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New President appointed at Columbia Helicopters

New President appointed at Columbia Helicopters

Columbia Helicopters Inc. announced today that Jim Rankin, President and CEO, has resigned, effective June 30. The company has promoted Steve Bandy, Senior Vice President of Operations to President of the Aurora-based, global provider of heavy-lift helicopters services and MRO operator. The company is retiring the CEO position. Rankin led Columbia during a downturn in… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 05-Jul-17

Three operators awarded $948M contract for rotary wing airlift services

Three operators awarded $948M contract for rotary wing airlift services

AAR Airlift Group Inc., Palm Bay, Florida (HTC711-17-D-R016, $158,659,780); Construction Helicopters Inc., doing business as CHI Aviation, Howell, Michigan (HTC711-17-D-R017, $153,972,615); and Columbia Helicopters, Aurora, Oregon (HTC711-17-D-R018, $172,187,683), have been awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, fixed-price contracts to provide rotary wing airlift services, which support U.S. Central Command area of responsibility (USCENTCOM AOR).  The total value of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-May-17

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Columbia Helicopters receives Boeing Gold Award

Columbia Helicopters receives Boeing Gold Award

Columbia Helicopters, Inc. has announced that it has received a 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award for its CH-47 Chinook transmission repair efforts. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Portland, Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters received the award for maintaining a Gold performance rating for each month of the… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 17-May-17

LifePort Delivers Lightweight Armor Kit for Columbia Helicopters

LifePort Delivers Lightweight Armor Kit for Columbia Helicopters

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, announced today that it has delivered four shipsets of cabin and cockpit floor armor for Columbia Helicopters’ 107-II aircraft (commercial equivalent to the Boeing CH-46).  The armor is designed to protect crew members while operating in hazardous environments. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT). Through years of experience and… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 09-Mar-17

Columbia Completes 1st Firefighting Season w/World’s Largest Tanks

With a lengthy and very destructive firefighting season under their belts, Columbia Helicopters has credited part of its overall success to its two Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters that were equipped with the world’s largest helicopter Fire Attack System (FAS) internal water tanks. During 2016’s fire season, seven of Columbia Helicopters’ aircraft logged nearly 1,500 hours,… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 07-Mar-17

Columbia Wins FAA AMT Diamond Award

Columbia Wins FAA AMT Diamond Award

Columbia Helicopters has earned its fifth consecutive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) AMT Employer Diamond Award of Excellence for its aviation maintenance technician (AMT) training program. Portland, Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters has received the annual award 14 times in the past 21 years. The award, which will be presented in a special ceremony on May 4, has… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 07-Mar-17

Columbia 60th Anniversary Fact Sheet

Columbia 60th Anniversary Fact Sheet

Columbia Helicopters is celebrating its 60th anniversary throughout 2017. Here are a few items of interest about one of the world’s most successful rotorcraft service and support companies:  Columbia Helicopters was founded on April 24, 1957, by Wes Lematta with a single Hiller 12Bhelicopter. Over the past 60 years, Columbia Helicopters has been leading the way… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 07-Mar-17

Columbia Helicopters Selects SKYTRAC Flight Data Monitoring

Columbia Helicopters Selects SKYTRAC Flight Data Monitoring

Columbia Helicopters, a leader in heavy-lift helicopter operations for commercial and government services, has selected SKYTRAC Flight Data Monitoring to improve real time awareness on their Chinook 234 missions. The SKYTRAC solution features real-time analysis of engine exceedances and operational deviations. The system also uses SKYTRAC’s Satellite Data Download feature to offload full flight logs… Read more »

Source: SKYTRAC, 27-Feb-17

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Columbia Helicopters awarded $25M contract for two helicopters in Afghanistan

Columbia Helicopters awarded $25M contract for two helicopters in Afghanistan

Columbia Helicopters Inc., Aurora, Oregon, has been awarded task order HTC711-11-D-R021/0004 for $24,983,704.  This task order award will provide two rotary wing aircraft to move cargo and passengers throughout Afghanistan.  Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an expected completion date of March 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Jun-16

