Oregon Aero Expansion Moves Toward Greater Efficiency, Increased Capacity
Scappoose, Ore. – An expansion that will allow Oregon Aero to even better serve its aviation customers through increased production and greater efficiencies is well on its way to completion. Since a groundbreaking held in September, the new 22,000-square-foot facility has risen from a wide-open field at the Scappoose Industrial Airpark and should be operational later this spring.
“It’s coming along nicely, and it’s just exciting to think about how it will really enhance what we do for all of our customers,” said Tony Erickson, Chief Operating Officer for Oregon Aero. “The construction team at JH Kelly has done a great job, and we’re pleased to see the project moving forward as planned.”
The $1.5 million hangar and office space, financed by the state of Oregon and the Port of St. Helens, will house operations for the development and manufacturing of Oregon Aero’s advanced, maximum-comfort, safer aviation seating systems and aircraft interior upgrades.
When it’s completed later this spring, the new building will nearly double Oregon Aero’s overall square footage to approximately 50,000 square feet. In addition to increased production capacity, the facility will allow Oregon Aero to consolidate all of its operations at the Scappoose Industrial Airpark, including its engineering department and machine shop, which are currently located in the nearby town of St. Helens.
The building also will accommodate a wide range of fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft and house the company’s FAA-approved Repair Station, customer service department and a conference room.
“We are incredibly excited about this expansion and all of the progress made so far,” Erickson said. “By the middle of this year, we will be up and running at full-speed and doing a lot more of what we do best.”
A grand opening event and dedication for the new facility will be scheduled and announced later this spring or early this summer.
Show Specials at HELI-EXPO
Scappoose, Ore. – Oregon Aero offers several HELI-EXPO 2013 Show Specials through March 15 that let pilots and crew eliminate the distractions of seating and headgear pain while keeping cash in their pockets! Show Specials are available at HELI-EXPO Booth N3431 or by calling Oregon Aero at 800-888-6910. Use promo code “HELI-EXPO.”
$400 off each pair: Maximum-Comfort Bell 206/407 VK SmartCushionT Systems
. $400 off two Oregon Aero® VK SmartCushionT System Upgrades with Leather or Fabric upholstery.
. VK SmartCushionT System shifts the hips, pelvis and back into the proper,
pain-free sitting position. Supports the occupant over the entire seat surface,
eliminates hot spots and is equally comfortable for multiple users.
. Custom designed for the 206/407 cockpit environment.
. Minimizes lower back pain from prolonged sitting. Helps maintain blood circulation.
Pain-free, safer flying, no matter how long or demanding the flight.
. FAA-approved Repair Station.
. Every branch of the U.S. military uses Oregon Aero seating with more than 20 million
. Designed and made in the U.S.A. 100% customer satisfaction guaranteed.
$30 off: Maximum-Comfort Portable Comfort SoftSeat® Cushion Base/Lumbar Combo
. Change your existing seat into a comfortable seat. Offered with or without cut-out Base
to accommodate helicopter controls.
. Cushion shifts your hips, pelvis and back into the proper, pain-free position.
Eliminates hot spots.
. Minimizes lower back pain caused by prolonged sitting. Helps maintain blood circulation.
. Multiples users get the same comfort.
. No sinking into the Cushion. Options available to raise or move user forward.
. Zippered and interchangeable parts. We recommend the Base/Lumbar Combo
for best results.
. Designed and made by hand in the U.S.A.100% customer satisfaction guaranteed.
$25 off: Pain-Free, Quieter Oregon Aero® Helmet and Headset Upgrade Kits
. Pain-free flying for a fraction of the cost of buying new.
. Eliminate pain.
. Reduce noise.
. Improve intelligibility and transmission clarity.
. Custom-designed Kits for most helmet and headset models.
. Kits may include ZetaLiner® or Zeta II® Helmet Liner (helmets), SoftTop® Headset Cushion (headsets), SoftSeal® Ear Cushions, SoftSkin® Ear Seal Covers, HushKit® Passive Noise Attenuation Kit and MicMuff® Microphone Cover.
Oregon Aero Technical Personnel Available at HELI-EXPO
Las Vegas, NV – What do you need in a helicopter seat cushion system or seat assembly? Do you want to upgrade your current seats to maximum-comfort seating? Here’s your chance to talk to the experts.
Knowledgeable, experienced Oregon Aero personnel will be available at HELI-EXPO Booth N3431 to discuss individual, after-market and OEM helicopter seating. The company can meet functionality and cockpit requirements-and on top of that provide maximum-comfort, safer seating, no matter the mission or how long the flight.
Oregon Aero designs, manufactures and certifies advanced seating systems for most types of aircraft and is an FAA-approved Repair Station. Oregon Aero® Seating can be customized for any rotor wing application, including: corporate, utility, HEMS, law enforcement, homeland security, fire and rescue, search and rescue and heli-logging.
All branches of the U.S. military use Oregon Aero® seating, with more than 20 million logged flight hours. Upholstery and interior upgrade services also are available.
Oregon Aero® VK SmartCushionT Systems and High-G® Seat Assemblies:
. Provide maximum comfort.
. Shift the hips, pelvis and back into the proper, pain-free sitting position.
. Minimize low back pain caused by prolonged sitting.
. Minimize fatigue.
. Help maintain leg circulation on long flights.
. Help increase concentration and eliminate distraction from seat pain and discomfort.
. Improve crew endurance.
. Adapt to the occupant’s shape.
. Are equally comfortable for every occupant.
. Are engineered to meet cockpit and functionality requirements.
