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It may look like a typical Chinook, but this Chinook was certified to civilian transport category standards, not military ones. That means the Columbia Model is not subject to the same restrictions as military surplus aircraft like the Boeing CH helicopter family, which aviation authorities like the Federal Aviation Administration FAA prohibit from carrying passengers for hire.
Neither is the base configuration of the Model subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations ITAR — the Columbia Model can operate around the world as readily as any other commercial helicopter.
That makes the Columbia Model a true multi-mission aircraft — the first and only such Western helicopter in its weight class. It can also be equipped as an exceptionally capable medevac and casevac platform, with multiple stackable stretchers for mass casualty events, and a rear loading rescue hoist for patient extractions. All of that, and it can still perform the external load missions for which Columbia is famous, which include but are not limited to firefighting and infrastructure work. Of course, many commercial helicopter models boast this same versatility.
What sets the apart is its sheer performance and capability. With a maximum gross weight of 51, pounds 23, kilogramsthe Columbia Model has a 2,gallon 10,liter capacity including gal L of firefighting suppressant in an internal tank — nearly three times the capacity of a Black Hawk or a commercial medium helicopter like the Airbus H Its cargo hook can support an external load of up to 25, lb.
The Columbia Model is also fast, with a cruise speed of knots and a maximum speed of knots.
And it goes the distance: up to nautical miles 1, kilometers in its standard configuration, or nm 1, km with two extended range tanks. Columbia is now actively seeking to make the capabilities of this multi-mission aircraft available to even more customers, including government agencies. As Crespo pointed out, Columbia is uniquely positioned to introduce new customers to the Model as it has extensive operational experience with the type, much of that in remote and austere environments. That includes not only decades of oil exploration, logging and firefighting work, but also nearly 10 years as an FAA Part operator serving the U.
Department of Defense in Afghanistan. The company even has a hour operations and safety control center to support its work in every time zone. So we would expect that we would be part of that journey, and help them build those capabilities through our training, both on the pilot side as well as the maintainer side. As natural disasters like fires and flooding increase in and intensity, public agencies everywhere are looking for solutions that deliver both capability and value.
With its unrivaled combination of performance and versatility, the Columbia Model could be just the aircraft they need.
Click on the button below to send an to our team and we will get to it as soon as possible. Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment. By Sponsored Content March 16, Estimated reading time 8 minutes, 53 seconds. The Columbia Model helicopter can serve many roles, including medevac platform. Here, it is shown equipped with multiple stackable stretchers.
The can seat up to 44 passengers in airline configuration. Columbia can equip the with rear or side-loading hoists.
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