Recent News and updates
In support of the Local H.E.R.O. Foundation
Featuring Chef Michael Smith
The Local H.E.R.O. Foundation is proud to present its inaugural East Coast Lobster Party, a fundraiser to help keep HERO 1 in the air and saving lives. The Foundation funds the only Fort McMurray based helicopter providing emergency medical helicopter services 24/7 in Northeastern Alberta.
Join us the evening of Saturday March 4th 2017 in the Grand Ballroom at Shell Place where world renowned Canadian chef Michael Smith and friends will host a memorable evening of maritime feasting and fun. There will be a variety of fun ways to participate in donating to this critical program.
Dress code is casual.
Sponsorship opportunities are available, call 780-799-0141 to support our life saving team.
Our new H130 is back to work with a fresh paintjob and we’ve put together a video of the painting process:
Phoenix Heli-Flight recently hosted a Turbomeca engine course at our facility. Professional training directly from the manufacturer of our helicopter engines is a fundamental aspect of our approach to safe and reliable flight operations.
The Local H.E.R.O. Foundation’s new EC135 T2e was officially unveiled on July 15th, and is now nearly ready to enter into service in the region. Take a look at the aircraft being painted and assembled, a walk-through of it at the factory, and a video put together by Shaw TV Fort McMurray of the unveiling ceremony.
We’ve been very busy this spring, and we’ve captured some great footage of training and missions that we’ll be posting to YouTube in the near future. Here are a few screenshots:
Hover Exit Training
Water Bucket Training
Phoenix Heli-Flight and the Local HERO Foundation would like to thank the Fort McMurray Tarsands Lions Club for their generous donation to the Local HERO Foundation! It is the support of community groups such as the Tarsands Lions Club which proves that the community believes in the value of the dedicated medevac helicopter program.
The EC175 helicopter which had been engaged in cold weather testing in the Canadian Arctic returned to Phoenix Heli-Flight today. The helicopter stopped for a fuel on its way back to Edmonton, where it will be loaded back onto the Antonov AN-124 cargo aircraft which brought it to Canada.
It has been a busy few months for the Local HERO Foundation’s medevac helicopter, HERO 1. Since receiving Transport Canada approval to begin night operations on December 19th, 2013 HERO 1 has been dispatched 25 times. Reinforcing the need for a medevac helicopter available 24/7 is the fact that 7 of the medevac flights have been at night. While donations have begun to come in, the Local HERO Foundation still requires much more funding to ensure the future of the program. Please follow this link to support the HERO 1 medevac helicopter: www.phoenixheliflight.com/hero/
On Sunday, January 26th an EC175 stopped at Phoenix for fuel. The new aircraft was headed to Yellowknife and then on to cold weather testing in the Canadian Arctic.
Phoenix Heli-Flight has commissioned Mike Lavallee of Killer Paint to put the final touches on the brand new EC135T2+ that is expected to be delivered in February of this year. Mike is an accomplished artist and we are excited to see his world renowned airbrush talent bring the aircraft to life.