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Today, Erickson not only manufactures its own aircraft, but also supports other S-64s operated by competitors. Its ability to provide operators around the world with maintenance, engineering, and supply chain solutions has become so advanced and robust that Erickson recently captured business from one of the largest rotorcraft manufacturers in the world— Bell Helicopter.


Jeff Roberts, Erickson’s president and CEO since April 2015, remarked, “At Erickson, we are creating new revenue opportunities in our manufacturing and MRO (maintenance, repair, overhaul) business unit by leveraging our knowledge and skills that have been cultivated over decades of maintaining and manufacturing our own aircraft. An example of new work is the recent signing of the Bell 214 Total Program Support agreement, which means Erickson assumes complete responsibility for manufacturing, parts distribution, technical assistance, and training for legacy Bell products. There is no question in my mind that our extensive manufacturing, MRO, and engineering


Advanced technology gives Erickson the highest levels of manufacturing capability. Lyn Burks photo


third-generation AFCS, TAWS, and NVG capability.


With nearly 90 helicopters performing missions on every continent and a growing manufacturing and MRO business, the company is a long way from where it started when Jack Erickson brought it to life 44 years ago. Heck, it’s even a long way from where it was six years ago when Udo Rieder took the helm. Planting seeds of investment and diversifi cation are often fraught with risk and challenge and take real courage and vision. By all accounts, all of the players in the Erickson story have courage and vision. This applies to everyone: founder, employees (who face massive challenges in the very work they do) and current CEO Jeff Roberts. Big Orange is accustomed to successfully operating in uncharted territory. I believe that success will expand to new frontiers as recently planted investment seeds yield growing cash crops for decades to come.


capabilities, combined with the experience, innovative thinking, and passion of our employees, are second to none in the industry. By harnessing our abilities and off ering it to other key legacy aircraft customers, I believe that we have a great opportunity to capture an even more signifi cant piece of the aircraft MRO market.”


As far as the life of its cornerstone workhorse goes, Erickson has taken the S-64 production process and the actual aircraft to new performance levels. At their OEM facilities in southern Oregon, they can build an entire new helicopter from scratch. Kerry Jarandson, vice president of manufacturing and MRO, said, “In addition to our industry-leading legacy aircraft support capabilities, we hold the production certifi cate for both the S-64 E and F model aircraft, including the engines. With our extensive manufacturing capabilities and our recent investment in composite rotor blade technology, we are positioned to manufacture new zero-time aircraft, including the airframe, dynamic components, and composite blades. The development of these vertically integrated capabilities has uniquely positioned Erickson for signifi cant growth in the manufacturing and MRO market.” The newest S-64Fs are being equipped with technology like glass cockpits,


FUN FACT:


ERICKSON S-64 AIRCRAFT NAMES


• Lucille • Christine • Delilah • Marty • Elsie • Incredible Hulk • Georgia Peach • Jerry • Olga


• Mariah


• Gypsy Lady • Malcom • Ichabod • Goliath • Camille • Annie • Elvis


• Hurricane Bubba • Sunbird • Isabelle


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