Vertiport Chicago Partners with HeliFlite

Vertiport Chicago Partners with HeliFlite to Bring ARG/US Platinum and Wyvern Wingman Certified Operator to Chicago Helicopter Facility

Partnership fulfills critical safety auditing standard required by many corporate flight departments including Fortune 500 companies

CHICAGO, March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Vertiport Chicago, North America’s largest commercial heliport facility, and HeliFlite, a full service, on-demand helicopter operator, today announced a partnership that has brought HeliFlite to Vertiport Chicago’s heliport facility. This venture will provide ARG/US Platinum and Wyvern Wingman rated executive, cabin class helicopter service to charter clientele and Fortune 500 Companies.

Corporate flight departments and fixed-wing operators desire, and often require, an ARG/US Platinum and Wyvern Wingman certified operator. The ARG/US Platinum Rating is the highest level of safety and auditing standards in the aviation industry and is only awarded to those air carriers who have demonstrated successful implementation of industry best safety practices relative to their operations and maintenance. The Wyvern Wingman Standard for certification requires pilot and maintenance personnel training and experience that far exceeds regulatory minimums.

This partnership fills a standards void that was missing in the Chicago market and will further contribute to the growth of corporate helicopter charter aviation to where it was prior to the closing of Meigs field in 2003.

Vertiport Chicago is a state-of-the-art, full-service FBO commercial helicopter facility located in Chicago, minutes from downtown. Vertiport Chicago offers premium, VIP style, helicopter tour and charter brokerage services. HeliFlite exclusively operates twin-engine, dual-piloted, executive cabin-class aircraft (Sikorsky S76s and Bell 430s) for connections to outlying airports, resorts, residences and other regional destinations.

“HeliFlite is one of a very few dedicated helicopter operators who have achieved the prestigious ARG/US Platinum Rating.” said Anthony Pontarelli, CEO of Vertiport Chicago. “They have located to Vertiport Chicago and are operating out of our heliport as of this week. The demand has always been here in Chicago and now we can provide our executive corporate charter clientele the highest safety standards in the aviation industry.”

“This partnership is about two best-in-class organizations partnering to make helicopter service the best and safest it can be in Chicago and throughout the Midwest,” said Kurt Carlson, CEO of HeliFlite. “As a world-class, highly credentialed operator, we are now stationed near downtown in a state-of-the-art heliport in a world-class city. It is truly a best-in-class offering for Chicagoland corporate flight departments and charter clientele. We are very pleased to be a part of it.”

About HeliFlite

Founded in 1998, HeliFlite is a full service helicopter operator offering on-demand charter, a 25-hour HeliCard™, fractional ownership and aircraft management services. HeliFlite operations are based at Newark International Airport (KEWR) and operates within a 250-mile radius of New York City, throughout Florida and now in the Chicagoland area. As a result of its professional and customized service, HeliFlite is the preferred operator for Fortune 500 companies, aviation professionals and affluent travelers for both business and personal use.

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.


Patty Rioux
Chief Strategy Officer


Ed Gorecki, Jr
Director, Business Development
HeliFlite Shares, LLC
1-877-FLY-HELI (1-877-359-4354)

Media Contact: Ed Gorecki, Jr, HeliFlite Shares, LLC, 877-359-4354,

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