Erickson Incorporated (OTCPK:EKSN) has hired financial consulting firm Houlihan Lokey Inc. (NYSE:HLI) to help it explore strategic alternatives. In a statement issued late last week, Erickson Chief Executive Officer Doug Kitani said the company is seeking a strategic partner who shares our vision and, via implication, could provide needed capital. "Our aim is to upgrade Erickson's great assets, including technology advances in the S-64 Super Air Crane, and expand our capabilities in MRO, KItani said. A new strategic partner will complement our strengths, propel Erickson to the next level, and position the company, with its legacy and expertise, as the first-choice leader in the most demanding air operations and OEM-level MRO support" . In February 2021, Erickson said it planned to make the first flight of its optionally-piloted S-64F+ Air Crane next year, with customer deliveries of the new helicopter variant to begin as early as 2024. The aircraft will be equipped with all-composite main rotor blades that Erickson certified late last year, as well as Sikorskys Matrix optional pilot technology and new turboshaft engines with Fadec. A HUD might also be available for the F+ in concert with Ericksons new aerial water cannon.