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Maverick Helicopters celebrates 20 years of success
Twenty years ago, Las Vegas based tourism company debuted with one aircraft. Today Maverick Helicopters operates 47 in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon and Maui, Hawaii
Maverick, October 27, 2016 - Maverick Helicopters, one of the world’s leading tourism-based aviation companies, has announced it will be celebrating 20 years of operation this year.
Entrepreneurs Greg and Brenda Rochna had a vision to create a company that would provide a true VIP-level experience that was not previously offered in the helicopter industry.
In 1996, they did just that by launching Maverick Helicopters in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their efforts have been realized through the support of the hospitality industry, past guests and dedicated team members.
“Celebrating Maverick Helicopters’ 20th anniversary is a huge milestone for us and our hardworking team,” said Greg Rochna, owner and chief executive officer of Maverick Aviation Group. “We couldn’t be more thankful to everyone who has helped us get to where we are today and look forward to the next 20 years and beyond.”
Twenty years ago, Maverick Helicopters debuted with one aircraft and a group of committed flight personnel. Today, Maverick Helicopters operates the world’s largest and youngest fleet of Airbus H130 ECO-Star helicopters and hold the industry’s top safety record.
As the company celebrates two decades of service, here are 20 of its most interesting facts:
1: Maverick Helicopters started with one helicopter in 1996;
2: Maverick Helicopters operates out of four terminals: Las Vegas, Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon West Rim, and Maui, Hawaii;
3: Years Maverick Helicopters has been the exclusive helicopter operator at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for seven years. It provides expedited helicopter transfers to NASCAR, Electric Daisy Carnival and the many driving schools located at the track;
4: Maverick Helicopters has been awarded seven consecutive awards for “Best Air Tour” from the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s (SNHCA) Concierge Choice Awards;
5: Minutes of Maverick Helicopters’ 12-minute Vegas Nights flight showcases breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip and iconic landmarks;
6: Twelve helicopters can land at the bottom of the Grand Canyon at one time on Maverick Helicopters’ exclusive landing site;
7: Number of languages The MavStar Language System – an exclusive, multilingual GPS-based narration system — is offered in 13 languages and is aboard some of Maverick Helicopters’ Las Vegas flights including Cantonese, Portuguese and Spanish;
8: Maverick Helicopters has 40 shuttles, which are used for complimentary ground transportation to and from the Las Vegas Strip; 15 of which are limo coaches;
9: It takes about 45 minutes of flight from McCarran International Airport to the bottom of the Grand Canyon West Rim;
10: Maverick Helicopters now has a fleet of 47 helicopters;
11: Maverick Helicopters remains open for 90 consecutive hours during Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas. In 2016, 22 helicopters were used to fly to Electric Daisy Carnival;
12: Maverick Helicopters has 428 employees; 84 of which are pilots;
13: Pilots are required to have flown 1,200 hours before flying with Maverick Helicopters;
14: Maverick Helicopters’ maintenance technicians recorded 2,755 hours of training for 2015. More than 1,900 of those hours were provided through the company’s homegrown training courses;
15: The Airbus EC130/H130 ECO-Star helicopter has 80,000 components;
16: Maverick Helicopters flies roughly 200,000 guests annually;
17: Total flight hours logged since Maverick Helicopters’ has logged a total of 400,000 flight hours since its inception; 350,000 of which were flown in Airbus H130 ECO-Star helicopters;
18: Maverick Helicopters has flown approximately 2.2 million passengers during its 20 years of operation;
19: The new acquisition price of an Airbus H130 ECO-Star helicopter retrofit to Maverick Helicopters’ standards is about $3.3 million; and
20: Maverick Helicopters invested $5 million in its Las Vegas 6,000-square-foot terminal in 2015 to make it one of the most elaborate helicopter terminals in the world.
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