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ON FINAL APPROACH
Columbia Helicopters
CHI’s continuing responsibility of ensur-
ing that it maintains the highest standards
of quality, reliability and safety of its air-
Receives FAA Production Cerificate
craft and products.
Columbia Helicopters is the only com-
COLUMBIA HELICOPTERS, INC. is pleased to “This is another very significant mile- mercial operator of the Model 234 and
announce that the Federal Aviation Ad- stone in our company’s history,” said 107- II helicopters in the world. The com-
ministration (FAA) has completed its Mike Fahey, President of Columbia Heli- pany uses these tandem-rotor aircraft
evaluation process, and has awarded the copters. “This certificate will allow us to worldwide,with operations including log-
company a Production Certificate for the expand our logistical ability to support our ging, construction, fighting wildland fires,
Columbia Model 234 and Columbia 107- fleet, and further ensures the operational and petroleum exploration. The company
II helicopters. This step follows Colum- availability for which our company is employs about 700 people around the
bia’s acquisition of the Type Certificates renowned. In addition, this forms the basis world, approximately 340 of whom work
for both aircraft in December 2006. for potential expansion of our fleet.” at the company’s headquarters near Port-
The issuance of the FAA Production “The issuance of the production certifi- land, Oregon.
Certificate will enable Columbia Heli- cate is the culmination of many months of “We operate one of the most compre-
copters to manufacture and certify parts for preparation, process vetting and evalua- hensive maintenance programs and facili-
the Columbia 107-II and Columbia Model tion that have ensured Columbia Heli- ties anywhere in the world, and our
234 aircraft under an FAA approved pro- copters is capable of meeting the mission is to be the provider of choice for
duction system. This certificate is the high- extensive qualifications and responsibili- helicopter operations and maintenance so-
est level of production authority granted by ties required of an FAA production ap- lutions worldwide,” added Fahey. “This
the FAA and is reserved for aircraft manu- proval holder,” added Fahey. “We greatly will significantly streamline Columbia’s
facturers holding the FAA approved Type appreciate the work of the Seattle MIDO work with vendors and the FAA, and ulti-
Certificates for aircraft such as Columbia’s and Seattle ACO and thank them for their mately allow us to provide an even greater
107-II and Model 234 helicopters. efforts. Along with this designation comes level of service to our customers.”

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