Helicopters, Pilots and Engineers
Impeccable experience and maintenance
All our helicopters and pilots are provided by West Coast Helicopters (WCH). We have been working with them for the past 10 years and are extremely happy with their level of service, attention to detail and their contribution to our over all safety standards in every respect.
From the perspective of Bella Coola Heli Sports, the helicopter pilots are as important as the guides in mitigating the risks of helicopter skiing. After all, pilots are ultimately responsible for all aspects of safety with regards to the operation of the helicopter and they are the key to conducting an effective and speedy rescue should that ever become necessary.
All the WCH pilots that fly for BCHS have many of hours of flying experience, including special training in mountain flying and heli skiing operations. They also participate in the annual guides training program prior to the start of the heli skiing season, including the mock rescue scenario conducted at that time.
Our heli skiing is mostly done with a ASTAR B2s at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Eagle Lodge and Foster's Heli Ranch. At Pantheon we often use a Bell 205. The helicopters are regularly serviced by certified mechanics. While flying, the pilots are in constant communication with both the guides and a radio dispatcher at base. In addition, all helicopters are equipped with emergency locators and are tracked by both satellite and the radio dispatcher every minute of the ski day, meaning we know at all times exactly where the helicopters are at any given moment.