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Erickson Press Release – 5 March 2018

Erickson completes its first transmission line project in UK.

Innovative project in Scotland connects a substation with wind energy generation by helicopter.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Erickson Incorporated, a leading aerospace manufacturer and aerial services company, contracted with Balfour Beatty to build a transmission line for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSE), connecting renewable energy from the Dorenell Wind Farm to a transmission network at Blackhillock, Scotland between Aberdeen and Inverness.
The project provides new sources of electricity with minimal impact on the land environment and is the first of its kind for Erickson in Europe. President of Commercial Aviation Services, Andrew Mills commented, “We like being part of new innovative projects that are a win-win-win. This project is good for the citizens of northern Scotland as they have access to renewable energy, it is a better option for the environment and it is good for our customer. We appreciate the opportunity to bring our expertise and efficiency to Balfour Beatty’s project.”

Scottish and Southern Electricity Network Press Release – 15 February 2018 

Flying into pole position.

140 new composite poles which will connect the Dorenell Wind Farm to Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks’ (SSEN) Blackhillock Substation, near Keith, have now been successfully installed with the help of a specialist helicopter from the USA.

This innovative technology, which uses a durable composite polymer instead of the traditional timber, is the first of its kind to be installed on the GB transmission network, and has been specially adapted to meet the unique terrain and environment of the north east of Scotland.

The use of the specialist Erickson S-64 Air Crane helicopter, which can hold up to a 10-tonne load, allowed the construction team to overcome the rugged terrain whilst minimising disturbance to the environment and community.

Paul Higginbotham, Lead Project Manager at SSEN, explains more: “This is a new way of delivering electricity in Scotland and I am proud that we are the first transmission network owner to use composite poles in the UK. The use of composite materials means they have a stronger strength/weight ratio than the traditional wood pole alternative.  They are also less visually intrusive than steel lattice towers.

“We shipped in a S64-F Air Crane from the USA to lift and install the poles. This innovative installation method meant that we did not require access tracks for the erection process and were able to install the poles quickly in locations that would have been difficult to access by crane.”

SSEN has engaged Balfour Beatty as the Principal Contractor to supply, install and connect the 140 composite poles that will link Dorenell Wind Farm to SSEN’s substation at Blackhillock, near Keith.

Andrew Smith, Operations Director for Balfour Beatty’s Power Transmission and Distribution business in Scotland, added: “At Balfour Beatty, we are continually assessing how we can utilise technology and innovation to mitigate safety risks, increase project efficiencies and overcome challenges faced by the sector.

“Working in collaboration with SSEN, we have developed an entirely new infrastructure solution which meets industry specifications in both the UK and Europe. This includes modifying the pole structures to be less intrusive, enhancing the durability of the insulators and utilising cutting edge conductors to enable real-time monitoring of windfarm and substation performance.”

Composite poles are environmentally friendly and require no preservatives. They eliminate the need to harvest trees, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, carbon consumption, and the degradation of ecosystems. In addition, composite poles demonstrate a longer lifespan and can be repurposed or recycled at the end of their useful life. Composite structures are already being used successfully in Canada, the USA, Scandinavia and Ireland. SSEN, operating under licence as Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc is responsible for maintaining and investing in the electricity network in the north of Scotland.

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 – 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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