Heli-Tours Costa Rica History
Heli Tours Costa Rica may not be an air service company that you have heard of before, but it is backed by over 45 years of aviation experience in both Costa Rica and Canada.
Zimmer Air Services Inc.
Zimmer Air Services is a Canadian Helicopter Operation that has been in continuous operation from 3 bases in Ontario since 1981. We hold Transport Canada Aerial Work (702), Air Taxi - Helicopter (703), and Flight Training (426) Operating Certificates.
In addition to our flight authorizations, Zimmer Air has held an Airworthiness Maintenance Organization Certificate (AMO) 157-92 since the implementation of the Canadian Aviation Regulations, and prior to that change in Canadian Regulations aligning them with the US FAR Regulations, we operated a commercial maintenance facility under the Engineering and Inspection, (E&I) Manual overseen by Transport Canada.
For more information on our Canadian operations visit our websites.
Volar Helicopters SA
Volar Helicopters is a Costa Rica aviation service company that has been in operation in Costa Rica since 2007. They are certified by the DGAC which is the governing body in Costa Rica that is equivalent to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US, and Transport Canada (TC) in Canada, to operate aircraft in the Aerial Work, and Air Taxi categories. Volar also holds an aviation certificate under DGAC authorization for aircraft maintenance, under the name of A & H Aviation S.A.
Volar Helicopters, through their strict adherence to regulatory and safety standards, have gained the widespread respect and acceptance of their customers and competitors.
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The combination of these two experienced companies have allowed HELI TOURS COSTA RICA to offer a Premium Helicopter Tour Service, dedicated to the emerging tourist market in Costa Rica and in particular, Guanacaste Province.
Green Star Helicopter
The Airbus AS350 Series of helicopters are used all over the world in tourism for their comfort, safety and reliability. The all forward facing 6 passenger seating configuration allows for unobstructed views of the spectacular sights you came to Costa Rica to see.
The AS350BAFX helicopter that Sunquest Helitours has chosen to use is a modified version of the BA model which utilizes the Honeywell LTS101-700D-2 engine producing 732 SHP for take-off, and the same weight carrying capacity of the AS350B2 Model equipped with the Turbomeca Arriel engine which produces 712 SHP.
Additional benefits of the conversion is a slight increase in power margins, reduced fuel consumption of up to 10%, as well as a lower noise signature at ground idle; all beneficial to your experience and the environment.
For added passenger comfort, all aircraft are equipped with air conditioning, sliding rear passenger door(s) for ease of entry and exit, and Bose noise cancelling headsets. An interior/exterior video recording system offers passengers an optional video file of the flight.
Safety features include, shoulder harness restraint systems for each passenger, aircraft Satellite tracking device, Satellite telephone, and enhanced navigational systems.
- Multi-blade Rotor System for a smooth ride.
- Large forward and side facing windows for maximum viewing.
- All forward facing seats. No restricted views.
- Sliding Passenger doors for easy entry/exit.
- Pilot-Passenger voice activated communication with Bose noise cancelling headset technology.
- Air conditioned comfort.
The pilots Sunquest Heli-tours Costa Rica have chosen to take you on your tour or flight are seasoned, worldly experienced helicopter pilots. Some are Canadian citizens, trained in Canada to some of the highest safety standards in the world. Others are Costa Rican nationals that have flown on helicopter missions in Costa Rica for many years and have been assessed by our Chief Flying Instructor, or Chief Pilot to ensure an equivalent level of competence and safety has been achieved.
Regardless of their advanced experience, every pilot receives annual flight training on each model of aircraft they are assigned to fly, as well as specific missions training. For tourism flights that involve flying in rugged mountain terrain, where the possibility of cloud, rain and the potential for reduced visibility exists, enhanced training in instrument flight, situational awareness, variable wind, and diverse elevated terrain will be conducted.
Upon completion of the training, a Pilot Proficiency Check will be carried out to meet our rigorous safety standards, and mandated regulatory standards of the governing body of Costa Rica , the DGAC, as well as Canadian Aviation Regulations, CAR’s, which is equivalent to the US FAA FAR’s.
All of our pilots are stewards of the Costa Rican environment and appreciate the cultural diversity of the country. Although they may not all be Costa Rican born, they have received training in the countries diversity, culture, history, geography, flora and fauna, and will be happy to answer any questions to the best of their ability.