Columbia Helicopters hires new president and CEO


Columbia Helicopters' new president and CEO is David Balevic.

Heavy lift specialist Columbia Helicopters has appointed David Balevic as its new president and CEO. Taking up the role immediately, Balevic replaces Michael Tremlett, who is leaving the company.

Backed by more than 35 years of aviation industry leadership, Balevic spent eight years at CHC Helicopter. There he served as the senior vice president for Engineering & Operations before being promoted to president and CEO in August 2019. During his time at CHC, Balevic oversaw all aspects of the business, including aircraft flight operations, supply chain, and the global maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services. He also spent more than 20 years with GE in its Aircraft Engine, Power and Oil & Gas business units.

Kirk Konert, member of the Columbia Helicopters Board said Balevic would contribute to the company’s growth across its three core businesses: Global Aerial Operations, MRO, and Aircraft Solutions.

“Dave has the ideal combination of aviation experience and leadership expertise needed to lead the company to its next phase of growth,” said Konert. “We would also like to thank Michael for his contributions to our success and wish him well in the next stage of his career.”

Balevic said: “Given aviation industry tailwinds and our strategic advantages, the future for the organisation looks bright and I am eager to get started working with the outstanding team we have in place.”

Columbia Helicopters’ twin turbine, tandem-rotor heavy lift aircraft are deployed on a range of missions from oil and gas support to aerial firefighting, forestry work and military applications. Its range includes the Columbia Model 234 Multi-Mission Chinook helicopter.


David Balevic is backed by more than 35 years of aviation industry leadership.