Erickson Announces Strategic Alliance with Helicopter Express

September 28, 2023

MEDFORD, ORE. – Erickson Incorporated and Helicopter Express, Inc. announced a strategic alliance formed to support and diversify S-64 Air Crane® helicopter operations in North America and meet growing worldwide demand for heavy-lift, S-64 sustainment, modernization, and production. 

Helicopter Express is acquiring additional Erickson S-64s, one delivered this month and others through the end of the year.  

“The Helicopter Express team is thrilled to own and operate additional cranes, support existing customers, and bring the crane’s unique construction and firefighting expertise to new customers in North America and abroad,” said Helicopter Express Founder and President Scott Runyan. 

Both companies have coordinated closely with customers to ensure a seamless transition with no disruption of service. These customers will benefit from further assurance of OEM support through the Powered by Erickson™ program, which is a performance-based logistics plan with added value to keep aircraft in the air and on mission.     

“The alliance with Helicopter Express is a strategic step for us,” said Erickson President and CEO Barry Kohler. “Erickson is channeling resources to integrate the global supply chain and improve support for all operators.” 

In October 2022, Helicopter Express was the first commercial operator to acquire an S-64F (N159AC) from Erickson, adding heavy-lift capability to their versatile fleet.  

Erickson continues to optimize their OEM support of operators and grow the fleet of the iconic S-64 Air Crane® helicopters to serve communities worldwide. 


We Are Erickson. Tested and Trusted®.     

Erickson Incorporated, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, USA, is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the S-64 Air Crane® heavy-lift helicopter and a Tested and Trusted® global provider of aviation services specializing in aerial firefighting, civil protection, and defense. Since 1971, Erickson has operated and modernized the global fleet of S-64 aircraft and supported operators of a variety of airframes with vertically integrated manufacturing, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO), and augmented support worldwide.  


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For more than 20 years, we’ve committed to providing our customers with the highest standards of safety, reliability, and precision in the industry. From our aircraft to our team, our company takes every step necessary to ensure we carry out every mission with highest quality results, on time and within budget.  

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