The Tonkon Timeline


Smooth Landing in Columbia Helicopters Sale

Flying low, a Chinook firefighting helicopter drops water over hotspots in the Lake Christine forest fire on Basalt Mountain above Highway 82 in the town of Basalt in Eagle County, Colorado on July 5, 2018.

Tonkon Torp led one of Oregon’s most notable M&A deals of 2019 for its client, Columbia Helicopters, in its sale to AE Industrial, a private equity firm specializing in aviation markets. Founded in 1957, Columbia Helicopters, Inc. (CHI) is one of Oregon’s most recognizable brands. The Aurora-based aviation company is perhaps best known for their fleet of heavy-lift Chinook helicopters used in defense, firefighting, and natural resource explorations.

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