Columbia Helicopters to Receive FAA’s AMT Employer Diamond Award of Excellence for Fifth Consecutive Year

Columbia Helicopters earns its fifth consecutive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) AMT Employer Diamond Award of Excellence for its aviation maintenance technician (AMT) training program. Portland, OR-based Columbia Helicopters has received the annual award 14 times in the past 21 years.

The award, which will be presented during a special ceremony on May 4, has recognized aviation maintenance companies with effective, self-initiated, comprehensive maintenance technical training programs for the past 25 years. To be eligible, all members of a company’s full-time AMT staff must have earned an individual William (Bill) O’Brien AMT award during the previous calendar year.

“This award is the result of the diligent efforts by our team members who strive to constantly improve safety, quality, reliability and technical knowledge that exceed standard FAA regulatory requirements,” says Jim Rankin, CEO and president of Columbia Helicopters. “It takes discipline, commitment and perseverance to consistently win this award. I’m extremely proud of our team and the positive light this recognition shines on our rotorcraft community."