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Brenda Halvorson Soars with The Papillon Group
V. Ronnie Tierney, FBN May 11th 2021

Helicopter company CEO has spent a lifetime enjoying the Grand Canyon from top to bottom.

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The Ultimate Grand Canyon West Trip Planner
Sunset Magazine May 11th 2021

The top western destination can be an easy inspiring day trip or an epic immersion in nature and culture. Here are three ways to experience the accessible wonders of Grand Canyon West. Just pick your comfort level and go Grand, Grander, or Grandest!

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Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters wins prestigious industry awards for excellence in maintenance, safety.
Marina Nicola April 30th 2021

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, the world’s largest and longest-running helicopter tour company, is the recipient of two Diamond Awards from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for excellence in maintenance and compliance.

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Experience the Grand Canyon from Above & Below
The Vox Agency November 23rd 2020

Starting, Nov. 19, 2020 Grand Canyon West and Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters welcomes back aerial and pontoon tours.

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How to Escape the Crowds at Horseshoe Bend
SARAH KUTA October 12th 2020

You can also get that classic view while avoiding the crowds entirely by viewing Horseshoe Bend from above, aboard a helicopter. There are a handful of helicopter tour companies in the region, and many offer tours that not only include Horseshoe Bend, but also Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell.

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Embrace the outdoors with the best adventure tour companies
10Best Editors September 16th 2020

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters received the No. 1 ranking in the 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest for Best Helicopter Tour in North America.

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Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters Voted #1 Helicopter Tour In North America BY USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice
The Vox Agency September 16th 2020

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters received the No. 1 ranking in the 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest for Best Helicopter Tour in North America. A panel of industry experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees and then top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

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Papillon Helicopters introducing new exclusive fly, dine experiences
KTNV Las Vegas August 25th 2020

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters is introducing two brand new, exclusive packages featuring a luxury dining experience and a fabulous night flight of the Las Vegas Strip.

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Road Trippin': An amazing helicopter tour over Lake Powell and Horseshoe Bend
Alex Margulies August 20th 2020

Welcome back to our new summer travel series, Road Trippin’ presented by Sprad’s RV. Following an epic start to our trip in southwest Utah where we had a chance to visit the Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks, we moved south to the border to the town of Page, Ariz.

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Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters Wins Two Prestigious FAA Diamond Awards
The Vox Agency February 27th 2020

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, the world’s largest and longest-running helicopter tour company, is the recipient of two Diamond Awards from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for excellence in maintenance and compliance.

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Las Vegas' 10Best things to do from hiking to neon signs
Terrisa Meeks February 1st 2020

Las Vegas and gambling go together like showgirls and feathers, but the city has an abundance of things to do beyond the casinos.

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10 Things to Do in Las Vegas for Adventure Lovers
Erin Gifford January 16th 2020

Get ready for daring adventures by day before hitting the Vegas Strip after the sun goes down for glamourous shows and lavish casinos.

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Barbecue, Boats, and This Butte to Boot
Jay Jones September 8th 2019

Here's the perfect guide to your end-of-summer trip to Page, Arizona - including helicopter tours with Papillon

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Why you need to visit Las Vegas even if you hate casinos
Dhiram Shah August 17th 2019

Once you are done with the casinos, here's how to make the most of the outdoors.

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Taking the Road Less Traveled
Margot Black July 1st 2019

Discover how one mommyblogger experienced the ultimate roadtrip - including a Papillon helicopter from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon

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Where Else But Las Vegas Can You Have All These Extreme Experiences in a Single Day?
Matt Villano May 22nd 2019

Visitors to Las Vegas can try a variety of thrilling activities, from roller coasters to ziplines and even helicopter tours over the Strip.

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Concertgoers have transportation options over EDC Weekend
Joyce Lupiani, Marissa Kynaston, Jordan Gartner May 17th 2019

Visitors to Las Vegas for the biggest electronic dance music festival no longer have to be forced to wait in traffic - we offer helicopter flights!

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Electric Daisy Carnival: A Look Inside the Biggest Dance Party in Las Vegas
Rob Kachelriess May 16th 2019

Find detailed information about EDC 2019, including new features, artist lineups and how to reach the festival via helicopter.

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Electric Daisy Carnival: A Look Inside the Biggest Dance Party in Las Vegas
Rob Kachelriess May 16th 2019

They may seem pricey, but the helicopter rides are just 10-15 minutes and include incredible views.

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Traffic jams in forecast as EDC attendees converge on Las Vegas
Rachel Crosby May 16th 2019

Las Vegas' biggest music festival is the source of annual traffic jams across the freeways. Papillon offered helicopter transport over the traffic to the party.

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Arrive To EDC Las Vegas In Style With Papillon Helicopters
Devin May 16th 2019

Information about Papillon Helicopters' first year offering helicopter transport into the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and booking details.

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See breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon with a Papillon helicopter tour
Hawaii News Now May 2nd 2019

Hawaiian News Now host experiences a Grand Canyon helicopter tour and describes what she enjoyed the most.

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Star Sightings: Ciara Stuns in NYC, Pharrell Williams Kicks off Something in the Water Festival & More!
ET Online May 2nd 2019

Papillon Helicopters hosted Gordon Ramsay on a private charter in Las Vegas from the Strip to the Motor Speedway for a day of racing.

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Ceremony Kicks Off Magical Forest’s Holiday Run in Las Vegas
Review Journal November 24th 2017

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in style via helicopter for a tree-lighting ceremony Friday night at the The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village.

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See Some of the Southwest's Iconic Landscapes on New Las Vegas Day Trip
Review Journal July 26th 2017

There is life outside the neon lights of Las Vegas. Visitors who want to play in Sin City by night and see some of the Southwest’s most iconic natural landscapes by day may want to check out a new air-and-land tour.

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Pioneers of Aerial Tourism (from McCarran Flight Path)
LASAirport June 7th 2017

Picturesque landscapes entice thousands of tourists to take to the skies to view the breathtaking beauty of the desert Southwest. Take a look at the air tourism industry and how it got started. McCarran recently welcomed German-based Eurowings. Take a look at the celebration and the new international service that give travelers more options to and from Europe.

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Training Program Allows Grand Canyon Scenic Pilots to Move Up
Review Journal April 5th 2017

For people like Amanda Daniel, a program launched last year by Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air and Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines represents an opportunity to get on a fast track to becoming a jet pilot.

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Santa’s Arrival Brightens Night at Magical Forest
Review Journal November 25th 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. November 21st 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 October 20th 2016

Michael Koenigs on His Election Cycle Journey Across America

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The Grand Canyon Experience
Huffington Post September 15th 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 September 8th 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 July 1st 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 June 18th 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 19th 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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High Altitude Cruising: Six Locations Best Experienced Aerially
iExplore.com April 12th 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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15 Cool Things To Do in Las Vegas
Two Monkeys Travel April 12th 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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The Papillon Grand Celebration Helicopter Tour is a 'MUST SEE' thing to do while in Las Vegas
FLAVOURMAG April 5th 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 April 1st 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 March 19th 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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The Papillon Effect
Rotorcraft Pro - Just Helicopters January 11th 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 December 13th 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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Santa Claus Arrives at Opportunity Village's Magical Forest via Papillon Group Helicopter
Vegas News November 20th 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 October 3rd 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 September 28th 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 September 28th 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 August 19th 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 11th 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 26th 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 16th 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 16th 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 8th 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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Las Vegas Business Press - April
Las Vegas Business Press February 23rd 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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Family In Flight
Las Vegas Business Press February 23rd 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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Fly To The Big Game XLIX
Vertical Magazine January 22nd 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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