Meridian Helicopters completes 23rd ground-up refurbishment in the Bell Helicopter light single category

Meridian Helicopters had a record year in 2021 despite the challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic presented. Among their current lease fleet numerous lease extensions have been added along with a new lease to a current customer. Adding to that, Meridian Helicopters completed the sale of seven helicopters for brokerage customers and their current fleet of helicopters. These were comprised of four Bell Helicopter 206B Jet Rangers, two Bell 206L3 and one Bell 206L4 Long Ranger. Among Meridian Helicopters current lease customers, the extension of three helicopter leases were agreed to and another new lease was added. Meridian Helicopters prides itself in the quality of the aircraft refurbishments. Complementing this was the ground up refurbishments of four helicopters during the calendar year. Each refurbishment could include specific avionics capabilities such as NVG, mission specific equipment and interior packages which include air conditioning and/or VIP interiors. Moving into Heli-Expo 2022, Meridian Helicopters now in their 12th year in business, has completed its 23rd tip to tail custom refurbishment of a Bell 206L4 for an unnamed customer. Looking forward, Meridian will begin another Bell 206L4 complete refurbishment and conversion for a lease customer.

Meridian Helicopters delivers a completely refurbished Bell Helicopter 206L3 to English Air Services

English Air Services, a part 133, 135 and 137 operator out of Santa Maria, CA USA specializing in utility operations for agriculture, LIDAR/Mapping platforms and power line maintenance has taken delivery of a completely refurbished Bell Helicopter 206L3 from Meridian Helicopters. This marks the eighteenth completed and delivered Bell Helicopter 206L3 and 206L4 aircraft refurbishments in recent years from Meridian Helicopters. “Our goal with this aircraft was a multi-mission capable turnkey solution,” stated Michael Bashlor – Managing Partner, Meridian Helicopters. “Once completed the aircraft measured in at approximately 90% component and engine time remaining and it simply looked and performed great.” The 1990 Bell 206L3 was equipped for basic utility operations with a great deal of care placed of cosmetics and avionics giving the aircraft a corporate appeal. A complete Garmin avionics package with Bluetooth technology, air conditioning and 3 tone leather seating complimented the interior specifications, in addition to other modifications. A modern 3-tone paint scheme was added with wire strike protection, cargo hook provisions and an inlet barrier filter system. “When looking for an aircraft to purchase, English Air Service, LLC looks for quality craftsmanship and a company that takes pride in their work. Meridian exceeded that. Looking for this specific aircraft took some time, we found some for less money, but there was no comparison in the work that was put into this 1990 Bell 206L3. The team at Meridian were so easy to deal with. The placing of a “good luck bell” added at each sale is just their final way to put their personal touch to their impeccable work standards. We highly recommend Meridian Helicopters for any helicopter purchase,” stated Mark English with English Air Services. Meridian Helicopters is currently refurbishing a 1996 Bell Helicopter 206L4 [...]

Meridian Helicopters LLC to Display Southern Utah University Bell Helicopter 206L4 at Heli-Expo 2020

Located within the trade show floor of Heli-Expo 2020, Meridian Helicopters will display a Bell Helicopter 206L4 owned by Southern Utah University. The aircraft can be viewed at static display booth #15. The Meridian Helicopters completion of the aircraft consisted of many freshly overhauled components and engine. A complete Garmin avionics package was installed with compliance to the FAA ADS-B out requirements. The avionics package was finished with ¬night vision (NVG) capabilities and Bose headsets. Cosmetically, the aircraft was treated to all new interior and SUU custom exterior paint. Additionally, a new interior including seating, complete interior trim and windows were installed. The aircraft was equipped with full external cargo equipment from Onboard including cargo hook with load cell, an external torque meter and long line. Finishing the SUU requirements was a particle separator and dual aircraft controls. “Our relationship with SUU began with the lease of two Bell 206L4’s a few years ago,” states Michael Bashlor – Managing Partner, Meridian Helicopters. “When the opportunity to deliver a mission equipped aircraft for them presented itself, we did not hesitate. A complete aircraft refurbishment is a large responsibility and we approached this extension of trust from SUU with pride." Southern Utah University’s Aviation Department is the nation’s premier helicopter flight school and will be utilizing the refurbished aircraft for the advanced training of its students. All SUU helicopter students will receive 20 hours of flight training in this and their other Bell 206L4 aircraft. In addition to standard flight training, this aircraft will be the primary ship for the Iron County Sheriff’s Department’s Air Operations Unit which utilizes SUU instructor pilots and aircraft for search and locate, and law enforcement missions.  

