Award-winning aerial tour company Blue Hawaiian Helicopters originated in 1985, when South Sea Helicopters pilot David Chevalier and his wife Patti bought the Maui division of the company and renamed it. As the firm’s CEO, David Chevalier has guided Blue Hawaiian to its position as Hawaii’s most honored and most successful aerial tour operator, and the only one serving all four of Hawaii’s major islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. Blue Hawaiian is also the only helicopter tour company in Hawaii certified by the United States Department of Defense Office of Aviation to provide assistance to the U.S. government. The company sets the bar very high for its pilots. All pilots come from the finest civilian or military backgrounds, undergo annual FAA inspections and recurrent factory training, and receive ongoing training in Blue Hawaiian’s state-of-the-art flight simulator, the only one owned by a Hawaii helicopter tour company. In addition, each pilot is required to become a State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guide. Every Blue Hawaiian helicopter offers sweeping panoramic views, custom interiors, the latest safety equipment, a four-camera digital DVD in-flight video system, two-way communication with the pilot, and BOSE® aviation-grade noise-canceling headsets. Guests can purchase a DVD of their flight right after the tour. The first U.S. company to earn certification from the Tour Operators Program of Safety, whose rigorous standards exceed the FAA’s, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has consistently garnered significant recognition over the years. Consistently voted “Best Air Tour” by readers of Hawaii’s local newspapers, the company was also featured in National Geographic’s “The Ten Best of Everything,” which named it “Hawaii’s premiere helicopter tour company.” Blue has received a coveted “Recommended” rating from Frommer’s Hawaii travel guides every year since 1996, in which Frommer’s calls Blue Hawaiian “the Cadillac of helicopter tour companies.” The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences has bestowed the prestigious International Star Diamond Award on Blue Hawaiian every year since 1995, making it the only activity company in the world so honored. The Academy has likewise recognized Blue Hawaiian with the rare Green Star Diamond Award, recognizing the company's exemplary stewardship of the environment.