CH-46 Sea Knight

March 28, 2011 - 8:45am

The U.S. military expeditiously moved in helicopters to assist with Japan’s earthquake and tsunami relief efforts following the March 11 disaster. Over the weekend of March 12, the Pentagon quickly mobilized “Operation Tomodachi” (friendship in Japanese). The carrier USS Ronald Reagan was positioned off the island of Honshu to act as a floating fuel station for Japanese rescue helicopters, and its escort ships are assisting in SAR efforts.

September 29, 2010 - 9:40am

Heavy-lift helicopters from private contractors and the military are continuing to play a critical role in restoring the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem in the wake of the BP oil spill. Last month, Columbia Helicopters flew a pair of Boeing Vertol 107-IIs equipped with brush grapples to remove sections of hard and soft boom that had been placed to protect estuaries from encroaching oil.

February 22, 2010 - 6:34am

The threatened pink workstations are a nonstarter, but Nancy Lematta has her hands firmly on the controls of Aurora, Ore.-based Columbia Helicopters. Her late husband, Wes, who founded the company with his brothers, charted a course that she plans to follow.

May 12, 2008 - 9:41am

A Boeing Vertol BV-107 operated by Columbia Helicopters of Portland, Ore., crashed in August during a maintenance check flight in southern Montana, killing all three men aboard. Dead are pilot Rich Hernandez, 37; copilot Santi Arovitx, 28; and crew chief Kip Krigbaum, 45. The big twin-rotor helo, a civil derivative of the military’s CH-46, went down for as yet unexplained reasons about 9:30 a.m.

November 26, 2007 - 11:14am

A Boeing Vertol BV-107 operated by Columbia Helicopters of Portland, Ore., crashed in August during a maintenance check flight in southern Montana, killing all three men aboard. Dead are pilot Rich Hernandez, 37; copilot Santi Arovitx, 28; and crew chief Kip Krigbaum, 45. The big twin-rotor helo, a civil derivative of the military’s CH-46, went down for as yet unexplained reasons about 9:30 a.m.

March 14, 2007 - 10:49am

Columbia Helicopters is celebrating two anniversaries and is honoring four employees here at Heli-Expo’07.

October 30, 2006 - 11:37am

Columbia Helicopters is to acquire the type certificates for the Vertol 107-II and Boeing Vertol 234 Chinook helicopters from Boeing. Columbia, the only commercial operator of the heavy-lift types in the world, uses the Boeing models for logging, construction, firefighting and petroleum exploration operations. The official transfer will take place after engineering details are completed and following FAA approval.

September 28, 2006 - 11:26am

Honeywell is at Heli-Expo 2006 (Booth No. 1907) with announcements that its enhanced VXP health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) for rotorcraft will be installed on an operator’s Boeing helicopter fleet and available as an OEM option on the Eurocopter EC 135.

 
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