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Columbia Helicopters Chinook fights first fire

Columbia Helicopters Chinook fights first fire

Columbia Helicopters reported recently that they had added internal fire fighting tanks to its fleet of CH-47D Chinook helicopters this season, and now they have confirmed that their aircraft N471CH has fought its first fire in Minnesota. Working in the land of 10,000 lakes, the Chinook and crew fought a 100 acre fire and was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-16

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Colombia Helicopters and AAR awarded total of $65M more for Afghan transport work

Colombia Helicopters and AAR awarded total of $65M more for Afghan transport work

Columbia Helicopters and AAR Airlift Group have been awarded modifications to contracts for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance, and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation service. Columbia has been awarded a $31,294,989 modification (Task Order 0002, Modification 33) to previously awarded contract HTC711-11-D-R021.  The modification brings the total cumulative face… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-16

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Columbia Helicopters wins US Forest Service contracts

Columbia Helicopters wins US Forest Service contracts

With fire season rapidly approaching in the Western United States, Columbia Helicopters is prepared once again to assist in battling wildland fires. The Oregon-based company has five aircraft under contract with the U.S. Forest Service this season, and more helicopters could be made available if needed. “We have a long history of supporting Forest Service… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 22-Apr-16

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All Metal MS supplies huge maintenance stands to Columbia Helicopters

All Metal MS supplies huge maintenance stands to Columbia Helicopters

All Metal MS, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of solution-driven custom “safety first” Maintenance Stands, Fall Protection Platforms, Hangar Equipment and Specialty Tooling announced that it delivered a customized line of Fall Protection Platforms to Columbia Helicopters Portland, Oregon facility. All Metal developed the concept of designing an adjustable Fall Protection Platform,… Read more »

Source: All Metal MS, 21-Jan-16

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Columbia Chinook added to Cal Fire fleet

Columbia Chinook added to Cal Fire fleet

CAL FIRE is beefing up their aerial firefighting fleet with a newly stationed “stage one,” or large, chopper at the Chico Municipal Airport. See Full Story

Source: KRCR News, 25-Aug-15

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Columbia Helicopters Names Bandy as Senior Vice President of Operations

Columbia Helicopters Names Bandy as Senior Vice President of Operations

Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce the promotion of Steve Bandy to Senior Vice President of Operations. He has been serving as the Vice President of Operations since 2012. In addition to his current responsibilities of the Flight and Operations Departments, Bandy will assume leadership over the Maintenance Department and the Quality, Engineering and Supply… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 03-Jun-15

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Columbia Helicopters gets $63M extension to Afghan contract

Columbia Helicopters gets $63M extension to Afghan contract

Two companies have been awarded contracts for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation service. Columbia Helicopters Inc., Aurora, Oregon, was awarded a $63,644,013 modification (0002-31) to previously awarded contract HTC711-11-D-R021. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $377,093,731… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Apr-15

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More lawsuits filed in fatal Peru helicopter crash

More lawsuits filed in fatal Peru helicopter crash

Two more wrongful-death lawsuits have been filed in connection with a helicopter crash in South America that killed five Americans and two Peruvians two years ago. See Full Story

Source: My Sanantonio, 12-Jan-15

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AAR and Columbia Helicopters have US military contracts in Afghanistan extended

AAR and Columbia Helicopters have US military contracts in Afghanistan extended

Two airlines have been awarded contract modifications for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation service. The first airline, Columbia Helicopters, Inc. Aurora, Oregon, was awarded a $20,069,056 modification (0002-29) to previously awarded contract HTC711-11-D-R021. The second, AAR Airlift Group, Inc., Palm Bay, Florida,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jan-15

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Columbia Helicopters appoints Finance VP

Columbia Helicopters appoints Finance VP

Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce the promotion of Matt Long to Vice President of Finance. The promotion is effective January 2, 2015. Long replaces Stan Wilson, who held the titles of company President and Vice President of Finance. Wilson was recently promoted to the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Matt has… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 05-Jan-15

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Columbia Helicopters names new President & CEO

