Simon Tanner
Simon Tanner

Helimission is a helicopter foundation registered in Herisau, county Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland. It is also registered in Lima, New York as a “501 (c) (3)” institution. The foundation is exempt from taxes.


Since 2002 Simon Tanner, son of Ernie Tanner, is the manager of Helimission.



Which king has the final say?

Short life account by Simon Tanner from the summer 2010 newsletter.  


Holistic aid for people in isolated areas
Holistic aid for people in isolated areas

Helimission’s aim is to bring social, medical and spiritual help to people in remote and inaccessible areas. Helimission is non-denominational and helps those in need without consideration of their religious affiliation.

Helimission operates in the following countries: Madagascar, Ethiopia and Indonesia. We are currently looking into other countries in which to operate.  

Main purpose

Helimission has two main purposes:

Long term operations in remote areas

We currently operate 3 helicopter bases: on the Indonesian islands Papua and Sulawesi, as well in Madagascar.


From our bases, we support local missionary organizations in the bush by flying in provisions for them - rather like a kind of taxi. In addition, we transport building material and medical supplies to supply and maintain bush hospitals.


Further, we fly in medical personnel to treat local inhabitants in remote areas. Many of our flights are to rescue emergency patients and accident victims.

SOS operations in disaster areas