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Hillsboro Aviation currently provides exclusive-use helicopter services for U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs in locations throughout the United States. Additionally, all Type II and Type III helicopters are inspected and carded for U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Forest Service call-when-needed contracts.

The aircraft, trucks and support equipment are meticulously maintained. Special emphasis is placed on the appearance of the equipment as part of our commitment to quality customer service.

Our pilots, mechanics and drivers are respected members of the aerial firefighting community because of their knowledge and experience. Our dedicated staff and parts support system ensure minimal down time during inspections and maintenance. We consistently receive high scores on performance evaluations and have many repeat customers.

Response from a helicopter manager who worked with Hillsboro Aviation:

“…it is an unavoidable piece of the puzzle to have mechanical issues with helicopters. I am impressed, once again, with your mechanics and their thorough check of the ship...please pass along our appreciation to them. I am also very pleased with the rapid nature in which the problem was resolved...I know it is the bottom line ($$$) for the company, however I get the impression that it is more than that for you and your folks.  It is nice to see that you take such pride in the Hillsboro name and do so by showing an eagerness to keep the helicopter available for whatever mission arises.”