Forestry researchers in Alaska need a capable aircraft to help establish forestry field plots to analyze and monitor over several years as part of a national program. They found their solution at Erickson Inc. (NASDAQ:EAC), contracting the global aviation services company to provide helicopter transport in support of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Inventory Analysis project.
Under the five-year contract, Erickson will deliver one exclusive-use, light-lift helicopter for charter services to an interagency field crew led by the Alaska DNR Division of Forestry, United States Department of Agricultural (USDA), and United States Forest Service.
The Forest Inventory Analysis project area for 2016 is focused on Alaska’s interior. Erickson operations will be based in Fairbanks and work out of Nenana and Manley. For the work, the aircraft and crew will be required to operate in and out of unimproved landing areas, potentially during periods of inclement weather, gusty winds, and possibly smoky conditions. Erickson’s self-reliant team of experienced pilots and qualified mechanics are specially trained for performance in rugged terrain and challenging conditions, officials say.
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