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Columbia Helicopters Unveils Multi-Mission Helicopter Program


Columbia Helicopters recently unveiled its Multi-Mission Helicopter Program, featuring the proven Columbia Model 234 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter, developed as a single platform solution to support customers’ multi-mission requirements.


“With larger and more intense events taking place with increased frequency around the world, such as fires, floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, demand is on the rise for helicopters with increased year-round, interchangeable capabilities,” says Santiago Crespo, Columbia vice president of growth and strategy. “Our proven heavy-lift fleet has supported these calls for decades. With our Multi-Mission Helicopter Program, our aircraft can be quickly reconfigured in the field to support several missions year-round, providing opportunities for increased rapid response, interagency cooperation, and cost efficiencies.”


The Multi-Mission Helicopter Program features Columbia’s Model 234 Multi-Mission Chinook helicopter and Columbia’s turnkey operational, training and life-cycle sustainment support. Certified to civilian transport category standards, the base configuration of the Columbia Model 234 is not subject to military surplus aircraft restrictions or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). It features the largest and most versatile internal cabin of any helicopter, capable of lifting external loads up to 25,000 pounds. (11,339kg), and a suite of Columbia customizations designed to rapidly reconfigure the aircraft between mission requirements.


In addition to the Columbia Model 234 Chinook’s world-class internal and external fire suppression and long-line cargo capabilities, the aircraft is a very capable transport workhorse. The helicopter can transport 19 passengers with Columbia’s side-facing crash-resistant seat configuration, and up to 44 passengers in an airline-seat configuration. The aircraft is equipped with an efficient internal cargo loading system using Columbia’s exclusive roller floor system that supports the loading and unloading of the HCU-6/E or 463L Master Pallet widely used for transporting military air cargo. Another feature that the aircraft provides is the ability to rapidly respond to mass casualty events with multiple stackable stretchers, side and rear rescue hoists, and advanced life support patient loading utility systems. Additionally, the aircraft can be configured for extended range operations, giving it up to seven hours of endurance.


28 Mar/Apr 2021


Collins Aerospace Awarded Multi-Year Contract to Support CH-47F Fleet for the Royal Netherlands Air Force


Collins Aerospace was recently awarded a multi-year Performance Based Logistics avionics support contract to the Royal Netherlands air force’s (RNLAF) fleet of 15 CH- 47F Chinook helicopters. Collins Aerospace will provide field service engineering, program management, logistics service, and repair and overhaul for the Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) components installed on the aircraft at the Gilze-Rijen Air Base in the Netherlands.


With PBL and predictive supply and demand management, the RNLAF is able to reduce the number of spares needed, eliminate back orders, and cut out any unnecessary paperwork. This reduces turnaround time, increases parts availability, and saves time and money.


“We have a long, successful history of supporting customer PBLs, delivering the highest level of in-country service that optimizes mission readiness,” said Craig Bries, vice president and general manager, Avionics Service and Support for Collins Aerospace. “As the original equipment manufacturer for the CH-47F avionics suite, we provide an unmatched level of expertise to help ensure fleets are ready at a moment’s notice.”


“This PBL follows a letter of intent signed between the RNLAF and Collins Aerospace in 2019, and is one of the key steps the RNLAF is taking to provide guaranteed fleet availability and in-theatre support during the RNLAF’s key missions,” said Lieutenant General J.D. Luyt, commander of the RNLAF.


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