. Improve safety.
. Meet applicable FAA requirements and regulations.
. Are equally effective in extremely cold or warm temperatures.
. Are extremely durable and resist becoming squashed or deformed over time.
. Are backed by 100% guaranteed satisfaction.
. Increase the value of aircraft.
. Combine state-of-the-art engineering and superb technical craftsmanship.
. Are backed by nearly 25 years of experience in seating engineering, testing, certification and manufacturing.
An Easy, Portable Solution for Pain-Free Flying
Scappoose, Ore. – Oregon Aero offers an easy, portable way for helicopter crews to have comfortable seats. The company’s Portable Comfort SoftSeat® Cushions for helicopters feature the same design expertise and technical craftsmanship found in the company’s advanced, maximum-comfort aircraft seating systems, but at less cost than a seat cushion upgrade and with the ease and versatility that portable cushions provide.
Through March 15, helicopter customers receive $30 off the Comfort SoftSeat® Cushion Base/Lumbar Combo. Order at Booth N3431 or call Oregon Aero at 800-888-6910 and use promo code “HELI-EXPO.”
What’s so great about the Portable Comfort SoftSeat® Cushion for helicopters?
. The pain is gone. The Cushion design shifts the hips, pelvis and back into the proper,
. “Hot spots” are gone. Visco-elastic foam “reads” body temperature and pressure, distributing
the occupant’s weight over the entire Cushion surface.
. Helps maintain blood circulation.
. Minimizes lower back pain from prolonged sitting.
. Multiple users get the same comfort.
. No sinking into the Cushion. Cushions don’t compress over time.
. Options available to raise or move occupant forward.
. Absorbs vibration.
. Equally effective in extreme cold or heat.
. Zippered and interchangeable parts. We recommend the Comfort SoftSeat® Base/Lumbar
Combo for best results.
. Carry handle for easy transporting.
. Can also be used in cars, chairs, boats, etc.
. Designed and made by hand in the U.S.A.
. 100% customer satisfaction guaranteed.
Several options of the Comfort SoftSeat® Cushion are available, including a cut-out Base to accommodate helicopter controls. Thickness options include ½” for limited headroom, 1” standard thickness and 2” thickness if the occupant needs to be raised.
Oregon Aero, Randy Mains Team Up for CRM Training Launch at HELI-EXPO
Scappoose, Ore. – One aviation pioneer will join another at this year’s HELI-EXPO to officially launch a new endeavor aimed at reducing the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service accident rate - and saving lives.
Randy Mains, a certified CRM/AMRM instructor, assessor and facilitator, will be at Oregon Aero’s booth, N3431, at HELI-EXPO from March 5-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event officially launches the new Oregon Aero CRM/AMRM (Crew Resource Management/Air Medical Resource Management) training program, with Mains serving as Chief CRM/AMRM Instructor.
“This program is something we’ve been wanting to do for years, so we’re excited to see it come to fruition at HELI-EXPO,” said Jack Todaro, Director of Business Development for Oregon Aero. “And I can’t think of a better way to kick it off than having Randy there with us, sharing his experience and perspective on the importance of CRM/AMRM training.”
A decorated combat veteran with more than 13,000 flight hours, Mains has been a pioneer in the HEMS industry and an advocate for comprehensive CRM/AMRM training. His approach to the training, which Oregon Aero offers through intensive 8-hour courses at a customer’s site, includes multiple modules covering everything from human error and company safety culture to decision-making and communication.
“When CRM/AMRM is done right and everyone buys into it, you can stop the accidents,” Mains said, noting that CRM/AMRM training is now FAA-mandated for Part 135 Operations. “I’m looking forward to working with Oregon Aero on this program and spreading the word at HELI-EXPO. We really can make a difference.”
During HELI-EXPO, Mains will be on hand to talk about the new training program, which offers an initial single-day 8-hour course as well as a yearly recurrent 8-hour course. Both are held at an operator’s site and satisfy all FAA, EU-OPS, JAR ICAO, Canadian and CAMTS requirements. Oregon Aero will be booking courses at the expo for both HEMS and airborne law enforcement.
In addition, Mains will sign copies of his books, and there will be a drawing for his books as well.
“We’re excited to get this project off the ground at HELI-EXPO,” Todaro said, “and to start helping reduce the HEMS accident rate anywhere we can.”
About Randy Mains
A distinguished and decorated combat pilot - he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, 27 Air Medals and the Bronze Star for his service during the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne Division - Randy Mains is a certified CRM/AMRM instructor, assessor and facilitator. With more than 13,000 flight hours, Mains also has been a senior instructor for Bell Helicopter. For decades, Mains has been a pioneer in Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), setting up a country-wide HEMS system in the Sultanate of Oman, flying as a HEMS pilot for the king of Saudi Arabia and helping the country set up a HEMS program. Mains is the author of three books, two that deal with HEMS in America, and he writes a monthly column for Rotorcraft Pro. Find out more at www.randymains.com.
About Oregon Aero, Inc.
A leader in engineering, testing, certifying and manufacturing advanced seating systems for aircraft and other applications, Oregon Aero, Inc. is known for providing The Ultimate in Flying ComfortT. The company - AS9100 certified and home to an FAA-approved Repair Station - also specializes in headset upgrade kits, aviation and ballistic helmet upgrade kits, pilot accessories, and professional Crew Resource Management/Air Medical Resource Management (CRM/AMRM) training. All Oregon Aero® products are developed and manufactured in the U.S.A.
Go to OregonAero.com/crm for more information about the CRM/AMRM Training Program