February 19 - Columbia Helicopters has acquired three Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy lift helicopters from the US government.

The aircraft will expand the company's fleet of super heavy lift helicopters, which currently consists of six Columbia model 234 Chinooks, the commercial variant of the CH-47, and 14 Columbia Vertol 107-II helicopters.

"As a long time commercial operator of Chinook helicopters, we are uniquely positioned to operate and maintain these helicopters," said Columbia Helicopters' president, Stan Wilson. "The aircraft will come into our maintenance facility for refurbishment before putting them to work."