Safety, Service...Success!

About Us

Who We Are


  This year marks 15 years in business for Vortex Helicopters Inc. We are still a family owned business located  in Fort McMurray, Alberta.  Owner/Pilot, Ryan McAssey, has over 25 years of experience in the Alberta Oil Sands and grew up in Northern Alberta.  His experience includes Environmental/Oil Field Support, Aerial Surveying, Power line work, Seismic, Reforestation, Precision Long Lining, Fire Fighting, Photography, Infrared Scanning and GPS Mapping. Due to our work in Vortex Oil Sands Contracting Inc. (lease building for oil sands exploration companies) Ryan has experienced the terrain both on the ground and in the air and is very familiar with the oil field activity from Wabasca to Fort McMurray. This knowledge is passed on, in our company, to all of our piloting staff. It has always been our policy to hire experienced and personable team players. Our employees are provided continuous high-calibre training, which includes knowledge of the area and the job functions of our clients. This helps them to be more effective in helping you to complete your job efficiently and safely.

Our Fleet


  We currently own and operate the following aircraft:   

  • 1 - AS350 BA 
  • 2 - AS350 B2  
  • 1 – AS350 B3e (Dual Hydraulic) 
  • 2 – Bell 212HP (BLR)       

  •  *Water buckets, nets, long lines, bucket slings and other accessories are available upon request.   These intermediate and one medium classed helicopters are available for long line or slung load. Each aircraft are equipped with ski/utility external baskets for additional cargo space, complimenting survey or environmental missions. Should your mission involve photography we have aircraft with sliding doors that can remain open in flight.  

Why Vortex


  Why you should choose Vortex Helicopters Inc. for all of your helicopter needs:   We are sincerely interested in giving you the best service to get your job done in a safe, timely and cost effective manner.   We can do this by:  

  • Taking clear and quality information for your booking to ensure we are fully prepared upon your arrival. Because we are a “Service Driven” company, we will offer logistical help beyond your flight requirements to ensure your mission is completed. (i.e.: Airport Pick-Ups and Drop Offs). 

  • Offering our experience and knowledge of the area to efficiently navigate and enhance your perspective on your project. 

  • Providing high time and experienced pilots who will get you to and from your destination more efficiently and safely. With 40,000 hours of safe, efficient flight between 5 pilots you are in good hands. 

  • Efficiently configuring our aircraft, making them as light as possible, to offer the highest airtime to fuel ratio. 

  • Regular cosmetic upkeep of the aircraft to provide scratch free windows and a clean interior. 

  • Providing wireless access to internet, refreshments and a spacious boardroom for planning and safety meetings. 

  •  Providing showers to clean up after a dirty, sticky and hot, (or cold and wet) day in the bush.