Columbia Helicopters gains certificate to operate CH-47D

Columbia Helicopters has received the FAA Restricted Category Type Certificate for eight “D Model” helicopters.

The company has also received the Certificate of Airworthiness for the first of these aircraft.

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Kurt Koehnke, vice president of maintenance for Columbia Helicopters, says: “This completes a long process that involved the tough, focused efforts from a lot of our people who were working with the FAA.”

“We have completed this first major step, and there are still several steps involved with adding this new platform to our fleet,” adds Koehnke.

Todd Petersen, vice president of marketing, says: “We are excited to reach this milestone so that we can begin regular flight operations soon. We expect these aircraft to find their way into firefighting operations, for some of our overseas petroleum exploration support work, and they will also be able to conduct some forestry and construction work.”

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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