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PRESS RELEASE – December 12, 2017

The World’s Best Aerial Firefighting Machine Returns to Chile.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Erickson Incorporated, a leading aerospace manufacturer and global aerial services company that has fought fires for nearly 50 years, has returned to serve the citizens of Chile in the Bío Bío Region. The aircraft, an S-64 Aircrane, will be brought in by Ecocopter, a Latin American national company of high complexity air services and cargo transport to provide services to the company ARAUCO with the aim of protecting population and industrial centers.
Erickson owns the world’s largest S-64 Aircrane fleet of 20 helicopters with more than 50 aircraft in all, and the Aircrane Helitanker is recognized throughout the industry as one of the most efficient and largest fire-fighting machines in the world, according to independent studies. The S-64 Helitanker is equipped with a 10,000 liter tank capable of snorkeling via a “sea snorkel” fresh or salt water that helps provide an outstanding capability for fire authorities in both the initial attack of fast moving fires and advanced structure protection. It has internal foam mixing capabilities and provides water or retardant dispensation utilizing eight coverage levels. The aircraft can be configured with a water cannon for high rise and structure protection.
As populations and development expand, aerial firefighting over residential properties and structures becomes a more crucial part of the equation. Erickson’s S-64 not only excels at supporting ground firefighters in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), but the aircraft is capable of dipping for water in areas a fixed wing cannot access, and it is able to come in slower and lower for precision placement of the water on and around residential properties and structures.
Every S-64 Aircrane has a nickname painted across the nose and “Annie” will be on the current contract, the sister helicopter of “Elvis,” which served the contract in early 2017, providing services mainly in the Seventh and Eighth regions. “Annie” has a vast history of responding to natural catastrophes and fire control in the United States and Europe, especially recent events in the state of California, in the municipalities of San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Rosa. Armando Weinberger, commercial manager of Ecocopter, affirmed, “Having the presence of “Annie” in Chile, at the beginning of the fire season, showcases how the forestry industry is taking anticipated measures to prevent it from repeating the natural events that occurred during the previous season.” A study, conducted this last summer by the National Forest Corporation, (CONAF) found the S-64 Aircrane was chosen as the most efficient aircraft for Chilean firefighting, for all helicopters and airplanes and that the Aircrane offers 100% proficiency against other leading aerial firefighting machines.
Andrew Mills, Erickson President of Commercial Aviation said, “We appreciate the trust of our agency partners and customers and will endeavor to do our best for the people of Chile. Erickson has nearly 50 years of legacy experience in aerial firefighting and we are proud to bring our capable pilots, crews and “Annie” back to help mitigate fire damage.”

PRESS RELEASE – 18 December 2017

Erickson Begins 20th Season of Fighting Fires in Australia.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Erickson Incorporated, a leading aerospace manufacturer and global aerial services company that has fought fires for nearly 50 years, has returned to serve the citizens of Australia for its 20th year. The October start of the fire season parallels the beginning of summer “Down Under,” and Erickson has six S-64 Aircranes located in or en route to Victoria, South Australia; New South Wales; and Perth, Western Australia. The National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) extended a contract to supply Aircranes for 2017-2018, through Australian partner Kestrel Aviation.
Erickson’s first season in Australia began in 1997, with a single aircraft in Melbourne, Victoria and continued to grow and evolve to the current partnership with Kestrel Aviation which serve four states through five bushfire agencies. Erickson is remembered for raising public and international awareness of aerial firefighting effectiveness with ‘Elvis’ during the critical fire campaigns of 2001 in New South Wales.(All Erickson Aircranes have a nickname painted across the nose of the aircraft.) Four Erickson employees have served for all 20 years of the contract and look forward to returning again this year.
Douglas Kitani, Erickson CEO and Director said, “Erickson has an outstanding reputation for having some of the most experienced pilots and maintenance crews in firefighting. We appreciate the trust of our agency customers in Australia and will endeavor to do our best for the people of Australia.”

PRESS RELEASE – 09 May 2016

Erickson Heavy Lift Services Contracted to Electrify Canadian Mining Operations.

Construction Contract Among the Largest in Company History

PORTLAND, Ore. — Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has been contracted by Rokstad Power Ltd. for heavy lift delivery services to Brucejack Mine in Stewart, British Columbia.

“This project showcases the specialized utility of the Aircrane in a remote location at high elevations,” said Rob Lewis, Vice President Commercial Aviation Services. “Our pilots and crews are especially skilled in this type of heavy-lift cargo transportation over rugged terrain and precision placement capabilities.”

