENALINE SEEKERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

-Custom tour packages can include any combination of:
– Exclusive ATV, Razor and Jeep tours to the Colorado Riverbunkers to choose from
– Outdoor, military-style shooting range—gun options range from handguns to the Barrett .50 Cal—with six custom

– Rides in the World’s Longest Monster Truckburger and fresh-cut fries serviced in the Last Stop Burger Bar
– Lunch featuring World-Famous All-American Hamburger—a classic, handmade, half-poundAngus beef all-American  burger and fresh-cut fries serviced in the Last Stop
 Burger Bar

 

Las Vegas visitors have a new all-encompassing way to make the most of the exhilarating outdoor recreational experiences the desert Southwest offers—Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures (LVOA). This new adventure-tour company offers convenient access to a variety of all-American outdoor experiences, with activities suitable for all ages and areas of interest.

What started as a quick stop restaurant and gas station on U.S. 93 just outside of Boulder City, Nevada—the route that takes travelers from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon—has grown into a hub for exhilarating adventures. Options include ATV, Razor and Jeep tours to the Colorado River—the only tour through the Lake Mead National Recreation Area of its kind; an outdoor, military-style shooting range and thrill-inducing rides in a monster truck that holds the Guinness World Record for its truly monstrous length.

With numerous packages available, LVOA tours include roundtrip transportation to and from most hotels in Las Vegas, a visit to the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge for a breathtaking view of Hoover Dam, as well as a stick-to-your-ribs meal in the Last Stop Burger Bar featuring the World Famous All-American Hamburger—8-ounces of Angus beef, accompanied by fresh-cut fries and soda.

Visitors can opt for single-activity tours or one that includes multiple experiences all in one day. For birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties and corporate groups, LVOA offers a variety of group-friendly adrenaline activities, which can be capped off with an open bar package at the Last Stop Burger Bar. Outdoors-loving couples even opt to get married on an LVOA tour, and have their nuptials take place on a scenic bluff overlooking the beautiful Colorado River.

Highlights of LVOA activities include:

Exclusive Trail to the Colorado River: LVOA offers the only chance to take a guided scenic motorized tour on the El Dorado Jeep Trail inside the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Options include ATVs, Polaris Razor 1000, dune buggies, Viking all-terrain vehicles and jeeps. Enjoy the 22-mile guided, roundtrip trail ride through rugged desert scenery, which includes a chance to cool off with a splash in the majestic Colorado River. Tours include helmets, gloves, goggles, lunch and bottled water.

Outdoor Shooting Range: Set outdoors in the expansive Mojave Desert, LVOA’s private range offers a unique “Desert Storm” atmosphere and six military-style bunkers. Guests can shoot automatic machine guns and other specialty weapons, including the Barrett .50 Cal Sniper Rifle, and the largest machine gun in the world: the Browning BMG .50 Cal (“The Deuce”). Now available as an upgrade to any package, the much sought-after Tannerite exploding targets. LVOA’s Range Safety Officers—certified former-military firearms instructors provide guidance for each shooting experience.


Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours: Enjoy a luxurious flight to the Grand Canyon aboard a VIP sightseeing helicopter, outfitted with forward-facing seats and 180 degrees of unrestricted panoramic views. Soar over Hoover Dam, the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and Black Canyon before descending below the rim of the majestic Grand Canyon. Passengers will be dazzled by the canyon’s monumental, multicolored geologic formations carved over millions of years by the Colorado River. Bus tours to the Grand Canyon are also available.

“Ride and Rifles” Harley-Davidson, Shooting Package: This package combines a shooting experience at Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures’ outdoor shooting range. Passengers are picked up from their Strip hotels and transferred to the Harley-Davidson store just minutes away. From there, they ride over the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and pause for the spectacular photo op of Hoover Dam. They continue onto the shooting range, just past Boulder City, Nevada, for their shooting experience before embarking on a self-guided tour of the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon or any other destination they desire.

