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Desarrollo Infaestructura, SA de CV (GDI) involves the building of a new rural infrastructure pipeline to bring clean-burning natural gas to businesses and citizens in Mexico. Erickson assisted in the external load transport


of more than 1,000 natural gas


pipeline segments for the 329-mile Topolobampo Project.


The contract was a fi rst for Erickson in Mexico’s construction services market. “This was a high priority project for the City of Los Mochis, to help build infrastructure in austere and rugged locations. We provide an ecological solution when roadways aren’t available and the area is diffi cult to navigate by land. Erickson aircraft and crews are a fast and aff ordable solution for rural infrastructure projects,” said Erickson President and CEO Jeff Roberts.


Although diversifi cation has expanded and more evenly distributed the types of fl ying Erickson can perform, the company still believes there is plenty of opportunity in heavy-lift work in the global energy sector. According to Andy Mills, vice president of Commercial Aviation, “Erickson sees market growth potential in infrastructure development in emerging economies. Several countries have experienced rapid growth in both their population and their economy, and they need increased power and line distribution to keep up with the growth. Many of these projects have very rapid timelines, and we are a great timesaver in construction with the effi ciency of the Aircrane.”


THE NEXT FRONTIER – MANUFACTURING & MRO


The axiom “Necessity is the mother of invention,” could not be truer when it comes to Erickson expanding into manufacturing. Because the company hung its hat on the S-64 four decades ago, it was faced with an interesting challenge. Obviously, there are only so many S-64 airframes on the planet. So, how does a company that has built a big part of its business on one platform continue to do so when production discontinues and OEM support may dwindle as the decades pass? The answer: Take over the type certifi cate from Sikorsky and become the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).


In 1992, Erickson did just that when it became the S-64 OEM and had to reinvent itself by becoming a manufacturer, complete with engineering, processes, and facilities. Fast forward a couple of decades and Erickson has developed its manufacturing capabilities to such a high level that it has grown its OEM operations into an entire division of the company with its own revenue streams and profi t centers.


26 July 2015


S-64 crew member ties off a safety line used when performing inspections of the tail boom. Lyn Burks photo


Repair and overhaul of the S-64 main rotor head is a big job. Lyn Burks photo


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