About Us

Oregon Heavy Lift Helicopter Consortium

The Oregon Heavy Lift Helicopter Consortium began its collaborative effort in May 2006 in response to missed opportunities for heavy lift helicopters (HLH) to effectively respond to local, regional, and national emergencies or disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.

Oregon’s Heavy Lift Helicopter (HLH)

The consortium comprises five Oregon companies that operate Type I heavy lift helicopters worldwide. These heavy lift helicopter (HLH) leaders are responsible for numerous innovations within the industry, and represent approximately 1,350 employees.

Industry Leaders

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

Above and Beyond

In addition to pursuing increased opportunities to provide services in emergency response and the construction industry, the consortium is actively working to:

  • Identify and respond to aggregated workforce training needs for its incumbent workforce in Oregon
  • Recruit prospective new employees, primarily in maintenance and manufacturing support positions
  • Support and promote educational efforts within Oregon’s community colleges to develop and establish career pathways in the helicopter industry
  • Respond to concerns which may impact the Oregon Heavy Lift Helicopter consortium’s economic vitality