TEMSCO Helicopters Founder, 'People Netter' Inventor Ken
International told ANN this week the founder of TEMSCO Helicopters,
Ken Eicher, is this year’s Robert E. Trimble Memorial Award
Eichner (right) is an Alaskan aviation pioneer pilot who has
spent his career navigating through the high altitude and
mountainous terrain of Southeast Alaska. Eichner received his
Commercial Certificate in 1960, followed by a Rotorcraft rating in
Eichner helped form the Ketchikan Volunteer Search and Rescue
Squad (KVRS). He went on to found TEMSCO (Timber, Exploration,
Mining, Survey, Cargo Operations) Helicopters with one PA-12
floatplane, and one Hiller UH-12C. Before that, Eichner ran a bus
When he decided to launch TEMSCO his wife and son thought they
would keep the company running while dad "fooled around with
helicopters." Quickly, helicopters and rescuing others became the
family’s number one priority.
Eichner himself made many rescues. During his first rotor wing
rescue, Eichner landed in the White River Valley to save a local
minister. Another rescue involved a stranded goat hunter. Eichner
and a colleague flew in treacherous winter weather, set up camp for
two days in a cave, and flew the hunter to safety once visibility
improved. Still another involved an airline crash in Ketchikan,
which prompted Eichner to put TEMSCO’s entire inventory in
the air to help. He personally rescued the flight's delirious
The list of rescues demonstrates Eichner’s bravery,
commitment, and personal sacrifices during the course of his
career. His personal invention, dubbed the 'people netter'
continues saving lives everyday. Since Eichner's retirement in the
early 1990s, TEMSCO continues his vision of service and dedication
to the community. Eichner’s grandson is now Chief Pilot and
carries on the work his grandfather started.
All winners will be recognized at HELI-EXPO 2007’s annual
"Salute to Excellence" Awards Celebration on March 2, 2007 at 8:00
p.m. in Orlando, FL.