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Custom Helicopters: What you need, when you need it


Founded in 1977, Custom Helicopters has grown from a single helicopter operation based in The Pas, Manitoba to a highly versatile rotary wing aircraft operator.

Custom has decades of experience operating in the most challenging environments in the country. From Arctic winter conditions to forest fires, Custom is dynamic in it’s approach. In an ever adapting industry, Custom uses its legacy and experience to continuously improve – whether it be fleet upgrades, improved technology, or increased safety measures. Customers can depend upon Custom to deliver beyond expectations at the highest level of service.

With a diversified fleet of over 35 helicopters with bases across Canada and beyond, Custom provides a wide range of services across a number of industries.


  • Powerline & telecommunications line construction & maintenance
  • Mining exploration
  • Oil & gas support (utilities, including offshore)
  • Emergency medical transportation
  • Search and Rescue
  • Military support
  • Class D external loads
  • Maintenance, repair, & overhaul
  • Forest fire suppression
  • Drill support
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Aerial inspection & photography
  • Humanitarian relief

Custom’s parent company is one of the most successful, and stable companies in the business. Exchange Income Cor­po­ra­tion (EIC), a Canadian cor­po­ra­tion, was cre­ated to invest in prof­itable, well-​established compa­nies with strong cash flows operating in niche markets and to distribute sta­ble monthly cash div­i­dends to its shareholders. To do this, EIC invests in com­pa­nies for the long term with no inten­tion of sell­ing; retains cur­rent manage­ment; and works with them to grow their companies. Custom Helicopters’ sister companies include:

  • Calm Air
  • Perimeter Aviation
  • Bearskin Airlines
  • Keewatin Air
  • PAL Aerospace & PAL Airlines
  • Regional One (Miami)
  • Exchange Petroleum
  • Carson Air