Kestrel enters an agreement with Erickson to operate Aircranes in Australia

August 2013

Kestrel has formed a cooperative agreement with Canadian company Erickson Incorporated to operate the versatile heavy-lift Erickson S26 Aircranes in Australia.

Erickson enjoys a reputation as the worldwide leader in high volume aerial firebombing and is currently the largest provider of heavy heli-tanker firefighting aircraft to the US Forest Service. Erickson has operated S26 Aircranes globally since 1992 and in Australia for more than 15 years.

The combination of Kestrel’s proven track record, local operation and well-equipped fleet, with Erickson’s renowned Aircranes, technical expertise and global firefighting experience, delivers unparalleled helicopter firefighting capability in Australia.

Erickson will base a team of pilots and technicians in Australia to operate and maintain the Aircranes, working with Kestrel’s team to deliver seamless and quality service to its clients.