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Bristow Group Inc. Takes Delivery
Of Two AW139s
Wes Lematta
photo courtesy of: Columbia Helicopters
Helicopters Sadly
the Passing of
Wes Lematta
Columbia Helicopters is deeply sad- AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica matched performance, capacity and
dened to announce the passing of Colum- company, is pleased to announce that safety. It meets the most stringent civil
bia Helicopters’ Founder and Chairman Bristow Group Inc. has taken delivery of and government certification standards,
of the Board, Wes Lematta. two AW139 medium twin-engine heli- including the FAA and JAA FAR/JAR
Wes Lematta pioneered the concept of copters during an official ceremony held Part 29 requirements. An ergonomic
commericial heavy-lift helicopter opera- yesterday at its Philadelphia facility. cockpit, excellent handling characteris-
tions, developing techniques and processes These aircraft will be used to perform tics and low vibration levels signifi-
that are industry standards to this day. He offshore transport missions, reinforcing cantly reduce pilot fatigue and enhance
provided significant contributions to the the continued success of the AW139 in comfort.
helicopter industry as a whole, as well as the oil & gas industry. Emilio Dalmasso, Over 120 customers from almost 50
within the state of Oregon. He also leaves Senior Vice President Commercial Busi- countries have ordered over 440 heli-
behind significant philanthropic contribu- ness Unit, AgustaWestland said, “We are copters to perform a wide range of roles
tions throughout Oregon and Washington. proud to deliver these two AW139 air- also including offshore transport,
Wes Lematta began Columbia Heli- craft to Bristow Group, one of the EMS/SAR, VIP/corporate transport, law
copters in 1957 with a single, small heli- world’s largest providers of helicopter enforcement, utility and government mis-
copter with which he sold rides at county services. The AW139 is the best heli- sions. Bristow Group Inc. is the leading
fairs and from corner lots on weekends. copter in its class for offshore transport provider of helicopter services to the
Throughout 52 years of business, his pio- and we are certain they will be a tremen- worldwide offshore energy industry
neering vision and innate business sense dous addition to the Bristow fleet.” based on the number of aircraft operated.
helped him to build his company to State-of-the-art technology, outstand- Through its subsidiaries, affiliates and
where, today, Columbia Helicopters is the ing performance, low operating costs joint ventures, the Company has major
world-leader in commercial heavy-lift he- and the only helicopter in its class to transportation operations in the U.S. Gulf
licopter operations. Initially, his company meet the latest safety standards, have of Mexico and the North Sea, and in
was run by he and his brothers, and cur- made the AW139 the helicopter of most of the other major offshore oil and
rently employs over 600 people world- choice in the medium twin market. The gas producing regions of the world, in-
wide. Details for a memorial service will AW139 is a new generation medium cluding Alaska, Australia, Brazil, Mex-
be announced shortly. twin-engine helicopter offering un- ico, Nigeria, Russia and Trinidad.
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