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FAS (Fire Attack System) internal tank that we developed. This gives us added versatility in that platform. In 2016, we stayed on contract probably as long as we ever have, with one CH-47D working into late-November, and another into early- December in the eastern side of the US.”


Work Hard, Play Hard


When Rankin is not working, he’s playing – whether he’s playing golf, riding his motorcycle, reading books, or just doing fun outdoor stuff, he somehow manages to keep work and play in perspective.


From his collection, Rankin shares a book that has brought perspective to his role as a businessman. That title is The Innovation Race: How Do You Balance Innovation to Stay Ahead of the Curve? This book aligns with Columbia Helicopters, “…on a scale where preservation is on one side and innovation is on the other, there is a balancing point, but we always need to be looking to the future,” Rankin observes.


Family Time Rankin’s wife is also a former airline pilot.


Once the couple started their family, she decided to retired to care for their two children, a 16-year-old son and a 13-year- old daughter. The son has a passion for flying as well and will be learning the skill from his dad this summer.


Parting Thoughts


While Rankin and his company are looking to expand into other markets, he is extremely proud of Columbia Helicopters’ current accomplishments. He reflects on


the company’s robust department and MRO capabilities. “I think


that’s another advantage for us as we’re looking at getting into different types of opportunities. For instance, our engineering department was very instrumental in the internal fire suppression tank project. We are also looking to improve and develop other types of capability, like our recently added NVG operations.” He added that, “It’s such an opportunistic industry that you have to be ready when the market has a demand for something – you have to be nimble and quick to respond to be successful.”


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