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Monday, December 1, 2008

Rotorcraft Report: Los Angeles Helicopters Gets New Home

COMMERCIAL | TRAINING

On October 28, the company’s eighth anniversary, Los Angeles Helicopters (LAH) moved from its two small buildings at Long Beach Airport (LGB) to a larger, 12,000-sq-ft facility on the other side of the airport.

LAH provides helicopter pilot instruction at its FAA-accredited flight training school. The company also operates helicopter tours and charters, and buys, sells, and maintains rotorcraft. Los Angeles Helicopters is an authorized Robinson Helicopter Company dealer for new aircraft sales, and is a service and overhaul center for the R44 and R22 helicopters.

The new location offers street-front entry for customers, a spacious hangar with maintenance area, company-operated fuel truck service and pads for its five Robinson R22s and three R44s right outside its door

"The ramp was a good 400 yards away from the old buildings," said Mike Rogers, the company’s president and CEO. "You’d have to walk through about 10 rows of airplanes to get out to the helicopters back then."

The second floor of LAH’s new home includes seven classrooms — three more than in the old building — for their flight school, which includes primary, commercial, CFI, instrument and long-line training.

"It’s just a whole different property now," Rogers told Rotor & Wing. "We have room to grow."

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