Columbia Helicopters, a helicopter operations and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider and a portfolio company of AE Industrial Partners, has promoted Michael Tremlett to president and CEO. He succeeds the current president and CEO Steve Bandy, who will retire at the end of 2022.

Tremlett has more than 26 years of military and civilian aviation experience, having served close to 20 years as a strategic business development leader in aviation manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul and depot sustainment organizations. He joined Columbia as vice president of business development in December 2021 and was promoted to executive vice president in July 2022. He has served in the U.S. Army as an AH-64 Apache aviator, commander and later as a commercial MRO maintenance test pilot.

“I am looking forward to working with our entire team to propel Columbia Helicopters toward our 2023 goals and secure new opportunities while we continue to grow our services with our current customers,” states Tremlett.