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Friday, April 1, 2011

Erickson Signs MOU with Chinese Consortium

Left to right, Erickson’s Stan Crowley, director of business development, President & CEO Udo Rieder, Alan Zhou, general manager, Kun Shan, Dian Shan Lake Aviation Industrial Company, and Wan Tony Chee, President of APAC, Airplane Design Company. Photo by Dale Smith

Erickson Air-Crane has reached a memorandum of understanding with a consortium of Chinese aviation companies for the sales, manufacturing, MRO and general operations capabilities of five S-64s. “This is the next step in a proof-of-concept program that we hope will lead to a long relationship with Chinese customers,” explained Erickson President & CEO Udo Rieder, adding that the S-64 offers emergency equipment service operators “a diverse array of heavy-lift capabilities.” Along with the five S-64s, the MOU includes Erickson’s Aircrane Incident Response Systems (AIRS) program. The Chinese AIRS program includes rescue baskets, fire tank, cargo pod and other components. (From April 2011 Rotorcraft Report)

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