Erickson has received a contract from Chilcott, on behalf of US Southern Command, to deliver flight currency training for the Uruguayan Air Force helicopter pilots (Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya or FAU).
Under this contract, Erickson pilot instructors will train FAU pilots prior to the United Nations stabilisation mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
Erickson President and CEO Jeff Roberts said: "We are excited to support Chilcott, US Southern Command and the Uruguayan Air Force in this very important endeavour.
"This contract fits into our core competency of providing a full range of aviation services for legacy aircraft. We see great value in sharing our expertise for flying in remote and challenging locations."
The training will be conducted in Spanish, the company stated.
Using a Bell 412 aircraft, Erickson pilots offers ground refresher training and more than 200 hours of supervised flight currency training at Erickson’s facility in McMinnville, Oregon.
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The training is expected to be completed before scheduled UN mission pilot rotations in the third quarter of this year.
MONUSCO was established in 2010. It is aimed to protect civilians, humanitarian personnel and human rights defenders under imminent threat of physical violence and to support the government of the DRC in its stabilisation and peace consolidation efforts.
It comprises a maximum of 19,815 military personnel, 760 military observers, 391 police personnel and 1,050 members of formed police units.