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Columbia and Brightwater to share helicopter support
Columbia Helicopters has entered an MoU with Brightwater UAG to support certain GE engines and the Sikorsky platform. It positions the company to support S-61 and CT58 types with logistics support and components.
Columbia Helicopters enters MOU with Brightwater UAG to support the GE CT58 engine and the Sikorsky S-61.

Oregon-based heavy-lift helicopter operator and MRO Columbia Helicopters and Connecticut-based support management company Brightwater United Aero Group (UAG) have entered into a memorandum of understanding to work cooperatively on a supply chain agreement supporting the GE CT58 engine and the Sikorsky S-61 platform in its entirety.

Columbia has operated and maintained the CT58 engine for more than six decades, developing a strong relationship with GE over the years including partnering to evolve the product. In March 2018, it became the total logistics support provider for all operators and maintainers of GE T58 and CT58 engines. Under that agreement with GE, Columbia was licensed to produce all procurable spare parts under its FAA production certificate, utilising OEM drawings and specifications, and provide maintenance for the global fleet.

“This MOU allows us to be well positioned with United Aero Group to support the S-61 and CT58 communities with product/logistics support and OEM components. We are excited to team with them and leverage both of our talents,” says vice president of growth and strategy Santiago Crespo.

United Aero Group was granted the Sikorsky distributorship of total support of the S-61 platform in 2020. It offers a full offering of S-61 support for parts, GSE and rotables. UAG believes this opportunity to work with Columbia Helicopters in developing a more holistic solution for the future of this platform will support the operators and the OEM at a new level.

President and CEO Jamie Gelder adds: “Teaming legacy support leaders for logistics and front office customer support, bolstered by the expertise needed in manufacturing and engineering, supports the original OEM role by creating new revenue for the platform. We are very pleased with this opportunity to work with Columbia and the OEMs.”

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