In 1990, we pioneered Heli Skiing operations in Himachal Pradesh though wet-leasing SA 315B Lamas from Switzerland and Canada. Eventually, Himalayan Heli Services was established in 2002 to cater to the rising demand in flying 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 150,000+ line kms in surveys. In 2013, we did the first heliborne powerline stringing in India for Sterlite Power. Today, we are technically able to taking on any kind of aerial work project.
Most 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 experienced gained over the years has given our promoters Mr. Harsh Vardhan Sharma and Mr. Wangchuk Shamshu a thorough and nuanced understanding of the Indian non-scheduled aviation market and related policy 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 and providing 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 11 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, Delhi Airport, 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 head office who oversees and develops our Safety Management System-SMS ensuring that safety is always paramount.
IIn 2015 we were awarded thr Best Operator Award at the sidelines of the Bangalore Aero India Show 2015.
In the last two yearly 2015-2016 reports of the DGCA “Handbook on Civil Avaition Statistics” we are in the Top Three Non-Scheduled operators who accounted for more than 87% of the total number of flights operated in a year.
We were awarded the Captain Willian J. Kossler Award by the American Helicopter Society-AHS International for our efforts conducting disaster management operations in the catastrophic Uttarakhand floods of 2013.
First Heli-Skiing Operations launched in Manali with Swiss Helicopter.
Heli-skiing grew to deploy second Helicopter 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 services for Amarnathji Shrine.
Fleet expanded to four SA 315B Lama and SA 316B helicopters.
First pilgrimage shuttle services for Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine.
First new generation AS350 B3 Helicopter inducted.
First pilgrimage shuttle services for Mani Mahesh Shrine.
First Aerial Work operation executed conducting Heliborne Geophysical Survey.
First pilgrimage shuttle services for Kedarnathji Shrine.
Second AS350 B3 Helicopter inducted.
Third AS350B3 Helicopter inducted.
Heliborne Powerline Stringing operations for Sterlite Power.
Commenced flights to Mata Vashnodevi with AS350B3 fleet.
Fourth AS350 B3 Helicopter inducted.
Fifth AS350 B3 Helicopter inducted.
Imported first S-64E Heli-Crane into India.