In December 2002, Kurt Koehnke assumed the position of Director of Maintenance, with responsibility for all maintenance related operations of helicopters in the field, including those leased to Helifor, as well as for the 135 maintenance program.

Kurt has been a Columbia employee since 1987, first as a BV 107 mechanic. He entered the BV 234 program in 1989 and served as maintenance supervisor in Papua New Guinea, Peru and Ecuador.

He has been a Maintenance Supervisor since 1994. Prior to joining Columbia Kurt attended Embry Riddle University and served in the U.S. Army as a CH-47 mechanic.