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Oceanview Helicopters


Oceanview Helicopters (OVHL) is a Canadian helicopter company based in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada that began operations in 1994. We now operate a fleet of helicopters working with clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, and also operate as a Transport Canada Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO).

Owned and operated by James Mode (President/Operations Manager) and Bill Chernoff (Director of Maintenance) who are both actively involved in the flying and maintaining of Oceanview’s fleet of aircraft.

Oceanview Helicopters has a high regard for safety and an experienced, professional staff with a strong work ethic and a commitment to service.

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Oceanview Helicopters performs a wide variety of operations using the specialized equipment necessary for each of these applications. From forestry and mining to utility/powerline operations we have the aircraft and the experience to successfully complete a wide variety of tasks.

Forestry • Windfirming • Mining • Wildlife Capture • Environmental • Support Charters • Tourism • Powerline

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We have extensive experience in utility operations throughout Western Canada. In addition to regular longline work we perform Transport Canada approved hard line stringing operations, skid transfer operations, for flying personnel directly on or off of standing structures as well as external work platform operations for marker cone and bird deviator installations.


Oceanview Helicopters offers custom sightseeing charters from our main base in Powell River BC. Experience our spectacular scenery from a unique perspective as we tour Desolation Sound to Princess Louisa Inlet flying over glaciers, waterfalls, remote beaches and pristine lakes that will take your breath away. Contact us for info and to book your custom tour today.

Support Charters

Oceanview Helicopters is available for charter to meet a wide range of applications. Please call to discuss your requirements.


Oceanview Helicopters is involved in all facets of the forestry industry, including: Cedar shake flying and cedar saw log salvage (Hourly or per meter and from charter to our stump to dump logging operations), heli-logging support, tree planting, cone collection, engineering support, silviculture surveys, drip torch operations, and timber cruising.

Enviromental Services

Oceanview Helicopters offers a variety of environmental services from hydro-seeding to aerial fertilization using Isolair buckets. We also have several styles of grapples which have been used extensively in creek cleaning operations.

Wildlife Capture

Oceanview Helicopters provides helicopter support to Canadian Wildlife Capture, in their ongoing operations in wildlife management. We provide fast, stable MD series aircraft, experienced crews with a positive professional attitude and a proven safety record to make quick work of your wildlife capture or survey project.


Oceanview Helicopters is very experienced in all mining related activities. This includes drill moves and support as well as soil sampling and geological mapping and surveying.


Oceanview Helicopters has three different tree pruners/toppers to cover the wide variety of tree stand types from immature second growth, to old growth stands.



Oceanview Helicopters is a Transport Canada Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO), capable of providing maintenance for the following aircraft: MD 500 series, MD 520N, MD 600N and Bell 206 series.

We also have a well stocked supply of MD 500 series parts.

For Maintenance information and parts pricing and availability contact our Director of Maintenance, Bill Chernoff, at 604-485-7135.

Our Fleet — The all MD500 fleet.

Oceanview Helicopters exclusively operates the MD500D helicopter. The MD500 series of helicopters are widely regarded as the aircraft of choice for highly specialized operations.



Oceanview Helicopters has a fully integrated and supported Safety Management System (SMS).

But it is much more than a safety system, it is an integral part of our company culture.

Implemented in 2008, our SMS has taken our flight and maintenance operations to new levels, continually increasing safety through effective, open communication and risk management.

cor-seal_98x98Oceanview Helicopters hold a BC Forest SAFE certificate and a Certificate of Recognition (COR) from the Alberta Construction Safety Association. This demonstrates leadership in making safety a priority and ensuring every employee, crew and passenger returns home safely.

MD Helicopters factory trainedOceanview Helicopters Staff

At Oceanview Helicopters, we are proud of our experienced, dedicated staff.

Our Pilots:

•  Have in excess of 4000 Hours in flight time •  Fly daytime VFR. (Visual Flight Rules) •  Are all proficient in external load and longline work •  Are all experienced in mountain flying •  Have all completed underwater egress training •  MD Helicopters factory trained

Our Aircraft Maintenance Engineers:

•  All Transport Canada licensed •  MD Helicopters and Rolls Royce factory trained •  Total of 45 years experience working on MD Helicopters

logoPresident/Operations Manager: James Mode

Director of Maintenance: Bill Chernoff
Chief Pilot: Matt Larocque
Safety Manager: Ben Berukoff

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7390 Empress Way
Powell River, BC V8A 0T4