Erickson Air-Crane lands big Canadian contracts

Fresh off announcing two acquisitions in the medium-lift helicopter realm, Erickson Air-Crane shored up its long-standing heavy-lift operations with two Canadian contracts worth as much as $23 million.

For the third consecutive year, Erickson will provide Helifor Canada, a Columbia Helicopters affiliate, with logging services and transmission-tower construction help in western Canada. The $8 to $10 million contract with the Vancouver, British Columbia, firm runs through Dec. 13 and will be carried out by Erickson's Canadian Air-Crane unit.

An Erickson S-64E Aircrane, along with pilots, full field maintenance support crews, parts and components will remove timber in remote, rugged terrain in coastal British Columbia. Erickson will also provide expert lift services for precision placement of transmission towers for powerline construction in western Canada.

Erickson also renewed its contract with Western Forest Products, worth $10 to $13 million, to provide aerial support for selective logging efforts in British Columbia and Alberta. The S-64E will be used primarily for extraction of fir and red cedar trees in difficult terrain on remote timberlands.

Earlier this month, Erickson said it would acquire Brazilian helicopter firm Air Amazonia from HRT Participacoes em Petroleo for $65 million to $75 million. That deal was followed by an in-state purchase of Evergreen Helicopters from Evergreen International Aviation of McMinnville for $250 million.

— Greg Stiles

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