Meridian Helicopters delivers a beautiful Bell Helicopter 206L3

Meridian Helicopters delivers a beautiful Bell Helicopter 206L3 to Kevin Reed owner of Clearview Air. The Bell helicopter was completely refurbished with new metallic black paint, new leather interior, new trim, and windows. In addition, the Bell Helicopter was outfitted with a modern avionics package, Bose and Standard headset jacks, air conditioning, Bluetooth and ADSB compliant.

Meridian Helicopters Delivers Completed Bell Helicopter 206L4 to Southern Utah University

PRESS RELEASE Meridian Helicopters Delivers Completed Bell Helicopter 206L4 to Southern Utah University Meridian Helicopters LLC, announced it has sold and delivered a Bell Helicopter 206L4 to Southern Utah University (SUU). The Meridian Helicopters completion of the helicopter consisted of many freshly overhauled components and engine. A complete Garmin avionics package was installed with compliance to the FAA ADS-B out requirements. The avionics package was finished with night vision (NVG) capabilities and Bose headsets. Cosmetically, the helicopter was treated to all new interior and SUU custom exterior paint. Additionally, a new interior including seating, complete interior trim and windows were installed. The helicopter was equipped with full external cargo equipment from Onboard including cargo hook with load cell, an external torque meter and long line. Finishing the SUU requirements was a particle separator and dual aircraft controls. “Our relationship with SUU began with the lease of two Bell Helicopter 206L4’s a few years ago”, states Michael Bashlor – Managing Partner, Meridian Helicopters. “When the opportunity to deliver a mission equipped helicopter for them presented itself, we did not hesitate. A complete aircraft refurbishment is a large responsibility and we approached this extension of trust from SUU with pride." Southern Utah University’s Aviation Department is the nation’s premier helicopter flight school and will be utilizing the refurbished aircraft for the advanced training of it’s students. All SUU helicopter students will receive 20 hours of flight training in this and their other Bell Helicopter 206L4 helicoptee. In addition to standard flight training, this aircraft will be the primary ship for the Iron County Sheriff’s Department’s Air Operations Unit which utilizes SUU instructor pilots and helicopters for search and locate, and law enforcement missions Meridian Helicopters LLC is exhibiting this Bell Helicopter 206L4 at Heli-Expo 2019 and can [...]

Meridian Helicopters to Display Two Bell Helicopter 206L4’s at Heli-Expo in Dallas, TX.

PRESS RELEASE Meridian Helicopters to Display Two Bell Helicopter 206L4’s at Heli-Expo in Dallas, TX. Meridian Helicopters is increasing its presence in the helicopter leasing and brokerage markets this year at Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. Two Bell Helicopters will be available for public viewing in static display booths 20 and 21. The first aircraft on display is a 2006 – 206L4 Long Ranger. The aircraft, owned and operated by Southern Helicopters of Sunshine, LA is currently being listed for sale by Meridian Helicopters. “The aircraft brokerage portion of the organization continues to grow each year” comments Michael Bashlor – Managing Partner. “We are grateful to Benji Seal (Owner – Southern Helicopters) for the opportunity to display this first rate aircraft at Heli-Expo.” Meridian Helicopters currently represents 26 helicopters for sale today. All listings can be viewed at www.meridianhelicopters.com. The second aircraft on display is a 2004 – 206L4 Long Ranger. The newly refurbished aircraft boasts new interior and an exterior 3 tone paint scheme. The aircraft is offered for sale or lease. “On the leasing side of our business we see continued growth in the demand for our services” comments Bashlor. “Our clients appreciate the peace of mind provided by our ‘power by the hour’ program.  It covers all engine, component and airworthiness time limited items.” Heli-Expo will be hosted at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center is Dallas, Texas from March 7th to 9th, 2017.

