Published on December 1st, 2014 | by FII Reader


Executive Helicopters

Executive Helicopters an Irish helicopter success story! Executive Helicopters owned by Capt. Chris Shiel was started in 2001 operating a single passenger Robinson R22 helicopter growing and developing into one of Ireland’s most successful helicopter companies.

Executive helicopters operate a fleet of helicopters consisting of Eurocopter’s EC120B Colibri (4 passenger, Single Engine), AS355N Twin Squirrel (5 Passenger, Twin Engine) and Bell 222’s (7 passenger, Twin Engine). The company has previously operated a fleet of Robinson helicopters for training and a Sikorsky S-61 which was operated in the UK. Executive also provides highly specialist equipment for, HD Filming, Infra Red and Thermal Imaging, Aerial Fertilising, Fire Fighting, Lifting etc. Together with Capt. Billy Doyle who has worked in every aspect of the Industry for over 20 years and most recent recruit Capt. Liam Warren they prove a formidable team with specialist skills recognised on an international level.



The fleet of Robinson helicopters on the ramp in Galway airport a few years ago.



The Twin Squirrel taking a break on Bray Head between pleasure flights at the Bray Airshow.



Over the last couple of years Executive has successfully secured;

  • The ESBI Networks National Aerial Contract (5 Yrs) Providing Surveying Services, Infra Red Thermal and Corona Imaging using its own equipment and Emergency services such as those required following storm “Darwin” last year.
  • The Bord Gais Networks National Survey (4 Yrs)
  • Coillte Approved Supplier – providing Fire Fighting and Aerial Fertilisation services

The AS355 Twin Squirrel and the EC-120 flying in close formation at dusk.

Executive Helicopters have also gained high credibility in the Aerial Filming sector and received high recognition for its skill, working with local Irish production Companies including Secrets of the Irish landscape which won Gold in the Prestigious New York Festivals’ Worlds Best TV & Film Awards, to internationally renowned large Film Production companies such as Warner Bros, CBS and Disney.

Phenomenal growth has also been seen in the high-end Heli-Golf industry with business doubling in the last two years. The High standard of Executive Heli-Golfing has seen a strong repeat client base and now also expanding to Scottish Heli Golfing.

During 2014 Executive Helicopters was also nominated as a finalist in the Aviation Industry Awards 2014. Executive still has many plans and goals for expansion and will not be resting on its laurels, what next? Watch this space………


EI-LOW over The Burren.


BD FAB Plough-5

EC-120 EI-FAB over the National Ploughing Championships in Co. Laois last September. Pat Lanigan-Ryan








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