Aurora Oregon Firm Buys Army Helicopters

Columbia Helicopters based in Aurora, Oregon recently acquired five former army helicopters through a General Services Administration auction. As each craft enters the Columbia Helicopters maintenance facility, technician teams will conduct extensive inspections, including airframes, systems and components to make them airworthy.

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Boeing CH-47D Delicopter

As former military aircraft, the helicopters will be operated under restricted Federal Aviation Administration guidelines. This means they will not be used for passenger transport, but for support tasks like aerial firefighting, construction, and functions related to the oil and gas industry. No specific projects have been announced for the recently acquired helicopters, including use for timber transport.

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CH-47 Helicopter Cockpit

Founded in 1957, Columbia Helicopters is one of Aurora, Oregon’s largest employers. Columbia Helicopters have been featured in Hollywood movies, including Under Siege, Demolition Man, King Kong Lives, Starman and Runaway Train.

For more information about this vital Aurora, Oregon business, visit the Columbia Helicopters website here.

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Aurora Airport Approved For Tower

News of an air traffic control tower for the Aurora Airport was recently announced.

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Aurora State Airport

As the third busiest airport in Oregon, approximately 90,000 landings and takeoffs reportedly occur at Aurora each year. U.S. Senators Wyden and Merkley are on record for supporting the project, which is expected to enhance flight safety. Groundbreaking for the control tower is scheduled sometime in April, with completion expected toward the end of 2014. Read a recent story about the Aurora, Oregon airport tower here.

The Aurora Airport Is In The News

A recent article was featured in the Canby Herald newspaper with the headline: Aurora State Airport:  Finding Its Economic Footing.

The news story provides an insightful look into changes coming to the Aurora Airport. A nice summary of the article is also found in the report’s opening paragraph:

Quietly, underneath the radar, so to speak, the Aurora State Airport has been busy expanding its economic influence in Canby, Wilsonville and the surrounding area.

Read the full article here.

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Local Helicopter Firm Readies For Arrival

Visitors driving through rural Aurora along Keil Road may have noticed a brand new unoccupied building located there. That complex is the new location of Helicopter Transport Services just southeast of the Aurora State Airport.

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Exterior of new Helicopter Transport Services facility at Aurora, Oregon

Helicopter Transport Services says this new facility will consolidate their U.S. operations into one state-of-the-art 200,000+ square foot hangar capable of coordinating, housing, and supporting their entire heavy lift fleet.

A formal ‘move-in’ date has not yet been publicly announced. Like so many other ‘well-wishers,’ eagerly awaits the arrival of our newest neighbor, Helicopter Transport Services.