Robert L. Suggs

Robert L. Suggs
Associated organizations
Petroleum Helicopters
Fields of study


Robert L. Suggs founded Petroleum Helicopters in 1949 and used his helicopters to support the work of seismic crew working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and in Louisiana. Using technology that had emerged from World War II, Suggs offered improved transportation that helped the fledgling offshore industry by giving offshore companies a faster, safer, and more efficient way to transport workers and equipment. The company eventually became the world's largest and most experienced commercial helicopter operator. Suggs, who died in 1989, was posthumously elected into the Offshore Energy Center's Hall of Fame.