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During 1976, Heli Air Monaco’s first year of operation, around 750 people travelled in its two-seat Enstrom F28 helicopter (the only one at the time) on the seven-minute journey from the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport to the principality’s helipad in the Fontvieille quarter, its most popular route.

The company was founded by two brothers, both Monaco citizens. Patrick Crovetto was working as a private helicopter pilot in the US in the early 1970s, while sibling Jacques completed a business studies degree at the University of Lausanne. Returning home,…



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