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A BETTER WAY


Brim Aviation of Ashland, Oregon, believes they have a better way than boat transport. Founded in 1992, the company provides many services with their rotorcraft fleet: power line construction, firefighting, surveillance, aerial seeding and fertilization, mineral and seismic exploration, pipeline and utility construction,


search and


rescue … it’s a continuing and impressive list. Yet, among their offerings is the rather unique one of offshore hoisting of bar pilots from port-to-ship and ship-to-port.


Founder Burl Brim explains, “The reason this operation exists is because the bar has such high seas and winds that it becomes extremely dangerous to do the transfers with a boat. They tested using aircraft nearly 15 years ago and learned it’s safer and more efficient than transferring with boats. The boats will always be a part of the program and they do some transfers when aircraft can’t fly and there’s not enough visibility, but in the high seas and winds the helicopter is a transfer choice. The seas can be as high as 20 feet and winds as high as 50 knots.”


Another advantage of helicopter hoist


transport is not only


potentially saved lives, but also saved time. “A pilot boat carries a lot of time commitment to go to and from the ship,” says Darren Ellenwood, a Brim Aviation pilot and base manager. “By helicopter, we can have them out to the ship in 10 to 15 minutes.”


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