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Helinet Aviation names Allison Rakun as President

May 9, 2024  By Helicopters Staff

Allison Rakun becomes president of Helinet Aviation based at Los Angeles’ Van Nuys Airport. (Photo: Helinet Aviation)

Helinet Aviation, a provider of helicopter services since 1987, appointed Allison Rakun as its new president, effective immediately. Helinet explains outgoing President Tom Norton has stepped down.

The company explains, with her decade-long tenure at the company, Rakun is well-equipped to lead and execute Helinet’s strategic plans, while focusing on financial and operational priorities to drive growth and success.

At Helinet, Rakun served in various roles including VP of Marketing, VP of Business Development, and VP of Policy and Strategy, among others since 2014. Her most recent position, EVP of Mission Support, involved managing critical aspects of the business including finance, human resources, charter services, and marketing and working closely with the operations leaders within the company.

“It is with great honour and privilege that I assume the role of President of Helinet Aviation,” said Rakun. “I am deeply grateful to our CEO Kathryn Purwin for her confidence in me to help lead this company into the future.”


Located at Los Angeles’ Van Nuys Airport, Helinet provides a range of helicopters services to the medical, news, charter, public safety, utility, and commercial production markets.

“Allison has played a key role in shaping short- and long-term strategy, strengthening client partnerships, modernizing, and optimizing company policies, and spearheading initiatives to drive business development and organizational growth,” said Purwin. “Most importantly, Allison’s vision for Helinet is grounded in her commitment to the success and well-being of every Helinet team member.”

A graduate of California Lutheran University, Rakun holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She led marketing at Shotover Systems for more than seven years, and prior to her career in aviation, held multiple positions in the public relations industry.



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