Kurt Koehnke and Roy Toavs promoted at Columbia Helicopters


Columbia Helicopters is the world’s largest private heavy lift helicopter company

Columbia Helicopters Boeing Vertol 234Columbia Helicopters has announced the
promotion of two key personnel.

“As part of our continuing effort to support
our business challenges and growth, we are promoting Kurt Koehnke to the
position of vice president of maintenance,” said Mike Fahey, president of
Columbia Helicopters. “In his new position, Kurt will oversee all maintenance
activity for the company.” Koehnke has served as director of maintenance since
2002, and was responsible for all maintenance-related operations in the field
and the company’s FAA Part 135 maintenance program. Koehnke attended Embry Riddle
University and served
with the US Army maintaining CH-47s. He joined Columbia in 1987 and worked as a mechanic on
the Columbia Vertol 107-II and as a crew chief on the Columbia Model 234
Chinook. He has been involved in establishing a number of our overseas

“Kurt was instrumental in our successful efforts
to obtain Part 135 certification for the 107’s and our CARB approval, as well
as many other accomplishments the company has experienced,” added Fahey.

Replacing Koehnke as director of maintenance
is Roy Toavs. This position is responsible for overseeing field maintenance
operations, and plays a key role in the company’s FAA Part 135 activity. “Roy has done an
exceptional job as our Field Maintenance Manager, and we know that he is
committed to the same high level of performance in his new role,” said Fahey.

In the 14 years Roy has spent with Columbia,
he has held a variety of positions including Vertol 107-II crew chief, and
Model 234 Chinook crew chief under FAA Part 135. Roy also has experience within the company’s
Repair Station including the Structures Shop and Tech Pubs. In his most recent
position as the field maintenance manager, Roy has been instrumental in the successful
passing of the CARB audit and transition of the 107 onto the 135 certificate.