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.

Halverson fmily with Grand Canyon 50

Halverson fmily with Papillon “Copter 50”

Papillon line up

Papillon line up

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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