Eclipse Helicopters, Cranbrook

Two pilots stand in front of a small aircraft owned by ELT Aviation, based in Cranbrook, B.C.

Eclipse Helicopters and ELT Aviation are based at Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook, B.C. — Photo courtesy KBT Enterprises Inc.

Eclipse Helicopters, founded in 1993 in Penticton, B.C., was sold to Derek Robinson in 2014 and expanded to Cranbrook in 2015. The branch employs four full-time pilots and is managed by Duncan and Cindi McNabb. Duncan is a pilot and Cindi is the office manager. Along with a fixed-wing aircraft owned by sister company ELT Aviation, Eclipse typically has one helicopter on site. During the fire season of 2017, two additional helicopters from the Penticton base joined the Cranbrook-based fire-fighting effort. Services provided by the company support fire suppression, resource development, tourism and medical transport.

Cranbrook-based Eclipse Helicopters carries visitors to the backcountry. — Photo courtesy KBT Enterprises Inc.

Marie Milner

Marie Milner is a writer and photographer for Kootenay Business magazine and several other publications. She appreciates the inspiration that she gets during her interviews and hopes to share that inspiration with you. View all of Marie Milner’s articles

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