19-Feb-2021 Source: Vita
As a relatively new technology company, we feel a responsibility to constantly put our breakthrough innovations to the test — learning, refining, honing, and improving our products in real world conditions (or as close to real as we can get without hearing from our insurance company). In recent months we’ve tested our Load Stability Systems (LSS) with Two Bear Air Rescue, the US Army, and more. And now, we’re proud to announce that we have signed an agreement with Erickson, Inc. — the manufacturer, operator and maintainer of some of the world’s most exciting utility aircraft.
“Erickson is excited to work with Vita Inclinata, an organization which shares our commitment to innovation. We look forward to continued collaborations and moving forward with a shared vision for the future of load stability systems and providing next generation solutions supporting customer’s needs,” said Brittany Black, SVP Sales, Business Development, and Marketing for Erickson Inc.
The partnership’s goal is to investigate how load stabilization impacts safety, operational efficiency, and training. Practically speaking, the partnership will collect data on Vita’s LSS system performance for research and development in Erickson’s unique and demanding operating conditions, then apply that data to refine or adapt the LSS for those conditions as needed; and ultimately, identify future applications to leverage Vita’s spin control innovations.
“This partnership with Erickson is very important to Vita Inclinata for a couple of reasons. We get to field test our systems with a well respected industry operator, collect vital data on our system performance, and learn about the challenges they need to solve on a daily basis. Combined, this creates a compelling opportunity and we couldn’t be happier with the partnership so far,” said Shelby Mounts, Vita’s Chief Commercial Officer. The first tests paired Erickson’s S-64 Air Crane® Helicopter with Vita’s LSS-Sling Load (SL) system at Erickson’s Prineville, OR facility. “Testing was oriented to heavy construction activities, and was incredibly useful,” Mounts noted.
The next tests have already been scheduled, pairing Erickson’s Bell 214ST with Vita’s LSS-Litter Attachment (LA).
We’re honored and excited to work with Erickson. So stay tuned for new developments.