JUNEAU (AP) -- Four companies will share the allocated number of helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield, under a plan developed by the U.S. Forest Service following a decision that set the number of landings there through 2007.
The agency authorized 18,823 landings on the icefield in 2003. Of those, 17,796 ''priority use'' landings were reauthorized to existing users in a noncompetitive process.
The four companies that will split those landings are Coastal Helicopters, Era Helicopters, NorthStar Trekking and TEMSCO.
The 1,027 remaining landings for 2003 were awarded to NorthStar, TEMSCO and Coastal through a competitive bid process. The allocation was based on the quality of the proposal, performance history, safety plan and record, according to the Forest Service.
A proposal from Era was not received by a Nov. 15 deadline and could not be considered for the additional landings, the Forest Service said.
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