In 1990, we started Heli Skiing operations in Himachal Pradesh by wet-leasing SA 315B Lamas from Switzerland and Canada. Eventually, Himalayan Heli Services was established in 2002 to cater the rising demand in pilgrimage shuttle services. We then set new standards in conducting cost effective and passenger-friendly services at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, Shri Amarnath ji and Shri Kedarnath ji shrines.
Eager to push the limits of helicopter applications, from 2009 we started conducting low altitude heliborne geophysical surveys for Atomic Mineral Directorate-AMD, and National Geophysical Research Institute-NGRI. Today we have covered more than 200,000+ line kms in surveys. In 2013, we did the first heliborne powerline stringing project in India for Sterlite Power. Today, we are technically able to take on any kind of aerial work project.
Recently, in 2016-17, we were hired by Sterlite Power and Erickson Inc. USA to help import and operate the S-64 E Sky crane helicopter for the first time in India. The helicopter was deployed in Jammu & Kashmir for construction of powerline transmission towers by Sterlite Power.
The experience gained by our promoters, Mr. Harsh Vardhan Sharma and Mr. Wangchuk Shamshu, over the years has given a thorough and nuanced understanding of the Indian non-scheduled civil aviation market, and related policies and regulations. Leading the team from the front, they specialize in aviation consulting and work with a range of corporate and foreign clientele. They create partnerships for projects in India through joint ventures, where we provide AOC support, give policy guidance and devise logistical support solutions.
Non scheduled air transport operator’s Permit NSOP No. 01/2002 was obtained on 18.01.2002. Currently, we operate a fleet of 3 AS 350 B3 and 2 AS350 B3e helicopters which are flown by a team of 12 highly experienced pilots. Our permit is endorsed for mountain flying, heli-skiing and aerial work operations.
We are a DGCA CAR-145 approved maintenance organization, and operate three maintenance bases at Katra (Jammu & Kashmir), New Delhi Airport and Shahpura (Rajasthan). Our Quality Control-QC and Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization-CAMO are based at Mehramnagar, New Delhi, headed by our Continuing Airworthiness Manager-CAM and Quality Manager-QM.
Himalayan Heli Services is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. This certification covers flight operations, quality department, flight safety and maintenance. Our flight safety cell is headed by the Chief of Flight Safety based at our Mehramnagar office, who oversees and develops our Safety Management System-SMS, which ensures that safety is always paramount.
In 2015, we were awarded the 'Operator of the year' award, at the sidelines of the Bangalore Aero India Show 2015.
Since 2015, as per the yearly report of DGCA “Handbook on Civil Avaition Statistics” we are continously among the Top Three Non-Scheduled operators who account for more than 80% of the total number of flights operated in a year in India.
We were awarded the 'Captain Willian J. Kossler' Award by the American Helicopter Society-AHS International, for our efforts in conducting disaster management (search and rescue) operation during the catastrophic Uttarakhand floods of 2013.
First Heli-Skiing Operation launched in Manali with Swiss Helicopters.
Second Helicopter deployed for heli-skiing operation in order to meet the demand.
Himalayan Heli Services was Incorporated.
Himalayan Heli Services was granted the NOC under the Non-Schedule Operators Category
Himalayan Heli Services was granted the Operator Permit with the first acquisition of SA 315B Lama Helicopter.
First pilgrimage shuttle service operation done for the Amarnathji Shrine.
Fleet expanded to four SA 315B Lama and SA 316B helicopters.
First pilgrimage shuttle service operation for Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine.
First new generation AS350 B3 Helicopter inducted.
First pilgrimage shuttle service operation for Mani Mahesh Shrine.
First Aerial Work operation executed by conducting Heliborne Geophysical Survey.
First pilgrimage shuttle service operation for the Kedarnath ji Shrine.
Second AS350 B3 Helicopter inducted.
Third AS350B3 Helicopter inducted.
First heliborne Powerline Stringing operation done for Sterlite Power.
Commenced flights to Mata Vashnodevi with AS350 B3 helicopters.
Fourth AS350 B3 Helicopter inducted.
Fifth AS350 B3 Helicopter inducted.
Imported first S-64E Heli-Crane into India.