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JSfirm Member Press: Erickson Air-Crane Names David Ford Vice President of Manufacturing and MRO

David Ford has been named vice president of aircraft manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) at Erickson Air-Crane (EAC). Based at Erickson Air-Crane Manufacturing and MRO facilities in Central Point, Ore., Ford¹s responsibilities include leading the team that builds, modifies and maintains the Erickson S-64 helicopter, integrating EAC¹s principles of safety, integrity, quality and commitment. Ford has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the aerospace industry. He most recently served as general manager of Sikorsky Global Helicopter, with previous posts as president and chief operating officer of Keystone Helicopter Corporation, engineering director and general manager at B/E Aerospace, director at Textron Lycoming Turbine Engine Division, and various management positions at Bell Helicopter. "The addition of David Ford to our executive team is another element in the continuing implementation of our long-term strategy. Mr. Ford‘s three decades of leadership with multiple helicopter manufacturers enhances EAC¹s ability to deliver innovative and versatile aircraft to our customers," said Udo Rieder, president and chief executive officer of Erickson Air-Crane. "We anticipate with David Ford and our outstanding team, EAC will achieve improved business and production goals." Sikorsky Global Helicopter acquired Keystone in 2006, with Ford implementing the transition and being named as general manager of manufacturing and MRO operations. In four years, Ford played a key role in building substantial growth in the operations revenue as well as adding close to 700 new jobs. He led the company to achieve its Federal Aviation Administration production certificate and implemented its continuous improvement program, Achieving Competitive Excellence. He also built the first three prototypes of Sikorsky¹s newest commercial product, the S-76D, and a world class, state-of -the art customer delivery center. In addition, he led the successful transition of Sikorsky¹s commercial manufacturing activity from Stamford, CT, to Coatesville, PA. During his tenure at Keystone Helicopter, Ford is credited with growing the company with more than 500 new jobs, an effort that was recognized by Governor Ed Rendell and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by legislative commendation. Further, Keystone and Ford¹s leadership to enhance global competiveness earned the company the Chester County Economic Development Committee¹s Global Business Award. Ford earned his bachelor¹s degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech. Before earning a master¹s degree in industrial administration from Perdue University, he served five years in the United States Air Force as an air traffic controller. Ford also completed a series of executive leadership training courses at the University of Virginia¹s Darden Business School. Currently, Ford serves on the board of directors for the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, PA, as well as the Governor¹s Aviation Advisory Committee for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. On behalf of Helicopter Association International, Ford held positions as board liaison and chairman of the Manufacturer¹s Committee. About Erickson Air-Crane Erickson Air-Crane Inc. is the manufacturer and operator of the S-64 Aircrane Helicopter with a fleet of 16 Aircrane helicopters worldwide that have operated within 16 countries since 1971. With a lift capacity of up to 25,000 pounds (11,340 kg), the Aircrane is often the alternative of choice in the performance of firefighting, civil protection, hydromulch application, timber harvesting, and powerline construction. Erickson Air-Crane is a Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency certified repair and overhaul depot with a comprehensive manufacturing, maintenance and repair capability. Erickson supports and maintains its worldwide fleet of Aircranes from the manufacturing facility located in Central Point, OR, and the corporate headquarters located in Portland, OR.

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