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Santa’s Arrival Brightens Night at Magical Forest

Review Journal Nov. 25, 2016

On Friday night, the 25th annual tree lighting ceremony came to Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest in Las Vegas.

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Family Businessman: You Can Be Successful Doing Things the Right Way

Vegas Inc. Nov. 21, 2016

Geoff Edlund is president of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, which last year added a golden helicopter to its fleet, coined “copter #50,” in celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary. Edlund’s grandfather, Elling Halvorson, founded the company and his mother, Brenda Halvorson, is CEO. But that didn’t mean Edlund got to just walk right in and become president without proving he’s the right man for the job.

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View of Debate's Political Landscape - From 10,000 Feet

Good Morning America Oct. 20, 2016

Michael Koenigs on His Election Cycle Journey Across America

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The Grand Canyon Experience

Huffington Post Sept. 15, 2016

Being named one of the Seven Natural Wonders Of The World, there’s no question that the Grand Canyon is a spectacular sight. Its sheer scale is overwhelming, with colours and rock formations that have to be seen to believed.

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Helicopter Tour Company Papillon Inaugurates New Helipad Service

Review Journal Sept. 8, 2016

Las Vegas Review-Journal reports on the new Hoover Dam helipad service being offered from the former Hacienda Hotel.

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Field Trip Friday: Boulder City offers aerial tours for July 4th

Fox5 News Jul. 1, 2016

FOX5's Dave Hall takes off on a Papillon helicopter as part of things offered in Boulder City for the Fourth of July holiday.

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Australia’s “Thunder From Down Under” to the Rescue on Behalf of Variety, The Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada, and Papillon Group

VegasNews.com Jun. 18, 2016

Variety, The Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada, Papillon Group and Australia’s Thunder From Down Under made a dream come true for Katie and Brianna O’Donnell, two Australian sisters battling with Muscular Dystrophy (MD), visited Las Vegas for the first time on June 17, 2016.

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Bar 10 Ranch: Paradise on the Grand Canyon's North Rim

Travel Pulse May 19, 2016

Standing amid the endless seclusion of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, where the earth opens before you to write its story in millennia of alluvial plains, it’s easy to feel lost in time.

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15 Cool Things To Do in Las Vegas

Two Monkeys Travel Apr. 12, 2016

One day during our stay at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, we were whisked away to Boulder City, the site of Papillon’s private heliport from where they send guests up into the distance on their Golden Eagle Tour.

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High Altitude Cruising: Six Locations Best Experienced Aerially

iExplore.com Apr. 12, 2016

While any trip to the Grand Canyon is worthwhile, there's no way to fully appreciate the 1,900 square miles of rugged beauty without a quick flight over the red dusty trails through Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines.

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The Papillon Grand Celebration Helicopter Tour is a 'MUST SEE' thing to do while in Las Vegas

FLAVOURMAG Apr. 5, 2016

Well, we loved the Papillon Grand Celebration Helicopter Tour so much so, that we simply had to give it, it's own special feature.

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Tower Butte

HUFFPOST TRAVEL Apr. 1, 2016

Ascend to the top of this Butte by taking a Papillon helicopter tour. Spend some time on the Butte for photo opportunities and interpretive information about how the Navajo culture ties to their land.

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Three Reasons to Take a Helicopter Tour of the Grand Canyon

Examiner.com Mar. 19, 2016

The Grand Canyon is one of the most breath-taking views in the world. It's an amazing view. If road trips take too long, consider taking a helicopter ride with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters.

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Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines Celebrating Chinese New Year with Holiday Specials

Yahoo! Finance Feb. 10, 2016

Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines is partnering with the Hualapai Nation and Caesars Entertainment to celebrate Chinese New Year throughout the month of February.

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The Papillon Effect

Rotorcraft Pro - Just Helicopters Jan. 11, 2016

Watch how Elling Halvorson, the founder of Papillon Grand Canyon helicopter tours, began from humble beginnings in 1959 to owning the world’s largest aerial ...

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Vegas News

Vegas News Dec. 13, 2015

On Thursday, they traded the reindeer for a red helicopter and landing at Papillon's Aerocenter at the Boulder City Municipal Airport to deliver holiday treats to nearly 60 abused, neglected and homeless children living at St. Jude's Ranch for Children.