Columbia Helicopters names new President & CEO

Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Rankin as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. This hiring – effective December 1 of this year – follows the retirements of current Chairman of the Board Nancy Lematta and current CEO Michael Fahey, and the promotion of Stan Wilson from president to… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 12-Nov-14

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Columbia Helicopters Opens Military Helicopter Maintenance Center

Columbia Helicopters Opens Military Helicopter Maintenance Center

Columbia Helicopters, Inc., a member of the American Helicopter Services And Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA), has opened a new facility which will be totally focused on the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of military helicopters. The 16,000 square foot building, located at the company’s headquarters and maintenance complex at Aurora (Oregon) State Airport, will be… Read more »

Source: AHSAFA, 03-Sep-14

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Columbia Helicopters names VP of Supply Chain and Manufacturing

Columbia Helicopters names VP of Supply Chain and Manufacturing

Columbia Helicopters is pleased to name Mike Brunner as the company’s new Vice President of Supply Chain and Manufacturing. He will begin work for the company in mid-July. Brunner joins Columbia Helicopters with a diverse and deep background in supply chain, manufacturing, military aircraft maintenance, leadership, and international business. Most recently, he has been with… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 06-Jun-14

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Columbia Helicopters Appoints Senior Advisor

Columbia Helicopters Appoints Senior Advisor

Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce the appointment of Kees Blekxtoon as a Senior Advisor to the company. Mr. Blekxtoon will support the company’s marketing efforts in the Netherlands and India. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Blekxtoon has served as President for The Boeing Company, Northern & Western Europe, and as President of Stork/Fokker International…. Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 26-May-14

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Retired Major General Joins Board of Columbia Helicopters

Retired Major General Joins Board of Columbia Helicopters

Columbia Helicopters is extremely pleased to announce that Major General (MG) (retired) William T. “Tim” Crosby has agreed to join the company’s Board of Directors. Tim recently retired after serving for almost 35 years in the U.S. Army. He most recently served as Program Executive Officer for Army Aviation. His service history included myriad operational… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 12-May-14

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Columbia Helicopters awarded $30M US Army Chinook contract

Columbia Helicopters awarded $30M US Army Chinook contract

Columbia Helicopters Inc.*, Aurora, Ore., was awarded a $30,552,180 firm-fixed-price contract for the after rotor head and the forward rotor head for the Chinook weapons system. The minimum quantity (combined for the rotor heads) is ten and the maximum quantity is 198. Funding and performance location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-May-14

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Columbia Helicopters receives 10th FAA Diamond Award

Columbia Helicopters receives 10th FAA Diamond Award

 The American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) congratulates Columbia Helicopters on receiving its 10th William (Bill) O’Brien Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Diamond Award Of Excellence.  Presentation of the award will be on June 26, by Ron Reeves, FAA Safety Team Program Manager for the NW Mountain Region, Portland Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). “The Diamond Award of… Read more »

Source: AHSAFA, 22-Apr-14

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Columbia Helicopters Adding Army Surplus CH-47Ds

Columbia Helicopters Adding Army Surplus CH-47Ds

 Columbia Helicopters is expanding its fleet of heavy lift, twin-rotor aircraft with the acquisition of five Boeing CH-47D helicopters, formerly operated by the US Army. The helicopters, originally manufactured in the early 1970s as CH-47C models, but upgraded in 1988 to the D-model configuration, will join the operator’s fleet of six Columbia Model 234 Chinooks,… Read more »

Source: AHSAFA, 28-Mar-14

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Columbia Helicopters Goes Live on Ramco Aviation Suite

Columbia Helicopters Goes Live on Ramco Aviation Suite

Ramco Systems, the global Aviation Software provider on Cloud, Mobile and Tablets, announced the successful go-live of Ramco Aviation version 5.6, at Columbia Helicopters Inc. (CHI), the world leader in commercial heavy-lift helicopter operations. CHI is one of the first customers of Ramco Aviation who have been using the series 3 for more than a… Read more »

Source: Ramco Systems, 26-Feb-14

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Twirly Birds announce Les Morris Award Recipient for 2014

