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This week, HAI salutes Helicópteros de Guatemala Corporation.

HGC (the leading civil helicopter operator in that country) uses its deep knowledge of aviation, a fleet of modern helicopters, and more than 45 years of safe flying experience to provide diverse air services to Guatemala.

The company was founded in 1969 by Héctor Simón Morataya Morales, a Guatemalan businessman and the first person to obtain a helicopter license in that country. During a fixed-wing flight on an aerial-spray mission, Morales saw that helicopters would have the additional advantage of being able to land safely in confined areas and unimproved sites.

Today, with more than 125,000 flight hours behind it,  is the Guatemalan helicopter operator with the most experience in multiple missions, utilizing a fleet of company-owned aircraft with Guatemalan registrations. The company strives to maintain the highest international quality standards and complies with all civil aviation laws and the Guatemalan Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC).

HGC has earned the following certificates from the DGAC:
•    Air Operator Certificate DGAC / 017-2003
•    External Load Operating Certificate DGAC /CE-01-2004
•    Agricultural Aeronautic Operation Certificate DGAC/ AA-01-2004.

HGC’s focus is clients who value honor, transparency, and excellence. It aims to surpass its customers’ expectations through flight services, maintenance, equipment, and highly qualified staff, with an emphasis on safety and personalized attention.

The company’s headquarters and base is located at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, the nation’s capital. Its fleet of helicopters is composed of Bell 206B-3 and Bell 206L-1 and 206L-4 LongRanger aircraft. HCG is fully insured, including coverage for aircraft, passengers, and liability for damage to third parties.

HGC also believes strongly in the development of Guatemalan children, the potential of Guatemalan men and women, and in working together to improve the country. Each year, HGC organizes a fund-raising event for the Foundation Manuel y Concha Ralda and the DAR La Trinidad project.

This foundation provides Guatemalan families with a decent life, personalized attention in high-level education, health care, nutrition, psychology, and a community that fosters educated people who aspire for growth in their personal lives. To demonstrate its support for the foundation’s goals, HGC supports families living in extreme poverty in the Ocosito Village, Retalhuleu.

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