Panhandle Helicopter Inc. was founded in 1986 by Jon Hubof operating a single helicopter. Today the company has several helicopters including two MD500D’s, one Bell 407 and one Cessna 206 utility fixed wing. With a combined 220 years of aviation experience, both military and civilian, Panhandle Helicopter Inc. has the ability to safely, reliably and dependably complete the needs of any mission.
All pilots on staff have the ability to complete a variety of missions to include: Vertical reference, fire suppression, deep snow operations, low-level animal survey, animal capture, animal paintballing, animal darting, eradication projects, PSD operations, Helitorch operations, STEP qualified (one-skid/toe-in landing qualified).
Our training consists of annual review of federal regulations, USFS regulations and requirements, airspace and weather review, and other related topics. We also complete annual flight training and FAA check rides, given by FAA check pilots, along with recurrent long line and water suppression training, given by OAS/USFS check airmen.
With numerous factory schools and FAA certifications our maintenance staff, which has a combined 65 years experience in both military and civilian field operations, possess’ the ability to safely maintain the aircraft in local and remote locations regardless of the environmental conditions.