Twirly Birds announce Les Morris Award Recipient for 2014

Social helicopter pilot group, Twirly Birds has announced the 2014 Les Morris Award Recipient as Mr. Roy Simmons.  Mr. Simmons’ contributions to the helicopter business began over fifty years ago as a U.S. Marine Corp aviator and later extended to a prestigious career with Columbia Helicopters that lasted 33 years after retiring as president of… Read more »

Source: Twirly Birds, 24-Feb-14

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Columbia Helicopters buys three CH-47D from US Army

Columbia Helicopters buys three CH-47D from US Army

Columbia Helicopters has announced the acquisition of three Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters. The aircraft were purchased from the United States government. These aircraft will join the company’s fleet of commercial super-heavy-lift helicopters which Columbia uses for its traditional markets. No specific projects or contracts are immediately identified for these aircraft. “We are pleased to add… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 18-Feb-14

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USTransCom renews Afghanistan contract with Columbia Helicopters for $87M

USTransCom renews Afghanistan contract with Columbia Helicopters for $87M

Columbia Helicopters Inc., Aurora, Ore., is being awarded modification 23 to task order 0002, and modification 18 to task order 0003 totaling $87,697,701 to previously awarded contract HTC711-11-D-R021 to exercise option year three for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation services. Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Nov-13

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Columbia Helicopters assists Australia with CH-47D returns from Afghanistan

Columbia Helicopters assists Australia with CH-47D returns from Afghanistan

Columbia Helicopters has been working with the Australian Army on preparations for the return of two CH 47D Chinook helicopters from Afghanistan.  The two helicopters flew some 5,600 missions since deployed there in 2006. The Portland-based company, which has a global reputation for expertise in maintenance of the CH 47 and other Boeing Vertol-built twin-rotor helicopter… Read more »

Source: AHS&AFA, 04-Nov-13

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Columbia Helicopters takes delivery of its first simulator

Columbia Helicopters takes delivery of its first simulator

Columbia Helicopters has taken delivery of its first simulator for pilot training, following a two-year search and product evaluation. “We are a growing company, and need the additional training capacity that a simulator of our own would provide,” explainedChris Gage, the Portland-based company’s chief pilot.  “Although we have used local flight schools in the past,… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 19-Sep-13

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Multi-State Wildland Fires Stretch Airborne Firefighting Fleets

Multi-State Wildland Fires Stretch Airborne Firefighting Fleets

As wildland fires rage across nine far western States in the Continental US, airtanker and helicopter operators are continuing to support ground-based fire fighters, despite heavy demand for aerial assets. “We have every available aircraft under USFS exclusive use contract working on–or prepared to deploy–to a fire,” said Ron Hooper, Chief Executive Officer of Neptune Aviation… Read more »

Source: AHS&AFA, 20-Aug-13

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Columbia Helicopters deploys to Western US wildfires

Columbia Helicopters deploys to Western US wildfires

Columbia Helicopters is responding to the sudden surge in fires across the western United States with four heavy-lift helicopters deployed to fires.  This includes two aircraft assigned to the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, CO. The company also has a helicopter working on a fire near Santa Fe, NM, as well as one near… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 17-Jun-13

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Columbia Helicopters receives first three ex Swedish BV107s

Columbia Helicopters receives first three ex Swedish BV107s

Columbia Helicopters has taken delivery of the first three of ten heavy lift helicopters purchased from the Swedish Department of Defense.  The total order includes six Boeing Vertol 107-II and four Kawasaki Vertol 107-II models.  The price was not disclosed. According to Columbia Helicopter’s Public Relations Manager Dan Sweet , the three Boeing Vertol 107-II… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 02-Apr-13

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Columbia Helicopters buys ten Vertol 107s from Swedish military

Columbia Helicopters buys ten Vertol 107s from Swedish military

The Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency (FXM) has recently sold ten retired HKP 4s to the large American operator Columbia Helicopters Inc (CHI). The agreement was settled in December 2012 and the deliveries were started this month. The aircraft, which includes six Boeing Vertol 107-II and four Kawasaki Vertol 107-II helicopters, will join the… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 27-Feb-13

