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A 234 was used to place this air handling unit atop a high rise building.


More Than 50 Years of Aerial Construction Experience

As the pioneer in aerial crane applications, Columbia first worked on construction projects in 1957. Since then, much has been learned in the handling of materials for helicopter lifting. Columbia personnel have years of experience in flying various types of loads. They know how to meet your job requirements and will thoroughly analyze each project prior to its start. Most company command pilots have several thousand flight hours in type, and are experts in long line external load applications.

Primary Areas of Construction

  • Power Lines: foundations, concrete, towers and equipment
  • Pipelines: pipe, pipe weights, backfill and equipment
  • Rooftop: air conditioners, chillers, HVAC units, ducting
  • Steel: columns, trusses, girders, roofing
  • Ski lifts: towers, tramways, cement, and equipment.
  • Cellular phone towers

Don’t Pay For More Helicopter Than You Need

Columbia’s fleet of Columbia Model 234 Chinooks and Columbia Vertol 107-II helicopters meet a wide array of job applications.  With precision placement capacities of 26,000 pounds for the Chinook and 10,000 pounds for the Vertol, Columbia can provide you with the appropriate helicopter for your project. The twin rotor system on both types of helicopters provides a high degree of stability.


Safe, Precision Placement of the Load

Large side bubble windows give the pilots a clear view of the external load at all times, including pickup and placement. This Columbia innovation means greater safety and significantly improves handling, speed, accuracy and turnaround time.


Saving Time Means Saving Money

Helicopter transport of external loads can mean savings in time and money. With no major advance setup time, loads can be lifted directly from adjacent staging areas and placed precisely in position.