Helicopter-maker earns new certification

CENTRAL POINT — Erickson Air-Crane's move to redefine its place in the aerospace industry has received a big boost.

The heavy-lift helicopter manufacturer and operator today announced it received AS9100 certification, a worldwide business management standard with a focus on aerospace and aviation.

The certification allows Erickson to perform new and expanded work for major aerospace suppliers such as Sikorsky, Bell and Agusta, among others.

The new credentials certify that Erickson applies quality systems for work it already performs as well as services that are part of the company's new strategic growth plans. They include design, manufacturing, sales, repair, crew training, and operation of heavy-lift helicopters.

The new certification is supplemented by additional requirements established by the aerospace industry to satisfy Defense Department, NASA and Federal Aviation Administration requirements. Erickson went though lengthy audits of all company departments as part of the process.

— Greg Stiles

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