• Columbia Helicopters

    Headquartered in Aurora, Oregon, Columbia Helicopters has more than 50 years of history in the helicopter business and developed the Direct Visual Operational Control (DVOC) technique now used by operators world-wide.

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  • Croman Corporation

    Croman Corporation began using helicopters in 1976 to enhance its conventional logging operations in Southern Oregon. Thousands of external load projects later, Croman helicopters provide firefighting, construction, and transportation services across North America from the company base in White City, Oregon.

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  • Erickson Aviation

    Erickson Aviation manufactures, operates, and maintains a world-wide fleet of S-64 helicopters including 2,650-gallon capacity helitankers that have battled fires in 11 countries. The company's "Water Cannon" attachment can propel a stream of water or foam mix up to 150 feet at a rate of 300 gallons per minute.

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  • Helicopter Transport Services (HTS)

    The heavy lift division of Helicopter Transport Services (HTS) is based in Aurora, Oregon, and has built a reputation in fire suppression, the petroleum industry, and construction.

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  • Swanson Group Aviation

    Swanson Group Aviation of Glendale, Oregon, offers an environmental choice in heavy lift helicopter jobs when low-noise impact is critical, such as in urban areas or wildlife sensitive regions. The K-MAX is 15% quieter and lifts more pounds per gallon of fuel burned than equivalent lift aircraft.

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About Us

The Oregon Heavy Lift Helicopter Consortium began its collaborative effort in May 2006.

Emergency Response

When disaster strikes, the Oregon Heavy Lift Helicopter Consortium responds.

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Development of a trained workforce to support this growing industry.

Oregon's Heavy Lift Helicopter (HLH)

In Oregon, five industry leaders have harnessed their combined forces to develop a comprehensive program of preparedness planning, cooperative training, advanced technology development, and effective utilization of Oregon's heavy lift helicopter assets.

Industry Leaders

Formed in 2006, the Oregon Heavy Lift Helicopter Consortium now accounts for 85 percent of the world's HLH industry.

Disaster Response

This strategic collaboration allows for an unparalleled disaster response. With a centralized contact point, the Oregon Heavy Lift Helicopter Consortium is the industry leader in fire suppression and disaster recovery work. Through collaboration with state and regional government, the consortium is blazing a trail toward efficient and effective disaster and emergency response.

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Need more information about HLH?

Please contact Colleen Johnston, Consortium Facilitator at (541) 773-8946

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Leveraging the Power!

When a heavy load must be moved and the terrain is challenging or the destination remote, an HLH gets the job done. It's all the power you need, exactly where and when you need it. Leveraging the power and the adaptability within the Oregon Heavy Lift Helicopter Consortium allows environmentally sound timber harvesting, power transmission line construction, habitat restoration, environmental reclamation, petroleum exploration and general heavy lift construction.

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Industry News

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About HLH

Extreme conditions. Unimaginable power. Supreme dependability. Heavy lift helicopters (HLH) expand the capacity of humans to turn the what-if scenario into reality. Disastrous fires are extinguished, lives and property are saved, timber is harvested, buildings rise, and remote regions are linked—all with the power of whirling-bladed workhorses.

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Contact Info

For more information about Oregon Heavy Lift Helicopter Consortium, please contact:

Colleen Padilla, Consortium Facilitator
(541) 773-8946

For written inquiries:

Oregon Heavy Lift Helicopter Consortium
c/o Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI)
100 E Main Street, Suite A
Medford, OR 97501

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