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Columbia Helicopters names new President

Columbia Helicopters names new President

In a long-planned move, Columbia Helicopters announces that Stan Wilson would assume the office of President of the company. Mike Fahey remains Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as Columbia Helicopters initiates the first of several actions to focus the leadership team on future growth opportunities. “Our company’s current global economic outlook has finally offered us the… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 20-Feb-13

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Columbia announces Memorial Fund for families of Peruvian crash

Columbia announces Memorial Fund for families of Peruvian crash

Columbia Helicopters announces the establishment of a memorial fund that will assist the families of the seven employees who perished in a recent helicopter crash in Peru. The funds raised will be distributed equally among all families. The “CHI 241 Peru Memorial Fund” has been created at Wells Fargo banks, which can accept donations at… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 16-Jan-13

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Columbia Helicopters confirms Peru accident

Columbia Helicopters confirms Peru accident

Columbia Helicopters sadly confirms the loss of seven employees in a crash of a Model 234 helicopter in Peru. The employees included five American citizens and two Peruvian citizens. The helicopter was working near Pucallpa, Peru, under contract to support petroleum exploration operations. No other persons were on board the tandem-rotor helicopter when it was… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 09-Jan-13

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Columbia Helicopters Chinook down in Peru with 7 fatalities

Columbia Helicopters Chinook down in Peru with 7 fatalities

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jan-13

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07-Jan-13 N241CH Boeing 234LR Pucallpa, Peru (7K)

Minutes after take-off from Pucallpa, the helicopter appeared to have a problem en route and smoke was coming from the aircraft.  Shortly after it crashed into a jungle area killing all 7 on board – 2 Peruvians – Joel Castillo and Luis Ramos, and 5 Americans – Dan Immel , Ed Córdova, Jaime Pickett, Lee… Read more »

07-Jan-13

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Columbia Helicopters awarded $97M for Afghanistan work

Columbia Helicopters awarded $97M for Afghanistan work

Canadian Commercial Corp./Canadian Helicopters Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, $72,393,145 (HTC711-10-D-R025); AAR Airlift Group Inc., Palm Bay, Fla., $161,544,147; (HTC711-10-D-R026 TO 0001 and 0002); Vertical de Aviacion Ltd., Bogota, Columbia, $214,259,924 (HTC711-10-D-R027 TO 0001 and TO 0002); Evergreen Helicopters Inc., McMinnville, Ore., $24,628,600 (HTC711-10-D-R028); Columbia Helicopters Inc., Aurora, Ore., $97,795,019, (HTC711-11-D-R021 TO 0002 and 0003); and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Nov-12

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Columbia Helicopters to diverisfy into military engine maintenance

Columbia Helicopters to diverisfy into military engine maintenance

Seeing a growing business opportunity in military helicopter engine repair services, Columbia Helicopters has built upon its long-time relationship with engine manufacturer Honeywell International, and is in the process of opening a second test cell at its Aurora, Oregon, maintenance base. Under its new agreement with Honeywell, which was finalized in March, 2012, Columbia Helicopters is now… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 23-May-12

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Columbia Helicopters opens T55 engine testing facility

Columbia Helicopters opens T55 engine testing facility

Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce the official opening of their new turbine engine testing facility. The $4 million project will allow the company to work on a wider variety of turbine helicopter engines, and will result in the addition of several new customers. The new facility, commonly called an engine test cell, is specifically… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 24-Jan-12

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Columbia Helicopters identifies key to growth

Columbia Helicopters identifies key to growth

“Our pursuit of commercial, and military helicopter maintenance and operational contracts in new areas has resulted in our ability to grow and hire more people,” said Michael Fahey, President of the Aurora, Oregon-based company. “At the same time, we are continually developing new contracts with our global petroleum and logging customers. Columbia Helicopters owns, operates,… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 30-Dec-11

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Columbia Helicopters awarded $54M more for Afghanistan work