“Monster Truck Mayhem”: Add a heart-stopping, shriek-inducing ride-along in the “Sin City Hustler,” which holds the Guinness World Record-winning entry for world’s longest monster truck—measuring 9.8 meters—to any adventure.

All activities may be combined with one another to create an unforgettable adventure itinerary. In addition, LVOA offers the chance to add on even more adrenaline to the agenda by combining a shooting experience or guided ATV ride with an American muscle car for 24 hours, a skydiving experience or a ride on a zipline.

New packages and activities will be announced later this spring.

Click here more information about Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures, visit, like on Facebook, follow on Twitter or Instagram or call (702) 825-1411.

Grand Canyon Helicopters Celebrates the Launch of Hoover Dam Tours

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From R to L: John Becker, Grand Canyon Helicopters; Jill Rowland-Lagan, Boulder City
Chamber of Commerce; Geoff Edlund, Grand Canyon Helicopters; Councilwoman Peggy
Leavitt and Irit Langness, Grand Canyon Helicopters (Photo credit: Isaac Brekken)

GRAND CANYON HELICOPTERS CELEBRATES THE LAUNCH OF HOOVER
DAM-AREA EXPERIENCES

WHAT:
Grand Canyon Helicopters recently announced the launch of its brand-new Hoover Dam-area tours, as well as the opening of the company’s seventh heliport located next to the Hoover Dam Lodge Hotel & Casino.

To mark this momentous occasion and celebrate the expansion of the company and its offerings, on Sept. 8, the company welcome an international delegation of more than 100 tourism-industry VIPs and media. With nearly 80 percent of its customer base being international visitors, Papillon invited the delegation to be the first to celebrate this milestone. Furthermore, due to the size of the expected number of attendees, the celebration took place at their Aerocenter.

The celebration included a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the terminal that marked the launch of the new Hoover Dam tours. Representatives from the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce were also in attendance, along with Councilwoman Peggy Leavitt.

Following the ribbon-cutting, the international delegation departed on helicopter tours to experience the new Hoover Dam tours. With these tours, Grand Canyon Helicopters makes it easier than ever for guests to have an unforgettable “flightseeing” experience of the world-famous Hoover Dam at an exceptional value. With the new heliport, Grand Canyon Helicopters now flies guests closer to the dam than any other tour operator and offers breathtaking views of not only the dam, but also Lake Mead and the rugged, volcanic terrain of Black Canyon.

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Click here for descriptions of the new tours. Flights can be booked the same day either by making the reservation in person at the Hoover Dam heliport or online at www.papillon.com/dam. Flights begin as early as 9 a.m. and continue until sunset.

WHO:
Founded in 1965, Papillon Group (French for “butterfly”) is the world’s largest and longest-running aviation tour company with more than 600,000 passengers served annually on 78 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views beyond imagination. Family-owned and operated, its brands include Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines and Grand Canyon Coaches. Papillon is the only company that flies the entire length of the Grand Canyon, with bases in Las Vegas; Boulder City; Hoover Dam; Grand Canyon West; Grand Canyon National Park and Page, Arizona.

Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines Now Exclusively Offers Airplane Flights, Tours to Bar 10 Ranch

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GRAND CANYON SCENIC AIRLINES BECOMES EXCLUSIVE PROVIDER OF
AIRPLANE FLIGHTS, TOURS FOR BAR 10 RANCH

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Papillon Group’s Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines is launching its newest adventure, flying guests from Las Vegas to Bar 10 Ranch at the Grand Canyon’s Northern rim. Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines will be the exclusive provider for roundtrip flights.

