By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
The invitation reads, “We’ve spent 28 years taking people’s breath away. Tuesday, March 18th, will be no different.
Sundance Helicopters invites you to join us for gourmet food, cocktails, aerial acrobatics and a finale that will leave you breathless.”
How could anyone resist this invitation?
With 28 years in business, Sundance Helicopters, the largest and most experienced helicopter tour operator in Nevada, deserved this grand event.
Sundance Helicopters CEO, Bob Engelbrecht announced upgrading their fleet with new EC130t2s helicopters. The entire fleet conversion to the EC130 T2 by 2018. In addition, Engelbrecht arranged a new image branding campaign for the company.
The EC130 T2, recognized for its large cabin with the latest technology and safety features. Passengers comfort and visibility are important during the tours.
While Engelbrecht spoke, a mega wall-to-wall video screen told the story of his companies’ progress through the years.
Guests watched scenes of the Grand Canyon helicopter tours with highlights of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon West.
The beauty of the Grand Canyon’s red mountains and stunning vistas is memorable. One of nature’s wonders, this is an experience.
Ruby Steel, General Manager of Grand Canyon West, represented the Hulapai Nation Grand Canyon Resort Corporation (GCRC), wholly owned by the Hualapai Reservation and partners with the Sundance Helicopters.
Aaron Todd, the CEO of Air Methods Corp., the parent company of Sundance Helicopters also attended the event.
Sundance Helicopters is the longest running helicopter tour operator in Las Vegas, since 1985.
Following the presentation, Engelbrecht asked the guests to stand in the center of the ballroom. They opened the doors and a rainbow of lights flashed in the dark. Their latest EC130 T2 helicopter stood there for everyone to see as a finale.
Sundance Helicopters knows how to celebrate and spared no expense on this evenings VIP event.
The Tropicana Hotel’s spacious Havana Room became the setting for this elegant affair. Walking into the immense ballroom, the exceptionally large crystal chandelier attracted attention. The circular room design allowed excellent views from all areas.
Waiters greeted the guests with hors d’oeuvres as they entered. Their choices included Lobster Poblano Mac and Cheese, Shrimp, Chicken Skewer, Sushi and more.
The feast continued at the main buffet table with selections of Kobe Beef Hamburgers, Beef Hot Dogs, Beef Tenderloin Mac and Cheese, Roasted Chicken Mac and Cheese, fruit and cheese.
The second buffet held some interesting pasta dishes. Then the dessert table enticed the guests with cheesecake, cake, pie, tarts, chocolate treats, and truffles.
Aerialists entertained the guests during the buffet.
Sundance Helicopters offer daily flights from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park and Las Vegas tours. www.sundancehelicopters.com
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