Tue, Jun 01, 2010
Columbia Helicopters is deploying a second heavy-lift helicopter
to Louisiana to assist with efforts in preventing the further
spread of the Gulf oil spill. The helicopters will also assist with
clean-up operations already underway.
Working currently under contract to British Petroleum (BP), the
two Columbia 107-II helicopters will carry sandbags and other
barrier material designed to slow the spread of the oil. The
aircraft are also delivering cleaning supplies to crews working in
environmentally sensitive areas with limited accessibility.
While the aircraft are currently under contract to BP, the crews
of each aircraft are working directly under the command of the
Louisiana Army National Guard, which is coordinating the aviation
assets involved in this operation. Each tandem-rotor Columbia
107-II helicopter is capable of carrying loads exceeding 10,000
pounds. Loads are carried at the end of a 200-foot cable slung
below the aircraft, and large bubble windows allow the pilot to
deliver the cargo with exceptional precision.
Working from several locations in the New Orleans area, each
aircraft is crewed with two pilots and a team of 4-6 mechanics.
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