Since 2013, SKEENA RIVER HELICOPTER’S (GSH Ltd. and partners, The TSIMSHIAN First Nations of Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla) newly established facility in Seal Cove, Prince Rupert, is GSH’s first West Coast Base. Great Slave Helicopters has worked in partnership with Coast Tsimshian Enterprises to service the rotary-wing aviation needs of the Prince Rupert area. The partnership includes the majority owner Coast Tsimshian Enterprises and the minority partner Great Slave Helicopters, which conducts all flight operations for the partnership.
Prince Rupert is the fastest Loading (quickest “turn around”) port in North America, and as such, sees high volumes of freighter traffic. It isn’t entirely uncommon to see 17-20 ships at anchor, in the tranquil (sometimes) waters of the area. Cutting almost 2 days off the sailing time to Asia doesn’t hurt either. Prince Rupert has also been the railroad gateway to overseas markets for many decades.
The Spacious (if not modern) hangar (approx.6500 square feet) can conservatively hold 4-7 Aircraft, depending on blade configuration, and is strategically located close to all proposed pipeline terminuses (Kitimat, Lelu Island, Ridley Island, Digby Island & Grassy Point).
Clients gain access through the roadside door beneath an 8’ x 8’ illuminated sign that is impossible to miss. A hallway leads past the Manager’s office into the Waiting room/lounge, where coffee and other amenities are readily available. Comfortable couches and tables highlight this room that connects through a locking door to our designated stores, where aircraft parts are kept. There is a Dry room on the way to the A/C area, where numerous hooks and benches are set up for clients or employees to hang their wet apparel to dry overnight, and be ready for the next morning. Heaters and an exhaust fan are in place.
The hangar is equipped with an AME office and visiting AME/Pilot office, Dangerous goods shipping/receiving area, shelves for visiting A/C to store ops gear, fuel drain/sample test cabinet, wheeled buggies for equipment transfer and a helicopter wash station w/brushes, soap and hose. There is a 5,670 square foot (90’ X 63’) leased pad outside the sliding Hangar doors, providing ample room for 2-3 machines.
Skeena River Helicopters is uniquely positioned to meet the helicopter service needs of companies and public organizations involved in oil and gas activity, environmental assessment, and exploration.