Known as the Grand Canyon North Air/Ground Tour, guests will be picked up in Las Vegas via complimentary shuttle service to bring them to the Boulder City Aerocenter. From there, guests will board an airplane, from which they will enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Colorado River—the heart of the Grand Canyon. The airplane will land at the landing strip of Bar 10 Ranch where guests will experience a guided ground tour on a Polaris Ranger. Next, they will travel through Whitmore Canyon and Lake Mead Recreation Area to reach an exclusive vantage point of Grand Canyon National Park. The tour concludes with a homemade Dutch oven barbecue lunch. The tour duration is approximately seven to eight hours, including round-trip hotel shuttle transportation. Self-guided ATV upgrades are also available for an additional $65 per person. Guests wishing to extend their excursion and stay at Bar 10 overnight will also enjoy horseback riding, dinner and evening entertainment. The day trip price per adult begins at $324 and $304 per child (ages 2 to 11). The overnight excursion price begins at $599 per person.

Keeping with the ambience of the ranch, accommodation options include a 2-person covered wagon or a 4-person bunk room. On the next day, breakfast will be served, followed by free time for various activities such as skeet shooting, beach volleyball and ping pong before returning to Las Vegas.

BAR 10 RANCH
Bar 10 Ranch is world-renowned as the ideal beginning and ending point for river rafting adventures along the Colorado River. Owned by the Heaton family since the 1970s, staff at Bar 10 Ranch pride themselves on offering a personalized, warm experience for each and every guest. The late Tony Heaton and his wife, Ruby founded the ranch. Since then, their four sons and two daughters have been actively involved in cattle ranching and building upon and maintaining the ranch. Today, the Heaton family owns more than 10,000 acres of grazing rights on BLM and Arizona State lands.

Due to its remote location, the family added an airstrip to the property. This addition coincided with the time period when tourists began running the Colorado River in rubber rafts. In many cases, these tourists were exhausted after being on the river for up to seven days. The Heatons made their ranch a welcoming place, where river runners could go to recover, eat home-cooked meals and return to Las Vegas via airplane. Despite Bar 10 being a river rafting destination, it still remains a working cattle ranch today.

*The tour will be available through Nov. 20 and not available on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of November.

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ABOUT GRAND CANYON SCENIC AIRLINES
Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines is the world’s largest and most experienced aerial tour operator. Founded in 1967, Scenic sets the industry standard for its fixed wing tours of Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Page, Ariz. The company carries approximately 300,000 passengers annually on sightseeing tours which offer narration in 16 languages. Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines is owned by Papillon Group. For more information, go to www.Scenic.com or call (800) 634-6801.

 

MAD RIVER RAFTING TOURS JACKSON HOLE BEGIN MAY 16 FOR THE 2015 SEASON

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MAD RIVER RAFTING TOURS JACKSON HOLE BEGIN MAY 16 FOR THE 2015 SEASON

Roster of Tours Includes Whitewater and Scenic Float Experiences, Something for Everyone Ages 4 to 104

Departing just two miles south of the town square in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Mad River Boat Trips offer signature whitewater rafting adventures as well as relaxing, scenic float trips, meaning just about anyone can enjoy exciting Snake River recreation experiences this season. Beginning May 16 and running through Sept. 27, the outfitter offers a roster of river trips ranging from tranquil to wild and exhilarating, great for families, couples and groups of all kinds. Even wedding parties are swapping out the traditional post-wedding day brunch for a memorable group river trip on the mighty Snake River.

Two new early- and late-season specialty trips, available May 31 – June 26 and again Aug. 23 – Sept. 7, give riders more leisurely time on the river than typical tours. Recommended for ages 6 and older, the Snake River Half-Day Tours (5 hours door-to-door) and Snake River Full-Day Tours (8 hours door-to-door) take the classic Snake River whitewater trip and pause for a Dutch Oven chili lunch at Mad River’s exclusive Blind Canyon river access. The chili comes with cornbread, Dutch Oven cobbler for dessert and hot and cold beverages. Vegetarian guests may be accommodated with advance notice. The relaxing time spent riverside on this adventure sets it apart from all other Mad River trips—guests can read a book, play outdoor games, roast marshmallows or simply unwind while waiting for lunch to be served. The full-day trip launches at 8:30 a.m. daily and costs $99 per adult and $79 per child; the half-day trip launches at 10:30 a.m. daily and costs $89 per adult and $79 per child. Check in is required 30 minutes in advance of launch time.

