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1998 Industry Pioneers
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Marine & Air Transportation


The first use of helicopters in transportation to offshore platforms was carried out at the request of Kerr-McGee and Humble Oil &
Refining Co. Bell Helicopters had developed the leading equipment in this field--the 3-person Model 47--and recognized the opportunity by forming the company Petroleum Bell Helicopters (PBHI). One of the pilots taking this decisive first leap was Al Danner who flew to a Kerr-McGee platform 8-10 miles offshore in 1948 (the rig was awaiting a tool from shore). A flat area on the LST anchored next to Humble's rig 28 served as landing pad for one of the first helicopters to be flown offshore. With helicopters now the globally-accepted mode of transportation to take crews and equipment to offshore sites, all rigs, platforms and vessels have permanently-installed helipads and refueling stations. Robert L. Suggs, Jack Lee, Larry Gussman and Maurice "Dookie" Bayon developed Petroleum Helicopters Inc. (PHI) from 1949 onwards to support seismic crews in Louisiana and offshore oil and gas industry, providing safe, reliable transportation and support to operations worldwide.

Recognizing the pioneering efforts of the following people and companies who contributed to the development of this technology:

Maurice "Dookie" Bayon, Al Danner, Larry Gussman, Jack Lee, Robert L. Suggs
Bell Helicopters, Humble Oil & Refining Co. (ExxonMobil), Kerr-McGee, Petroleum Helicopters, Inc.


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