Jack Erickson, through Erickson Air-Crane, develops the world’s first helicopter logging business, using Sikorsky Skycrane helicopters to harvest previously inaccessible forests.1971
While building markets for heavy-lift rotor aircraft across Asia and North America, Erickson establishes full MRO capability to dramatically improve the Skycrane’s reliability and functionality.
Erickson forms the Erickson Aircraft Collection on the Oregon Coast to display more than two dozen vintage aircraft to honor the legacy of aviation. In 2014 the Collection moved from Tillamook to Madras, Oregon.1983
Erickson certifies the Erickson S-64 Aircrane Helitanker, used for aerial firefighting, and begins operations in North America, Australia, and Europe.1992
Erickson Air-Crane acquires the STC from Sikorsky, which allows for full manufacturing, repair, and support rights of the helicopter.1992
Erickson purchases a majority interest in Aero Air, an FBO airport in Hillsboro, Ore., that sells aircraft and parts, performs maintenance, conducts corporate flight operations, and provides medevac services.1998
Precision Conversions is formed in Portland, Ore., to undertake the engineering, prototyping, and certification of 757-200 passenger-to-freighter conversions.2001
Precision Conversions is awarded its FAA STC for 757-200 conversions, notably attained through reverse engineering and fully funded by Erickson.
SF Express orders and receives its first converted 757 from Precision Aircraft Solutions. Photo credit: SF Express
Precision Engineering is formed to provide quality aeronautical engineering to major airlines and subsidiary vendors.2011
Aero Air begins operating fixed-wing firefighting services in Oregon and California while acquiring and modifying MD87s to meet U.S. Forest Service requirements.2012
Now offering a comprehensive collection of aircraft modification products and services, the Precision organization is restructured into Precision Aircraft Solutions and five subsidiaries: Precision Conversions, Precision Engineering, Precision Materials and Logistics, Precision Program Development, and Precision Aviation Resources.2014
FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approve conversion of 757-200 passenger aircraft with winglets to Precision freighter and combi configurations.August 2014
FAA approves a maximum zero fuel weight increase of 12,000 lb. on both winglet- and non-winglet-equipped Precision freighters, taking MZFW from 188,000 to 200,000 lb.January 2015
Precision commences work on freighters to replace a portion of DHL’s European Fleet. To date, the DHL global network operates multiple Precision converted aircraft.
The addition of an external pod boosts water-drop capabilities of aerial firefighting tankers.April 2017
The legendary B757-200PCF freighter conversion reaches a milestone with the delivery of the 100th conversion, delivered to long-time customer DHL.November 2018
321 Precision Conversions, a joint venture between Aircraft Transport Services Group (ATSG) and Precision Aircraft Solutions (PAS) announce the first post-conversion flight of the firm’s A321-200PCF freighter.
321 Precision Conversions receives the award of FAA Supplemental Type Certificate Number ST02716SE to the group’s new A321-200PCF freighter.April 2021
SmartLynx Airlines Malta received the first converted A321 for cargo service.June 2021