ASPEN HELICOPTERS was originally a New Mexico Corporation established in the 1970s. In late 1979 a small group led by Richard and Phyllis Throckmorton and Charles McLaughlin started a California branch of the company. Later in 1980 the California team was given an option to purchase the corporation through a 5 year stock option.
From that time on Aspen spent the next 5 years with summer contracts supporting the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska plus flying in the local area for the government agencies and private land owners on all 8 Channel Islands.
In 1988 Aspen Helicopters became a California Corporation domiciled at the Oxnard Airport.
In 2016 Aspen consists of 7 helicopters and 7 multi-engine fixed wing aircraft. It has contracts and rental agreements with a multiple government agencies that include the Department of Defense, Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior, numerous California State agencies, private corporations and the general public.
Aspen is broken up into 4 revenues centers from helicopter and fixed wing contract and charter, an agricultural division, and a general aviation customer support center. Aspen operates under numerous Federal Aviation Regulations from on demand charter to an aviation facility certified maintenance repair station.
Charlie McLaughlin is member #18 of the All 8+ Club of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation. I In addition to the eight California Channel Islands, he has visited the following islands in bold on the Club's expanded list of Alta and Baja California islands:
ALL EIGHT PLUS:
- Rincon Island (man-made Channel Island)
- Año Nuevo
- Islas Coronado
- Islas Todos Santos
- Isla San Martin
- Isla San Geronimo
- Isla Guadalupe
- Islas San Benito
- Isla Cedros
- Isla Natividad
- Isla Asuncion
PLUS the extra ordinary extra credit islands of:
- Prince Island, San Miguel Island
- Gull Island, Santa Cruz Island