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A Bird's-Eye View of the Grand Canyon

Vegas Seven Dec. 10, 2015

As vast as the Grand Canyon is, most visitors only get to see its most popular corridors, namely the southern and western rims. Since it encompasses more than a million acres, it would take several lifetimes to explore the canyon’s many facets. The north rim, because of its inaccessibility, can be considered the holy grail of the canyon—offering spectacular views minus the throng of tourists lining up for a photo op.

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Santa Claus Arrives at Opportunity Village's Magical Forest via Papillon Group Helicopter

Vegas News Nov. 20, 2015

Papillon Group gave Santa a ride to town via an EC130 helicopter. He touched down in the College of Southern Nevada parking lot at the entrance of the Magical Forest to greet nearly 300 individuals with intellectual disabilities, OVIPs, served by Opportunity Village who were anxiously awaiting his arrival.

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Papillon Group Pilots Go Pink for October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Vegas News Oct. 3, 2015

Papillon Group pilots will wear pink epaulettes during the entire month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The ornamental pink epaulette shoulder piece will be worn by every pilot during every tour throughout the month to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness.

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Papillon Group Names Third Generation of Halvorson Family to President Roles

Vertical Magazine Sept. 28, 2015

Papillon Group has announced the promotion of third-generation Halvorson family members, Geoff Edlund and Jake Tomlin, to new roles within the company. Papillon Group’s Brenda Halvorson, who previously held the dual roles of president and chief executive officer for 22 years, has elevated Edlund to the position of president of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Tomlin to president of Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines.

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Papillon Group Announces New Company Presidents

Vegas 24 Seven Sept. 28, 2015

"It has been my intention for several years to turn over the leadership of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines to the next generation," said Halvorson. "These men have many great qualities and talents, they complement each other both personally and professionally and—most importantly—they are committed to working together for the betterment of both companies."

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Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters is Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary in 2015

Working Mother Aug. 19, 2015

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. Papillon (French for "butterfly") is one of the world’s largest "flightseeing" companies with 4,500 passengers served daily, and nearly 70 state-of the-art helicopters and airplanes.

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A Golden Jubilee

Vertical Magazine June 11, 2015

On a typical day, hundreds of people from around the world pass through Papillon Group’s “Aerocenter” in Boulder City, Nev., on their way to the experience of a lifetime — a Grand Canyon helicopter tour. Usually, only unflyable weather will stem the flow of eager passengers. On the sunny afternoon of April 16, 2015, however, Papillon paused its operations for a different reason: to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

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10 Fun Things Kids Can Do in National Parks

Travel Channel May 26, 2015

Sure, you can take your kids hiking, fishing or camping in a national park, but if you really want to wow them, take them on a helicopter ride into the Grand Canyon or go sledding with them down sand dunes at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.

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Golden Anniversary with a New Golden Helicopter

Robb Report May 16, 2015

Papillon Group, the world’s largest helicopter tour operator, which operates at the Grand Canyon, marked its golden anniversary, appropriately enough, by introducing a new helicopter with a gold-painted exterior.

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Papillon Marks 50th Anniversary with Golden Helicopter

Review Journal April 16, 2015

Papillon’s 54 Grand Canyon touring helicopters all are numbered starting from one so that staff can track them. Except "50" was reserved. Until Thursday. That’s when the longest running helicopter touring company, based in Boulder City, celebrated its 50th anniversary with a golden helicopter bearing the number 50 to mark five decades of ferrying passengers for tours of the landscape marvel.

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Papillon's Golden Helicopter

Los Angeles Times April 8, 2015

The tour company that flies from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, goes golden with one of its choppers. The golden helicopter joins the fleet on Thursday, April 16, to commemorate 50 years in business.

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Family In Flight

Las Vegas Business Press Feb. 23, 2015

When Elling Halvorson created The Papillon Group, a Grand Canyon helicopter tour company, he never imagined that 50 years later his business would turn into a family affair.

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Las Vegas Business Press - April

Las Vegas Business Press Feb. 23, 2015

It won't be long before pilots flying for the world's busiest air tour operation may be seeing unmanned aircraft near where they fly hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Grand Canyon Airlines and its subsidiaries, Scenic Airlines and Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, based at Boulder City Municipal Airport, will be getting new neighbors next month.

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Fly To The Big Game XLIX

Vertical Magazine Jan. 22, 2015

For a limited number of guests, the Papillon Group is offering a privatized helicopter experience for the Big Game on Sunday, February 1.

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