Vertiport Chicago to Host Inaugural Chicago Helicopter Show, Sponsored by Chicago-Based Jet Support Services, Inc.

  • Event to take place August 10, 2017, at Vertiport Chicago 

August [4], 2017 – CHICAGO — Vertiport Chicago, North America’s largest commercial heliport facility, will host the Chicago Helicopter Show on Thursday, August 10, 2017. The event is sponsored by Chicago-based Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the world’s leading provider of maintenance support and financial services to the business aviation industry.  

The Chicago Helicopter Show will be held at Vertiport Chicago, which is located at 1339 S. Wood Street, near downtown Chicago. The event is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT on August 10.   

Bob McCabe, Chief Business Development Officer of Vertiport Chicago, said, “As the company that brought back a dedicated commercial helicopter facility to downtown Chicago, Vertiport Chicago is excited to be hosting Chicago’s first helicopter show. Helicopters save and protect lives, serve the community, and bring business to Chicago. Vertiport is pleased to serve as a vital hub for emergency medical service flights. We hope you can join us for this free event to see and learn about the amazing types of helicopters that help our city every day.”  

Vertiport Chicago is a state-of-the-art, full-service, Fixed Base Operation (FBO) commercial helicopter facility located in Chicago. Just minutes from downtown, it offers premium, VIP style, helicopter tour and charter brokerage services. 

“JSSI is thrilled to partner with Vertiport Chicago to sponsor the first Chicago Helicopter Show,” said Ray Weiser, Senior Director Helicopter Services at JSSI.  “The helicopter industry is a growth market opportunity for JSSI, and we are pleased to help spur the awareness and expansion of helicopter travel in the Chicagoland area.” JSSI offers operations and maintenance services for nearly all types of turbine-powered aircraft, including business and commercial jets, turboprops and helicopters. 

Vertiport VIP Helicopter Tours will be offering special show helicopter tours. Tickets for a 5–7 minute ride will be available for $75 per person at the show.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to see nearly 20 types of helicopters up close and talk with the pilots. Local food truck vendors will be on site offering concessions for purchase. 

Featured helicopters are expected to include:  

  • University of Chicago Airbus Dauphin AS365N2: Emergency medical helicopter that transfers patients and organs 
  • Army Sikorsky Blackhawk UH-60: Military service helicopter 
  • Elite RotorcraftAirbus Astar and Bell LongRanger: Used for filming movies and commercials, photography, executive travel, private tours, and charters to Autobahn 
  • AM Air Service Bell 222 & Hughes 369: Provide executive charter service, private tours, cargo delivery, photography, and pilot training 
  • HeliFlite Bell 430: Offers executive charter service and private tours 
  • NBC5 Bell 206 LongRanger: News helicopter 
  • DHL Bell 206: Package delivery service 
  • WeatherTech Airbus H145: Corporate transport


WHEN:August 10, 2017, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. CDT 

WHERE: Vertiport Chicago, 1339 S. Wood Street, Chicago, IL 60608 


About Vertiport Chicago 

Vertiport Chicago marks the return of a dedicated commercial helicopter facility to Chicago with a next generation, full-service landing facility located downtown featuring state-of-the-art amenities.  Launched in April 2015, Vertiport is North America’s largest and Chicago’s only vertical helicopter landing facility. The company’s expansive facility serves as a Fixed Base Operation (FBO) for helicopter owners and operators and is located on ten acres of land boasting 30,000 square feet of hangar space, 11,700 square feet of office space, a 24-hour refueling station, a single take off and landing spot and eight helicopter parking spots. Vertiport’s location in the Illinois Medical District has made the FBO an ideal hub for EMS services. In addition to medical support, Vertiport Chicago offers helicopter charter flight services and sightseeing tours. Whether serving EMS professionals, corporate clientele, private aircraft owners or visitors to Chicago, Vertiport keeps safety and user experience as its top mission. 

Connect with Vertiport Chicago on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. 


About Jet Support Services, Inc.  

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) is the leading independent provider of maintenance programs to the business aviation industry, covering virtually all makes and models of business aircraft, engines, and APUs. JSSI provides its customers with comprehensive, flexible and affordable financial programs and tools for managing the often unpredictable costs of operating and maintaining nearly all types of turbine-powered aircraft, including business and commercial jets, turboprops and helicopters. As the creator of the revolutionary Tip-to-Tail® Program, JSSI is the only single source provider of this trademarked service. JSSI serves customers globally and manages maintenance services through its worldwide infrastructure of certified technical advisors. 

Connect with JSSI on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. 


For more information, contact: 

Bob McCabe, Vertiport Chicago 

(877) 902-9292  

Amy McGahan, Dix & Eaton 

(216) 241-3027 

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