• Organization TypeGoods Supplier, Service Providers
  • Staff501-1000
  • HeadquartersUnited States
  • Founded1957

Columbia Helicopters Inc

Columbia Helicopters, Inc. is a global operator of heavy-lift helicopters and also provides maintenance support for commercial and military customers around the world. Columbia was the first successful helicopter logging company, and is a national leader in selective timber harvest by helicopter. It also engages in the transportation of construction materials, such as power line towers, pipelines, rooftop HVAC units, steel, and ski lifts. Other flight operation projects include military support operations, petroleum exploration support, and aerial application of water and chemical retardants on forest fires. In addition, Columbia Helicopter offers depot-level maintenance service to aircraft and components to customers around the world. Services offered include engine maintenance services, aircraft transmission repair and overhaul, hydraulic component overhaul services, avionics and electrical systems installation and repair, sheet metal work, non-destructive testing, and painting. The company was founded in 1957 and is based in Aurora, Oregon. From its beginnings, Columbia Helicopters has been a roll-your-sleeves-up and get the job done operation. Founder Wes Lematta was a hard-working, larger-than-life entrepreneur who supplemented his fledgling company with work as a truck driver. Wes recognized that helicopters had utility and potential beyond moving people, and for 60 years, Columbia Helicopters has done just that. FAR BEYOND FLIGHT   They were the original heavy-lift helicopter operator, and today they are the industry leader. Their helicopters and crews take on the jobs few others are qualified to attempt. From logging and construction, to disaster relief and defense, forestry to firefighting — no job is too big or too tough for this team. Yet their work goes far beyond flight; their service and support of these outsized, and complex heavy-lift helicopters is just as specialized and trusted. They remain true to their roots and responsive to the needs of their customers, while continuing to pioneer to better support every job and every mission. VALUES   COLUMBIA’S PURPOSE To support their employees, customers, and communities by engaging in dynamic and rewarding aviation endeavors. COLUMBIA’S VISION To lead their industry with dedicated people delivering inspired solutions.   Safety–They accept no substitute for safety. Customer Service– They are passionate about serving their customers. Performance– They strive to exceed expectations and continuously improve. Teamwork– They are dedicated to team success. Integrity– Is the foundation of their core values.
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  • construction
  • logistics / supplies
  • education policy
  • oil / gas


  • managerial experience

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Company Offices

  • United States (headquarters)
  • Oregon
  • HQ 14452 Arndt Rd NE Aurora, OR
  • Canada
  • Vancouver
  • Helifor Canada Corporation 406-815 Hornby Street Vancouver, Canada
  • United States
  • Ketchikan
  • 7284 North Tongass Highway Ketchikan, AK