Other specialty trips available in the 2015 season, include:

Snake River Whitewater/National Park Sunset Wildlife Tour
See some bison and catch some rapids on this classic whitewater experience down the Grand Canyon of the Snake River. In addition, guests will roam the Antelope Flats in search of bison, elk, moose, bald eagles, coyotes, antelope and more. Stop for dinner on the deck of Signal Mountain Lodge while marveling at the spectacular views of the Teton Mountain Range. After dinner, head back to Jackson along the wooded Moose-Wilson road, home to North American moose and other wildlife. This tour is 8 hours door-to-door, departs daily at noon and costs $219 per adult and $175 per child.

Backcountry Horseback Ride/Small Boats Whitewater Tour
From the back of a well-mannered and mountain-wise horse, view the majestic Gros Ventre Wilderness and breathtaking views of the Teton Mountain Range. Enjoy a serene perspective on the Snake River while keeping eyes open for wildlife in its natural habitat. Next, board a small boat for a wild ride and thrilling whitewater on the Snake River. Passengers on the 8-person small boats are sure to get wet, no matter where they sit, but it’ll be a ride not soon forgotten. This tour is 7 hours door-to-door, departs daily at 9 a.m. and costs $147 per adult and $137 per child.

Different tours have different dates of availability throughout the season. To check schedules and make reservations, go to www.Mad-River.com or call (800) 458-7238.

ABOUT MAD RIVER BOAT TRIPS
Mad River Boat Trips is a river outfitter in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Offering whitewater trips and scenic floats daily during summer since 1977, Mad River offers guests extraordinary recreation on the recently designated Wild and Scenic Snake River. The Snake River begins its journey in the rugged backcountry of Yellowstone National Park and gathers water as it heads south toward Jackson Hole through Grand Teton National Park. The river exits the south end of Jackson Hole through the winding Snake River Canyon, lined with trees and steep granite walls, small alpine meadows and abundant wildlife. It’s on this section of the Snake River where guests travel down a wild and scenic river, which is a rarity in the Rocky Mountains—it’s an experience not to be missed. For more information, visit www.Mad-River.comwww.Facebook.com/MadRiverBoatTrips or follow on Twitter @MadRiverJH.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world. The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures. For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.comwww.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts or follow on Twitter: @ForeverResorts.

 

Photos: World debut of Papillon Group’s Golden Helicopter at 50th Anniversary

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PAPILLON GROUP’S GOLDEN “COPTER 50” OFFICIALLY UNVEILED
DURING 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

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WHAT:
For the first time, Papillon Group unveiled its “Golden Helicopter” via a stunning 5-helicopter formation.

The Golden Helicopter, also known as “Copter 50,” debuted at Papillon’s Boulder City Aerocenter on Thursday, April 16. The ceremonial formation symbolized five decades of operation as the world’s largest and longest-running helicopter tour company. On board the helicopters were three generations of the Halvorson family, including Elling Halvorson, founder and chairman of the board, Papillon Group. Once the helicopters landed, the Hualapai Nation officially blessed the brand-new Airbus H130T2 helicopter. The event concluded with a Champagne toast.

More than 250 guests attended, including dignitaries, community leaders and industry influencers, as well as nearly 100 Papillon employees. Guests, employees and dignitaries were dressed in gold and white as part of the festive occasion.

WHY:
Papillon Group, the world’s largest and longest-running helicopter tour company is celebrating its 50th anniversary and unveiling its Golden Helicopter, also known as “Copter 50.”

