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NVIS and Tank Equipped Sikorsky S-61N Aircraft Battling Fires in Western Canada

 For the 2024 wildfire season, ݮƵ has upgraded two of its Sikorsky S61N helicopters with enhanced firefighting capabilities. Both aircraft are now equipped with a Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) and a belly tank with a carrying capacity of 900 US gallons, which enable the crew to operate at night wearing Night Vision […]

Antarctic Support Contracts are Back in Action

Summer has arrived in Antarctica and ݮƵ’ support contracts are back in full swing. We have been providing helicopter service in support of scientific research activities in Antarctica for over 30 years.    Activities take place during Antarctica’s summer months and may include ship-to-shore shuttles, radar and LIDAR surveys, meteorite hunting, ice reconnaissance, aerial filming/photography, […]

Topflight Assists with Rescue of Hiker Cornered by a Wildfire

When a hiker was trapped by the Crater Creek wildfire in Cathedral Park, BC, ݮƵ’ sister company Topflight Elite Training and Charters was called upon to assist.  Topflight Instructor Adam Sloan and two members of Penticton Search and Rescue took approximately four hours to complete the rescue using an Airbus AS350B3e.   The rescue took […]

Congratulations to the SkyAlyne Team!

It was recently announced that SkyAlyne was selected as the preferred bidder to deliver the Government of Canada’s Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) Program. The FAcT Program is mandated to provide military pilot and aircrew training for the Royal Canadian Airforce and will replace and expand on two existing training programs: The NATO Flying Training in […]

Fleet Updates

ݮƵ’ engineers have been hard at work this past winter working on upgrades to the company’s fleet.   Pictured above is GOKL (Bell 212) after undergoing some major aircraft and avionics upgrades.   The fleet is looking good and is ready for a busy summer season ahead.

Humanitarian Support for Families in Ukraine.

When ݮƵ’ employees donated to the Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal Fund, the company matched the donation to make a total donation of $15,170.00 to help those affected by the war in Ukraine.  As we head into winter, our thoughts remain with the families and communities impacted during these troubling times.

Celebrating 75 Years (1947-2022)

  2022 is a monumental year in ݮƵ’ history.  On April 18th of this year, ݮƵ celebrated the 75th Anniversary of its incorporation. Our story began in 1947 when three Royal Canadian Air Force veterans (Barney Bent, Carl Agar, and Alf Stringer) purchased a Bell 47B3 helicopter, call sign CF-FZX, and founded Okanagan […]

Antarctic Operations Makes the News

ݮƵ and its subsidiaries have been providing helicopter transportation service to Antarctic scientific research expeditions for the past four decades.    The research projects involve a variety of activities including base building, ship support, a variety of LIDAR and Aeromagnetic surveys,  Meteorite hunting and ice reconnaissance.    ݮƵ has worked with a number of research […]

Support to Arctic and Antarctic Exploration Expeditions

ݮƵ provides helicopter support to Arctic and Antarctic exploration expeditions.   We have been operating in the Arctic since the early 1960s and in Antarctica since 1979.   Pictured above is an AS355N on board an adventure and exploration cruise ship currently operating in Antarctica.  ݮƵ provides all operations and maintenance support including pilots and […]

Sikorsky S-61N Aircraft Ready for Service in Canada

Two of ݮƵ’ Sikorsky S-61N helicopters recently returned to Canada at the conclusion of an overseas contract.  Pictured above, GJQN is being offloaded at the Edmonton International Airport.    The aircraft have undergone maintenance updates and are ready for service in Canada; one has already been busy supporting fire suppression activities in Quebec.  The S-61N […]

Topflight is a BC Export Award Recipient!

COVID-19

Topflight Rescue – Pincushion Mountain

Topflight Elite Training and Charters was happy to assist in a Class D rescue operation in Peachland on Friday August 28.
Working with Penticton Search and Rescue, Topflight evacuated a hiker from the top of Pincushion Mountain.

COVID-19

March 24, 2020 – ݮƵ and its partner companies have taken strong action against COVID-19. The company has briefed its employees on safe health practices and is keeping its employees current on relevant and credible information. We have taken steps to minimize the risk of infection to our employees, customers and the general public in all provinces and territories and at our international locations.