Helinet Appoints Van Bogardus as New Director of Utility
March 31, 2022
(Los Angeles, CA – March 31, 2022) – Helinet, one of the most diverse and respected helicopter companies in the United States, announced today the appointment of Van Bogardus as its new Director of Utility. Bogardus brings over 30 years of leadership to his new role, having worked in various segments of law enforcement including air support, patrol, search and rescue, safety, and training. A former U.S. Forest Service carded pilot, Van will oversee all aspects of the company's Utility Division, including flight operations, FAA Part 133 training, and scheduling, in addition to fostering new growth opportunities for the division.
After two successful years flying firefighting missions, the company is actively ramping up its efforts with additional aircrews and support equipment. "Strategic planning, management, and strong leadership are crucial to our fire mission and I am confident in Van's ability to guide the department as we continue to scale, stated Helinet President Tom Norton. "His decades of proven leadership across various roles in aviation will be a key attribute to the success of this division as we expand our operations."
Helinet entered the Utility market in 2020 through a partnership with Brown Helicopter and Andzue Helicopter. An extremely busy year led to Helinet doubling its firefighting capabilities in May 2021 with the addition of a second UH-60 Firehawk. The company has contracts with the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE, and the states of Oregon, Montana, Washington, and Alaska.
Bogardus has received numerous awards over his career including the Silver and Bronze Star Medals of Valor, Combat Action Cross, several Letters of Commendation, and 3 California State Senate Life Saving Awards.
"I'm honored to join the Helinet team and be a part of a well-respected organization that helps save lives and positively impacts communities," said Bogardus. "I look forward to working with our utility partners and providing the most effective aerial firefighting solutions possible."
When not fighting fires, Helinet's UH-60 aircraft are available to assist with other missions such as powerline construction and maintenance projects. Additional utility service offerings include LiDAR and aerial mapping, powerline and pipeline inspection, and aerial frost control.
About Helinet: Helinet is a diversified aviation service provider located at Los Angeles' Van Nuys Airport. With more than 35 years in business, the company has earned a highly trusted and widely respected industry-wide reputation for its exceptional pilots, unparalleled service, and outstanding safety record. Helinet serves the following markets: emergency medical services, including patient, medical team and organ transport; electronic news gathering; motion picture, television and commercial production; utility including aerial firefighting; airborne law enforcement; aircraft fleet management; and V.I.P. charter. For more information: www.helinet.com.