Steve Bandy promoted at Columbia Helicopters

Columbia Helicopters has promoted Steve Bandy to senior vice president of operations. He has been serving as the vice president of operations since 2012.

In addition to his current responsibilities of the flight and operations departments, Bandy will assume leadership over the maintenance department and the quality, engineering and supply chain department.

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Jim Rankin, CEO of Columbia Helicopters said: “I am extremely happy for Steve in his new role.”

“I am extremely happy for Steve in his new role.”

“This reporting structure aligns all of our operating departments into one cohesive group, allowing for effective coordination and quicker decision making,” added Rankin.

His recent leadership has helped Columbia expand its business into government services work in Afghanistan, while also supporting high level employee performance and outstanding service to customers.

“Steve’s creative mind, strong working knowledge of our business, and his commitment to the entire team will help Columbia remain the strongest heavy-lift helicopter company in the world,” added Rankin.

Columbia Helicopters owns, operates and maintains the largest, privately held fleet of heavy-lift helicopters in the world. The company operates the Columbia Model 234 Chinook, the Columbia Vertol 107-II and Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Columbia operates these aircraft globally, working in logging, construction, firefighting, military and government support and petroleum exploration support operations.

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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