WHO:
The company’s story began in 1965, thanks to the vision of Elling Halvorson, who was a young contractor at the time charged with building a 13.5-mile-long water pipeline from the North Rim to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. During this project, Halvorson was first introduced to helicopters, which he used to lower sections of pipeline into place. Upon completion of the project, he recognized the incredible opportunity to utilize helicopters for air tours and Grand Canyon Helicopters was born. The company would go on to make history by becoming one of the first aerial sightseeing companies in the world and the first helicopter tour operator to fly the Grand Canyon.

Halvorson’s daughter, Brenda, and son, Lon, both joined the company in the late ’80s. Brenda Halvorson has served as president and chief executive officer of Papillon Group for the past two decades while her brother, Lon Halvorson, has served as executive vice president, overseeing fleet acquisition and financing. The company is now welcoming a third generation of family into the business to ensure the legacy continues.

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WHERE:
Boulder City Aerocenter
1265 Airport Rd.
Boulder City, NV 89005

ONLINE LINKS:
www.Papillon.com
www.Facebook.com/Papillon
www.Twitter.com/IFlyPapillon
www.Instagram.com/IFlyPapillon

Papillon Group’s to debut Golden Helicopter during 50th anniversary celebration on April 16

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PAPILLON GROUP’S GOLDEN HELICOPTER TO MAKE OFFICIAL DEBUT
DURING 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ON THURSDAY, APRIL 16

One-of-a-Kind Helicopter to Make Extraordinary Arrival Via 5-Aircraft Formation

 For the first time, Papillon Group will unveil its “Golden Helicopter” on Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m. The celebration will be the culmination of 50 years of hard work from three generations of one family.

The Golden Helicopter, also known as “Copter 50,” will arrive at Papillon’s Boulder City Aerocenter* via a 5-helicopter formation. This ceremonial formation symbolizes five decades of operation as the world’s largest and longest-running helicopter tour company. On board the helicopters will be three generations of the Halvorson family, including Elling Halvorson, chairman and founder, Papillon Group. Once the helicopters have landed, members of the Hualapai tribe will officially bless the brand-new helicopter. More than 250 guests are expected, including dignitaries, community leaders and industry influencers, as well as nearly 100 Papillon employees.

“This dazzling helicopter was created to commemorate our golden anniversary and to celebrate the greatest aviation team in the tourism industry,” says Brenda Halvorson, president and chief executive officer, Papillon Group.

Beginning Thursday, April 23, the Golden Helicopter will be entered into Papillon’s regular tour rotation and utilized throughout 2015.

Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority adds, “I’m pleased to recognize and congratulate Papillon Group on its 50th anniversary. The vision of Elling Halvorson helped bring a whole new type of attraction to Las Vegas – aerial tours. Papillon helped make Las Vegas the true gateway to the Grand Canyon and provide our visitors with an exhilarating new way to see the sights in and around Southern Nevada. Congratulations on 50 years and best wishes for many more.”

The concept of a symbolic 50th anniversary helicopter was several years in the making. The unique gold livery with red eagle is a reversal of Papillon’s traditional red livery with the gold eagle. The original livery was designed by Airbus Helicopters, along with Papillon executives, in 2002 as a throwback to the original Grand Canyon helicopter logo designed by Elling Halvorson in 1965. The interior package for this helicopter was created and manufactured by Andy Mirabelli, owner, American Aircraft Interiors. The Airbus H130T2 is a light, single-engine helicopter equipped with the latest navigation and safety technology and a spacious modular cabin that can accommodate one pilot plus up to seven passengers. It is the quietest helicopter on the market: its Fenestron tail rotor and automatic variable rotor speed control result in a significantly reduced external sound level.

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PAPILLON’S HISTORY
The company’s story began in 1965, thanks to the vision of Elling Halvorson, who was a young contractor at the time charged with building a 13.5-mile-long water pipeline from the North Rim to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. During this project, Halvorson was first introduced to helicopters, which he used to lower sections of pipeline into place. Upon completion of the project, he recognized the incredible opportunity to utilize helicopters for air tours and Grand Canyon Helicopters was born. The company would go on to make history by becoming one of the first aerial sightseeing companies in the world and the first helicopter tour operator to fly the Grand Canyon. Years later, as the company expanded into Hawaiian tour operations, it adopted the name Papillon Helicopters, which still remains to this day.

