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MARCH 2017
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The Canadian Business Journal
and ready to fly anywhere in the world) its heli-
copters to any theatre of operations within 72
hours, and within 36 hours after shipment arrival,
aircraft and full crew are operational. The crews
rotate on regular basis. “For example, one of our
firefighting contracts is in Eastern Ontario, the
aircraft will leave in late April / early March, and
returns in late August / early September, and
we rotate the crews regularly. The crews run
the remote operations themselves, and we are
able to monitor their operation in real time and
provide them support they need remotely. The
crews maintain the aircraft in the field. It’s known
aircraft had been maintained remotely for as long
as nine months,” says Wilson.
Locally, the company has an ongoing part-
nership with Vernon, B.C., Search and Rescue,
operating a rescue helicopter based in Kelowna.
“For this service, we use Bell 412EP—there is only
about four of these helicopters in Canada, and we
operate two of them. The helicopter is equipped,
of course, with rescue hoist-and-winch system
and emergency medical equipment. The helicop-
ter has four crew members on board—the pilot,
rescue winch operator, and two rescue profes-
sionals trained in avalanche rescue as well as
paramedic care,” says Wilson.
Wildcat makes it the point building strong
employee culture by hiring the best talent pos-
sible. The company does this by focusing on
pilots and crew who are experienced but still
at the upswing in their career, people who can
think outside the box and focus on putting the
customer’s needs first, and doing the work safely
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