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THE VERTOL ADVANTAGE


Columbia’s firefighting and heavy-lift fleet consists of approximately 34 helicopters, which includes the Columbia Vertol 107-II, Columbia 234 Chinook, and Boeing CH-47D helicopters. The Chinook 234 provides the largest gross weight allowance for any helicopter in its class, at 51,000 pounds (23,133 kilograms). Bandy says, “The Vertol’s real advantage is due to tandem rotors. You don’t have to worry about anti-torque as virtually all the power goes right into lift. With no tail-rotors to worry about, they are less susceptible to wind, and are extremely maneuverable in tight operational environments.


The large rear loading doors also provide a huge advantage, no matter the mission.”


The Boeing Vertol 107-IIs and Boeing 234 commercial Chinooks became so important to the company’s operations over the years, that in December 2006 Columbia bought the Type and Production Certificates for the 234 Chinook from Boeing. The company also owns the Type Certificate for the Vertol 107-IIs. To date, Columbia Helicopters currently owns all of the Chinooks and most of the Vertol aircraft worldwide.


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