Halvorson’s daughter, Brenda, and son, Lon, both joined the company in the late ’80s. Brenda Halvorson has served as president and CEO of Papillon Group for the past two decades while her brother, Lon Halvorson, has served as executive vice president, overseeing fleet acquisition and financing. Together, they have increased Papillon’s daily passenger volume by more than 600 percent and grown the fleet of aircraft from 23 to 75 in the past 20 years. The company is now welcoming a third generation of family into the business to ensure the legacy continues.

ABOUT PAPILLON GROUP
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, Papillon (French for “butterfly” and pronounced pah-peh-YOHN) is the world’s largest and longest-running helicopter tour company with 3,500 passengers served daily on 75 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views beyond imagination. Family owned and operated, its brands include Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Airlines, Scenic Airlines and Grand Canyon Coaches. Papillon is also one of the few companies that fly the entire Grand Canyon, including the South and West rims, Las Vegas and Page, Ariz. Tours afford maximum flight time, enabling guests to fully discover the Grand Canyon’s great wilderness and scenic attractions. For more information, go to www.Papillon.com or find on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

World’s Longest Running Helicopter Tour Company Celebrates 50 Years

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CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary for The Papillon Group (pronounced pah-pe-YOHN), the world’s largest and longest running helicopter tour company.

ELLING HALVORSON’S VISION
The company’s story began in 1965, thanks to the vision of Elling Halvorson. At that time, Halvorson owned a construction company specializing in remote area, high risk projects with challenging logistics. Halvorson took pride in mitigating risks through creativity and innovation. He was in the midst of a project to construct a microwave tower for AT&T atop the 9,400 foot Echo Summit in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when Halvorson purchased his first helicopter, a Bell 47-G3B1. This helicopter was used to carry workers and light construction materials more efficiently through the treacherous mountain terrain than the 1.5 mile tramway he had previously built.

The project that changed the course of Halvorson’s career involved constructing a 13.5-mile-long water pipeline from the North Rim to the South Rim of the rugged Grand Canyon. At that time, it was largest contract the National Park Service had ever awarded. Today, this project remains the largest helicopter-supported construction project ever completed in the United States with more than 25,000 flight hours. As Halvorson and his team flew colleagues and clients to work sites within the canyon, the majestic scenery was so captivating that workers began requesting chartered helicopter flights during off hours. Halvorson recognized the golden opportunity that lay in front of him and Papillon was born. The company would make history by becoming one of the first aerial sightseeing companies in the world and the first to fly the Grand Canyon.

“I don’t think there’s any one secret to success,” Elling Halvorson muses. “It is being able to see an opportunity and having the courage to act on it.” From the beginning, innovation has been one of Halvorson’s primary objectives. Shortly after forming in 1965, Halvorson acquired a fixed-wing company, Grand Canyon Airlines. The move added six Piper Cherokee 6 airplanes to the existing helicopter fleet. He was a pioneer in developing quiet technology for the helicopter tour industry and his innovation challenged the leading helicopter manufacturers to address the need for quiet aircraft. It was his vision that led to the building of Papillon’s renowned state of the art helicopter terminals and facilities located at Grand Canyon National Park Airport and later at the Las Vegas/Boulder City Municipal Airport.

He was a co-founder of the Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS) in 1986, whose members abide by strict, self-imposed regulations that go above and beyond Federal Aviation Administration standards for operational procedures, pilot training and aircraft maintenance. Furthermore, throughout the years, he has played active roles in numerous professional organizations including the Helicopter Association International (HAI), National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA); American Helicopter Society; National Parks Overflight Advisory Group (NPOAG), U.S. Travel Association and United States Air Tour Association (USATA). In January, he received the esteemed Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award during the 12th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards.

