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Salisbury becomes Board Director with Blackcomb Helicopters

January 4, 2024  By Helicopters Staff

Nick Salisbury, CEO of EmpireAir and new Board Director with Blackcomb Helicopters. (Photo: CNW Group/Blackcomb Helicopters)

Nick Salisbury becomes a Board Director of each of the Blackcomb Helicopters companies effective January 1, 2024. This is Blackcomb’s first new director appointment since McLean Group ownership started, which the company describes as reflecting an inflection point in its growth story, requiring outside perspective and experience.

With more than 25 years experience in geotechnical drilling and more than 10 years experience in design and construction of specialty foundations, Salisbury is listed as a primary inventor on five U.S. patents and has two international patents pending.

Salisbury founded Crux Subsurface, a geotechnical exploration and construction company in 1998 and in 2012 sold the business to Quanta Services Company, a global player in energy related construction. He continued as President of Crux until 2020.

Blackcomb explains, during Salisbury’s tenure at Crux and Quanta, a large percentage of their infrastructure design and construction projects have been completed using helicopter operations. Through much of his career, Blackcomb notes Salisbury has overseen utility scale electrical transmission construction including, greenfield, congested corridor, and fire hardening projects. He has championed, explains Blackcomb, new processes and procedures for helicopter assisted foundation and overhead structure and conductor installation on some of North Americas largest and most critical projects.


More recently, Salisbury acquired and serves as Chief Executive Officer of EmpireAir LLC which is a Spokane-based air charter operator that is pursuing full Part 135 operations with a fleet of turbo prop aircraft primarily serving the Pacific Northwest region.


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