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Celebrating Delivery of the First Model 480B-G!

G1000H in Boswell shipMenominee, Michigan; October 6, 2014

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation celebrated delivery of the first model 480B-G to Rick Boswell of New Hampshire today. The 480B-G is equipped with the Garmin G1000H glass cockpit.

“I’m a tech junkie,” says Rick. “When I heard about the Garmin G1000H, I had to have it. Partner it with the Enstrom 480B, and it’s my perfect helicopter.”

Certification of the 480B-G was completed in July 2014, making the 480B-G the only helicopter in its class offering this sophisticated electronic equipment.

A history with Enstrom

“I learned to fly helicopters in an Enstrom,” said Rick. “On my first day of training, I knew this was the right aircraft for me.” Rick was instrumental in upgrading the avionics in his previous 480B as well.

Roger Sharkey of Sharkey’s Helicopters served as Mr. Boswell’s instructor. “The 480B has always been a phenomenal ship, rugged and reliable,” said Roger. “They have taken the unbeatable reliability of an Enstrom helicopter and paired it with the best avionics suite available today, bar none. This is the future.”

Employee Picture 480B-G DeliveryThe entire Enstrom team welcomed Rick and Roger at their manufacturing facility in Menominee, Michigan. “The fine team at Enstrom worked hard to make the 480B-G a reality, and we are excited that you are the first customer for this unparalleled aircraft,” said Tracy Biegler, Enstrom’s President and CEO.

Rick meets his ship

480B-G Boswell in flightAfter his initial flight, Rick’s comment was, “Spectacular! There’s a lot to learn, but after some study time and a few hours flying, it’ll be second nature.” He is also thrilled with the paint scheme, which he chose to honor the Blue Angels.

“Rick says the Enstrom 480B is one of the best-kept secrets in the aviation world,” said Orlando Alaniz, Director of Sales and Marketing at Enstrom. “That got my attention, and the 480B-G demonstrates we are working to change that.”

Garmin stops by

“We are thrilled to be a part of the 480B-G program and proud of our strong partnership with Enstrom,” said Chris Bauer, Aviation OEM Sales Manager at Garmin. “Both of our products are known for safety and reliability, making the G1000H a great fit for the 480B-G. The industry-leading situational awareness features of the G1000H provide Enstrom 480B-G customers great value.”

The 480B-G is the third helicopter model certified for the G1000H and has a stacked configuration. “This configuration just made sense in our aircraft” said Eric Gjesdahl, an avionics design engineer at Enstrom. “It mimics the current 480B configuration, allowing seamless transitions. It also makes the screens equally accessible from both seats, which is important in training.”

Sharkey’s Helicopters

Sharkey’s Helicopters, Inc., is a mid-sized helicopter company based in tax-free West Lebanon, New Hampshire and is the oldest and largest Enstrom helicopter dealership in the world. In business since 1973, Sharkey’s specializes in sales, parts, and service for both Enstrom and Bell Helicopters. In addition, Sharkey’s offers full flight instruction (from basic to turbine transitions), as well as charter flights. For more information or a 480B-G demo, contact Roger Sharkey at (603) 298-8728 or visit Sharkey’s Helicopters, Inc.

Enstrom joins elite ranks in technology: Introducing the 480B-G

G1000H in 5157Menominee, MI/July 28, 2014 — Enstrom is pleased to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration has certified the Garmin G1000H all-glass, integrated flight deck for installation in its 480B helicopter model. The new configuration will be designated the 480B-G.

“This program is a significant milestone for Enstrom as we continue with future developments in our product line offerings” said Tracy Biegler, Enstrom President and CEO.  “Every department in the company pulled together to make this happen. My congratulations to Garmin and Enstrom teams in accomplishing this huge task.”

The 480B-G is now one of three helicopters in the world—and the only helicopter in its class—to offer a G1000H Integrated Flight Deck System. “Combining the G1000H with the safety and handling qualities of the 480B make this an exceptional helicopter for anything, including personal use, police work, and training,” according to Bill Taylor, Enstrom’s Director of Engineering. “We partnered with RSG Aerodesign during the design phase, and that really helped get the project moving. We would not have been able to accomplish this in the time we did without their support early on.”

The G1000H reduces pilot workload and presents all critical flight and engine information at a glance, thereby increasing simplicity, safety, and situational awareness. “We are excited to bring this technology into the helicopter market,” said Orlando Alaniz, Director of Sales and Marketing at Enstrom. “It is a logical addition to our line of aircraft designed for safety, performance, and innovation.”

The first 480B-G is already in production and will be delivered to the customer in the near future.

Are we in your part of the world yet?

DSA at FarnboroughEnstrom Helicopter Corporation is pleased to announce three new Enstrom dealers: DSA a.s., in the Czech Republic, Hi-Tech Helicopters, Inc. in North Carolina, and Indiana Helicopters in Indiana.

“All three are well-established companies and will enhance our market presence for these regions,” said Orlando Alaniz, director of sales and marketing at Enstrom. “We are looking forward to combining our strengths and creating a positive experience for our customers.”

Czech Republic
Located in Prague, DSA has been maintaining and restoring fixed-wing and rotary aircraft since 1991. Other services include a flight school, sightseeing and taxi flights, aerial photography, and transportation for medical patients and injured persons (HEMS).

DSA will address helicopter needs in the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, and Hungary. “We help customers with their unique missions, and we are pleased to be able to offer the benefits of an Enstrom helicopter,” said Roland Vanhees, sales director at DSA.

North Carolina
Established in 2005, Hi-Tech Helicopters is a progressive helicopter training and sales facility located in Elkin, North Carolina.

“Our goal is to provide exceptional flight instruction with safety first,” said John Kerrick, President. “With their reputation for safety and exceptional handling characteristics, Enstrom helicopters are ideal for training. I am excited to help people reach their aviation goals in an Enstrom.”

Indiana Helicopters is a new Enstrom dealer in the midwestern United States.

Indiana Helicopters provides helicopter flight instruction and aircraft rental in partnership with their sister company, Sweet Aviation. Chuck Surack, owner of both companies, is first in line to purchase Enstrom’s new TH180 trainer. According to Surack, “I am really excited to partner with Enstrom for the next chapter in Indiana Helicopters and Sweet Aviation. I learned how to fly helicopters in an Enstrom, and the first helicopter I owned was a brand new Enstrom 480B. At Sweet Aviation, we train on an Enstrom F28F. It’s my opinion that there isn’t a better helicopter to learn on or personally own. We couldn’t be happier to be an Enstrom Dealer and Service Center.”


From left to right: Roland Vanhees of DSA, Orlando Alaniz from Enstrom, and Tomáš Suchánek of DSA at Farnborough.