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THE COMPANY GROWS
By spring 1986, his daughter, Brenda Halvorson, joined the company. After growing up in the industry and around helicopters, the transition into Papillon was seamless, as it was always Halvorson’s goal to create a business that would stay within the family. She became President/CEO in 1993. During Brenda Halvorson’s more than 20 years as President/CEO of the Papillon Group, the companies have exponentially grown. Daily passengers have increased by 600 percent in the last two decades. The fleet of helicopters and airplanes has increased from 23 to 73 with the help of her brother’s, Lon, expertise in financing. He also currently serves as executive vice president of The Papillon Group.

Over the years and under Brenda Halvorson’s leadership, Papillon would continue to expand, forming partnerships with the Havasupai Nation, Hualapai Nation and Navajo Nations, as well as launching and increasing operations out of Grand Canyon National Park Airport at the South Rim, Grand Canyon West; McCarran International Airport; Boulder City Municipal Airport and Lake Powell/Page, Ariz. In addition, a utility division was formed to serve contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Game and Fish and many others.

The family continued to acquire multiple brands and companies including Kenai Helicopters; Air Grand Canyon; Scenic Airlines; Grand Canyon.com and Grand Canyon Coaches. In addition to expanding the company, she served as president of the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and United States Travel Association; she received the Grand Canyon National Park Citizen of the Year and co-founded the first fire department in Tusayan, Ariz. She also continues to be active in TOPS and HAI.

Brenda Halvorson continues to be at the helm of the Papillon Group as the companies transition to a third generation. Her son, Geoff Edlund, joined the company as general manager of Nevada Helicopter Operations while her nephew, Jacob Tomlin, now serves as general manager of Nevada Fixed Wing Operations.

“Papillon’s 50th anniversary is a great source of pride for my family. Our legacy is our greatest asset moving forward,” says Brenda Halvorson. “Our goal is for Papillon to continue to grow through diversifying our tour experiences, being innovative within the aviation and tourism industries and protecting the environment as we remain on the forefront of advancing quiet technology.”

THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
This spring, Papillon will announce special offers and promotions that will be available in conjunction with its anniversary, as well as details regarding their golden celebrations taking place in Boulder City, Nev. on April 16; Grand Canyon National Park on April 17 and Page, Ariz. on April 18.

GRAND TOTALS
Miles flown in 50 years: 99,811,170
Passengers flown: 7,053,365
Tours: 1,489,835
Hours flown: 995,467

ABOUT THE PAPILLON GROUP
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, Papillon (French for “butterfly”) is the world’s largest and longest running “flightseeing” company with up to 3,500 passengers served daily, narration in 16 languages and nearly 73 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views beyond imagination. Family owned and operated, its brands include Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Airlines, Scenic Airlines and Grand Canyon Coaches. Papillon is also one of the few companies that fly the entire Grand Canyon, including the South and West rims, home to the world-famous Skywalk, in addition to Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam and Page, Ariz. Tours afford maximum flight time, enabling guests to fully discover Grand Canyon’s great wilderness and scenic attractions. For more information, go to www.Papillon.com or find on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

UNLV MEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Begin Conference Play Sunday, Hosts Grand Canyon

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UNLV MEN’S SOCCER BEGINS WAC PLAY SUNDAY, HOSTS GRAND CANYON

Rebels are 4-1-1 on their home field this season


The UNLV men’s soccer team looks to continue its recent success as it hosts Grand Canyon in the WAC season opener for both teams on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 1 pm at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The game is part of a doubleheader with the UNLV women’s team, who will play San Jose State first at 10:30 am that morning.

Tickets are $8 for adults, while children 12 and under are always free to UNLV soccer games. The construction at the soccer facility that impacted the parking for the first month has been completed as well, and the newly expanded parking space are now available.
       
The game will have both a live video stream and Gametracker available, which can be accessed at UNLVRebels.com.

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