Utilizing the S64 Erickson Aircrane, the company will be transporting heavy equipment, moving materials and providing precision placement services. The Aircrane will fly roughly 7,500 tons of heavy materials over elevations of 6,000 ft. to the job site based in steep, mountainous terrain. Erickson will transport steel and concrete for the construction of electrical transmission towers in addition to lifting and placing towers into position to electrify the mining operations.

Erickson has several Aircranes providing aerial support for timber harvesting operations in British Columbia. The company has worked in Canada for more than 30 years, making it the company’s longest-served international market.

Earlier this year, Erickson entered a new international market when it was selected for a similar electrical tower construction project in India. Working with Sterlite Grid, India’s largest private developer of independent power transmission systems, Erickson will fly building materials in the Pir Pinjal mountain range between elevations of 9,000 ft. and 12,000 ft. This project will involve erecting 1,150 towers over a 450-kilometer transmission line.

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PRESS RELEASE – 25 April 2016

Erickson Selected as Vendor for Special Operations Transport in Northwest Africa.
Erickson to Support SOCAF in Five Year, $13M Contract
PORTLAND, Ore. — Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a five year, $13 million Blanket Purchase Agreement by the United States Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAF). Erickson is one of a few select vendors that will be providing “on demand” fixed wing aerial services to the U.S. Department of Defense, transporting personnel and equipment in the North and Western regions of Africa.
“Erickson is proud to be a part of the United States Special Operations African Command team,” said Brian Pierson, Vice President and General Manager of Erickson’s Global Defense and Security business unit. “This award demonstrates Erickson’s continued ability to deliver support to the U.S. military in one of the most austere and remote operating environments in the world.“
Currently, Erickson operates aircraft in Central and East Africa in support of USAFRICOM missions. Due to its operational footprint, Erickson is well positioned to provide “on demand” services. The contract commences immediately and has a period of performance extending through November 2021.
Erickson operates under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 135, holding Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB) approval to operate both fixed and rotary wing aircraft for the U.S. Department of Defense. The company also offers passenger and cargo transport to the U.S. State Department and aligned government agencies and civilian contractors.
Erickson specializes in remote and austere operations, often in hostile areas. These missions include external load operations, passenger transport, cargo, combination loads, Low Cost/Low Altitude (LCLA) airdrops, Short Takeoff and Landing STOL and, MEDEVAC/CASEVAC. Additionally, the company’s aircraft can be equipped with Night Vision Goggles, Ballistic Protection, and Roller Systems.
The Global Defense and Security business unit at Erickson has a history of nearly 50 years of serving the U.S. and allied nations.

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PRESS RELEASE – 05 April 2016

Erickson Wins Heavy Lift Contract in Peru.

Erickson to provide heavy lift helicopter cargo transport over Amazon

PORTLAND, Ore. — Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has been selected for the transport and precision placement of oil and gas equipment by helicopter over the Amazon region in Peru.

“We are pleased to be providing heavy lift services for Pluspetrol amidst the current headwinds in the oil market. This new contract is a testament to the strength of our customer relationships and our strong operating performance,” said Jeff Roberts, President and CEO of Erickson Incorporated.

Under this agreement, Erickson is providing one S-64F Aircrane and related support for year-round use to Pluspetrol, Operator of the Camisea consortium. Erickson offers a variety of utility aircraft for oil and gas customers in their onshore exploration and production. To safely and efficiently deliver drilling rig equipment and material cargo in remote and austere environments, Erickson combines its heavy lift and precision placement capabilities with transportation services.

The Aircrane is an iconic heavy-lift helicopter, capable of hoisting more than ten tons. The aircraft is often utilized for infrastructure construction support, timber harvesting, firefighting and rooftop HVAC installation. Erickson is the Type Certificate holder and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the Aircrane.

The company is currently flight-testing composite main rotor blades for the aircraft developed by Erickson’s Reliability Engineering Program. This program tracks component performance and determines corrective action analyses to drive part and assembly improvements, such as the Aircrane’s main rotor blade enhancements. The program is based within Erickson’s Manufacturing and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) division, which delivers a level of quality service certified to internationally recognized AS9100 standards. This certification extends to the repair station, where aircraft maintenance occurs in the field, making Erickson’s operations entirely self-reliant.

Leading the company’s bid for the contract was Erickson’s comprehensive Safety Management System (SMS). This SMS focuses on proactive risk management to identify and correct potential hazards. Through these safety and efficiency procedures, the company consistently maintains an industry leading Operational Readiness Rate (ORR) worldwide.

Erickson has significant experience operating in South America, including Peru, Ecuador and Brazil.

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