About Big Blue Air HelicoptersPremier Helicopter Charter and Tour Company.
Big Blue Air Helicopters started as a small family owned business in Bermuda Dunes, CA, operating a single piston-engine helicopter. Today, Big Blue Air has relocated to Palm Springs International Airport and now exclusively operates a fleet of turbine-engine helicopters, which offer a much higher standard of performance and safety margin.
Our goal is to excel in customer service by making your flight fully customizable to your needs, while making safety our number one priority. All of our helicopters have air-conditioning and the option for in-flight catering and landings at off-airport sites with landowner permission.
Each of our pilots have thousands of hours flight time, as well as undergoing recurring training exercises to ensure the highest standards of safety are met. Our maintenance director is one of the best known in the LA Basin for quality work, and is trusted by Red Bull to maintain their helicopter used for aerobatic flips.
Chief Pilot / CEO
Christopher Cheek made his name in the aviation industry flying for two Regional Airlines, single pilot operations for FedEx, an FAA flight instructor/check airman and a captain in corporate jets racking up thousands of hours all over the country. Additionally, Christopher has owned companies in a multitude of industries over the years and acted as CFO for a large contracting firm.
Now he has combined his expertise in aviation and the business world to lead Big Blue Air Helicopters to success in today’s market.
Assistant Chief Pilot
Kelton Porter is a helicopter flight instructor, originally from California. He brings experience from flying a variety of missions to the table, ranging from giving tourists a view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to offshore tuna fishing where demanding landings onto a moving ship are a daily necessity.
Kelton knows the helicopter industry in bustling Southern California and operations as intricate as remote Papua New Guinea, making him a valuable asset to Big Blue Air Helicopters.
FAA Air Carrier Certificate Number: UK6A555W. Letter of Authorization: FAA Letter of Authorization Part 91 ID No.: B49JBBAC
FAA Part 135 Certificate
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that all Aircraft Operators carrying passengers for compensation or hire, in point to point operations, known as Charters (On Demand flights) or Air Taxi (Commuter flights) to be operating with an FAA Part 135 certification.
What exactly does this mean?
In order to be transported from one location and dropped off at another, the FAA legally requires the Aircraft Operator to have a FAA Part 135 certification.
If you are in need of helicopter charter services, be sure to ask the operator if they’re a Part 135 Certificated operator and ask them to show you their FAA Part 135 Certification. They will proudly show you their certificate and answer any questions you may have about it.
Operating under a Part 135 Certificate means they are operating as an Air Carrier and adhere to the same rules and safety regulations as the Airlines. The Aircraft Operator is operating to a higher maintenance standard and that their pilots are experienced, qualified, certified and regularly re-certified by the FAA to ensure passenger safety.