Columbia Helicopters awarded $54M more for Afghanistan work

Columbia Helicopters, Inc., Portland, Ore., is being awarded a $54,670,930 option year modification for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance, and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation services.  Work will be performed in Afghanistan, and the option will start Nov. 1, 2011, to be completed by Oct. 31, 2012.  This… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Nov-11

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Ramco Systems signs Columbia Helicopters

Ramco Systems signs Columbia Helicopters

Under the agreement, Ramco will deliver Series 5 M&E and MRO, Ramco’s Aviation Analytics®, ePublications®, Financials and eSignatures® as well as Ramco’s extensible tools known as EDK, ITK and PDK. CHI will utilize the Series 5 suite to manage all aspects of their operations including aircraft manufacturing, helicopter maintenance operations and MRO under their FAA Repair… Read more »

Source: Ramco Systems, 20-Oct-11

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Columbia Helicopters promotes two in Maintenance Dept

Columbia Helicopters promotes two in Maintenance Dept

Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce the promotions of Kurt Koehnke to vice president of Maintenance and Roy Toavs to director of Maintenance. The Aurora, Oregon-based company owns, operates and maintains the world’s largest private fleet of heavy-lift helicopters. “As part of our continuing effort to support our business challenges and growth, we are promoting… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 14-Sep-11

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Columbia Helicopters awarded $17M for transportation services in Afghanistan

Columbia Helicopters awarded $17M for transportation services in Afghanistan

Columbia Helicopters, Inc. ofAurora, Ore., is being awarded a $17,065,000.00 task order for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation services.  Work will be performed in Afghanistan and will start July 1, 2011 to be completed by Oct. 31, 2011.  This contract was a… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Jul-11

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Columbia Helicopters starts construction on T55-714 engine test cell

Columbia Helicopters starts construction on T55-714 engine test cell

Columbia Helicopters (CHI), a 26-year operator of the Model 234 aircraft (the civilian version of the CH47 Chinook), has broken ground for the expansion of its T55 engine maintenance capabilities to include a T55-714 engine test cell. The test cell is located at the company’s maintenance headquarters at Aurora, Oregon. This expansion will add T55-714… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 08-Apr-11

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Columbia Helicopters receives CARB certification

Columbia Helicopters receives CARB certification

Columbia Helicopters proudly announces that the Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB) recently certified our Oregon-based company for Department of Defense (DOD) passenger and cargo operations. With this and prior certifications, Columbia Helicopters is now eligible to bid on a more comprehensive variety of contracts for heavy-lift helicopters for all U.S. government agencies. The CARB audit,… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 28-Feb-11

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Columbia Helicopters achieves EN/AS9110 quality standards

Columbia Helicopters achieves EN/AS9110 quality standards

Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce that the international risk management firm Det Norske Veritas recently registered the Oregon-based company to the aerospace quality standard of EN/AS9110. This certification establishes quality standards for work performed by aerospace Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) organizations within the United States.  Columbia Helicopters’ certification also recognizes that the company… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 24-Jan-11

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Massive storm in Nebraska gave Columbia Helicopters extensive power line restoration work

Massive storm in Nebraska gave Columbia Helicopters extensive power line restoration work

Columbia Helicopters of Portland, Oregon, has successfully completed one of Nebraska’s most complex and extensive power line reconstruction missions in recent years. This followed a massive storm which raced across Buffalo and Dawson counties, Nebraska, with winds up to 100 miles per hour. The July 17 storm, which included two reported tornados, destroyed approximately 32… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 02-Sep-10

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Columbia Helicopters deploys second BV107 to GOM oil spill

Columbia Helicopters deploys second BV107 to GOM oil spill

Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce the deployment of a second heavy-lift helicopter to Louisiana to assist with efforts in preventing the further spread of the Gulf oil spill. The helicopters will also assist with clean-up operations already underway. Working currently under contract to British Petroleum (BP), the two Columbia 107-II helicopters will carry sandbags… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 03-Jun-10

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Columbia Helicopters to Deploy Two More Chinooks to Papua New Guinea

