The FAA has awarded Columbia Helicopters Inc. a Production Certificate for the Columbia Model 234 and Columbia 107-II helicopters. This step follows Columbia’s acquisition of the Type Certificates for both aircraft in December 2006.
The issuance of the FAA Production Certificate will enable Columbia Helicopters to manufacture and certify parts for the Columbia 107-II and Columbia Model 234 aircraft under an FAA-approved production system.
“This is another very significant milestone in our company’s history,” said Mike Fahey, president. “This certificate will allow us to expand our logistical ability to support our fleet, and further ensures the operational availability for which our company is renowned. In addition, this forms the basis for potential expansion of our fleet.”
Columbia Helicopters is the only commercial operator of the Model 234 and 107- II helicopters in the world. The company uses these tandem-rotor aircraft worldwide, with operations including logging, construction, fighting wildland fires, and petroleum exploration. The company employs about 700 people around the world, approximately 340 of whom work at the company’s headquarters near Portland, Oregon.