Meridian Helicopters Welcomes New Business Development Leader

PRESS RELEASE Meridian Helicopters Welcomes New Business Development Leader The Cadorath Group, a supplier of extended repairs, modifications, and overhaul solutions for rotary and fixed wing customers has announced the addition of Rod Kucheran to the Business Development Team for their Cadorath Aerospace and Meridian Helicopters divisions. Kucheran brings his extensive helicopter industry experience, energy and passion into his new role at Cadorath where his primary focus will be the development and implementation of strategies that will drive sales and fuel aggressive growth. “I’ve been a customer of Cadorath for my entire career in aviation,” says Kucheran. “I’ve worked with and observed Cadorath from the outside looking in, and over the years have grown to trust and admire the company, initially and entirely from a customer’s perspective. When the opportunity to join rank presented itself, I was very enthusiastic.” Rod’s previous experience and expertise with multiple OEM’s and product lines in the helicopter industry brings a uniquely dynamic set of abilities and additional diversity to our sales and long term development objectives. Well respected within the industry and known for going well above and beyond customer expectations, Rod is anticipated to provide an immediate and positive impact overall. Rod plans to leverage this insight, as well as his extensive network, to find and develop new growth opportunities for Cadorath and Meridian Helicopters. “The primary target of any customer-driven company is to know with full certainty, exactly what your customer’s needs really are,” said David Haines, Cadorath’s Senior Vice President. “With this concept in mind, Rod comes from a Bell Helicopter CSF, could there possibly be any better way to accomplish this goal than by having a long term customer on your team helping you to serve other customers?”

Meridian Helicopters Releases New Corporate Brochure

Meridian Helicopters has released a new corporate brochure which is available now for download. Meridian Helicopters LLC is a diversified, forward-thinking, “all encompassing” firm that specializes in aviation related business with an emphasis on helicopters, domestic and international. Download Meridian Helicopters Brochure

PRESS RELEASE – Meridian Helicopters LLC Leases Two Bell 206L-3s

PRESS RELEASE Meridian Helicopters LLC Leases Two Bell 206L-3s Lafayette, Louisiana – Meridian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Winnipeg-based Cadorath Group, has signed a two-year agreement with a leading flight-training school for the lease of two Bell 206L-3s. The helicopters will prepare students for a career as a helicopter pilot. The unique partnerships allow students to pursue a Professional Pilot Program (associate and/or bachelor’s degree) with an emphasis in helicopter rotorcraft. The president and co-owner of the flight-training school stated that Meridian Helicopters’ 30-year legacy of professionalism sealed their lease decision. - - - - - - About Meridian Helicopters LLC Meridian Helicopters LLC is a majority owned subsidiary of the Cadorath Group of companies, which is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and is a family-owned and operated business. The Cadorath Group provides superior solutions and products to its global client base through its group of companies: Cadorath Aerospace, Cadorath Distribution, Cadorath Coating, Cadorath Leasing, Cadorath Uniflyte, and Meridian Helicopters. We are at Heli-Expo 2014! Come visit us at booth #5311.

PRESS RELEASE – Meridian Helicopters LLC Delivers a Bell 206L-3 to S&T Services, LLC

PRESS RELEASE Meridian Helicopters LLC Delivers a Bell 206L-3 to S&T Services, LLC Lafayette, Louisiana – Meridian Helicopters LLC announced the sale and delivery of a Bell 206L-3 helicopter to S&T Services, LLC today. According to Matt St. Louis, Vice President of Saint Louis Designs, S & T Services parent company, Meridian Helicopters was selected because of the overwhelmingly positive nature of their references, as well as their reputation for 100% support during pre-buy inspection. “The Bell 206L-3’s are a very reliable platform,” explained Michael Bashlor, Managing Partner of Meridian Helicopters. “They hold their value well, have very reasonable direct operating costs, are known for having minimal issues between 100 hour inspections and are supported by a broad operating base of pilots and maintenance providers.” The S & T Services aircraft included a beautiful multi-color paint scheme and was refurbished by Meridian Helicopters with an all-new interior, windows, trim, and extra options. S&T Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint Louis Designs Inc. based in Creedmoor, Texas. Saint Louis Designs is a known leader in the design and manufacture of cabinet hardware and mechanisms for executive aircraft interiors. - - - - - - About Meridian Helicopters LLC Meridian Helicopters LLC is a majority owned subsidiary of the Cadorath Group of companies, which is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and is a family-owned and operated business. The Cadorath Group provides superior solutions and products to its global client base through its group of companies: Cadorath Aerospace, Cadorath Distribution, Cadorath Coating, Cadorath Leasing, Cadorath Uniflyte, and Meridian Helicopters. We are at Heli-Expo 2014! Come visit us at booth #5311.

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