Columbia Helicopters to Deploy Two More Chinooks to Papua New Guinea

Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce that it will soon deploy two additional Columbia Model 234 Chinook helicopters to the southern Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG). This will bring the total number of Columbia aircraft and crews in PNG to four. Each aircraft will work on petroleum exploration operations, flying entire petroleum… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 22-Apr-10

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Nancy Lematta Named Chairman of Columbia Helicopters

Nancy Lematta Named Chairman of Columbia Helicopters

Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce that the company’s Board of Directors has named Nancy Lematta as Chairman of the Board. She assumes the role held by her late husband, Wes Lematta, until his passing in December, 2009. Wes Lematta founded Columbia Helicopters in 1957, and served as president and Chairman of the Board until… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 19-Feb-10

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Columbia Helicopters To Clarify Unfounded Allegations Related to Fatal Carson S61 Crash

Columbia Helicopters To Clarify Unfounded Allegations Related to Fatal Carson S61 Crash

Columbia Helicopters will hold a press/industry briefing at 10:00 AM Monday, February 22, 2010, regarding certain unfounded allegations related to the crash of a Carson Helicopters’ S-61 in 2008. Members of the media and all interested industry personnel are invited to attend. Columbia Helicopters’ Vice President of Marketing, Todd Petersen, and General Legal Counsel, Tonya… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 12-Feb-10

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Obituary: Wes Lematta, Columbia Helicopters

Obituary: Wes Lematta, Columbia Helicopters

“no ordinary guy, the second of four sons born to Ed and Hilda Lematta, offspring of Finnish immigrants who had fled North Dakota in 1934 for a fresh start in Brush Prairie”

31-Jan-10

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HAI Announces Recipient of the 2010 Rolls-Royce Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award

HAI Announces Recipient of the 2010 Rolls-Royce Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award

HAI is pleased to announce the 2010 Rolls-Royce Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award recipient, Robert Peterson; Consultant, Columbia Helicopters, Inc., Aurora, Oregon. Over a span of 46 years, Robert Peterson has become a renowned authority on aircraft hydraulic systems. As such, he is routinely sought after as an instructor and speaker at conferences around the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Jan-10

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Obituary: Glenn Wesley “Wes” Lematta 1926-2009

Obituary: Glenn Wesley “Wes” Lematta 1926-2009

HAI is deeply saddened at the passing of Columbia Helicopters’ Founder and Chairman of the Board, Glenn Wesley “Wes” Lematta. With over 50 years in the helicopter business, Lematta’s accomplishments and contributions to industry were nothing short of amazing.

Source: Rotornews, 29-Dec-09

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Columbia Helicopters Receives FAA Production Certificate

Columbia Helicopters, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has completed its evaluation process, and has awarded the company a Production Certificate for the Columbia Model 234 and Columbia 107-II helicopters.

Source: Vertical, 17-Sep-09

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Columbia Helicopters Deploys Fire Fighting Helicopters Across the West

Source: Rotorhub, 10-Aug-09

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Aurora State Airport to be renamed in honor of Columbia Helicopters founder Wes Lematta

Source: Vertical, 28-May-09

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Columbia Helicopters Completes Work on Nevada Army National Guard Chinook Helicopters

Source: Vertical, 07-May-09

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Columbia Helicopters Deploys Fire Fighting Helicopter to Mexico

Source: Vertical, 28-Apr-09

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Columbia Helicopters begins 2009 fire season

Source: Rotorhub, 18-Apr-09

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Columbia Helicopters Celebrates 40 Years of Tandem Rotors

Columbia Helicopters Celebrates 40 Years of Tandem Rotors

Columbia Helicopters, the world leader in heavy-lift helicopter operations, is pleased to announce its 40th Anniversary in the operation of tandem-rotor helicopters. The company acquired its first three Boeing Vertol 107-II helicopters from Pan Am Airlines on April 10, 1969, followed by the purchase of four more from New York Airways in 1972.

Source: Rotorhub, 11-Apr-09

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Texas Forest Service pre-positions air fire fighting support

Source: Lake Country Sun, 06-Feb-09

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