Founded in 1948, Era Helicopters operates flight-seeing tours in the United States. The company supports firefighting operations and leases helicopters to third parties worldwide. Located in Golden Meadow, La., it has a fleet of medium-twin engine helicopters that can carry more than 10 passengers. The company s operating base features living quarters for flight and maintenance personnel, landing and fuelling facilities, and parts and equipment storage. Era Helicopters was one of the first companies to receive Federal Aviation Administration approval for an airborne radar approach. The company also specializes in forest fire suppression and prevention, as well as the timber surveying of state and national forest land. It additionally provides assistance in hydroelectric dam and power line construction, concrete pouring, pole setting, transportation and the assembly of heavy equipment and the maintenance of mountaintop communication systems. The company serves the oil and gas industries and government agencies. Era Helicopters also transports personnel to shallow and deepwater oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico.