Papillon unveils Golden “Copter 50”
The Papillon Group has unveiled its Golden Copter 50 during its 50th anniversary celebration.
The Golden Helicopter, also known as “Copter 50,” debuted at Papillon’s Boulder City Aerocenter on 16 April.
The company flew a five ship formation during the celebration, including the new Golden helicopter.
On board the helicopters were three generations of the Halvorson family, including Elling Halvorson, founder and chairman of t, 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 100 Papillon employees. Guests, employees and dignitaries were dressed in gold and white as part of the festive occasion.
The company began in 1965, when Elling Halvorson was given a contract to build a pipeline from the North Rim to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon using helicopters to move sections of pipe.