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Similar aircraft 480B

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is pleased to announce they have received a signed contract from the Venezuela Ministry of Defense for 16 training helicopters.

The aircraft will be delivered within the next 18 months and will be used for training by the Venezuelan Air Force and Navy. The contract includes 16 standard model 480B helicopters as well as spare parts and tools, pilot and mechanic training, and in-country technical assistance during the life of the contract. With its solid customer support system and newly expanded facility, Enstrom is ready to meet the challenge.

“We are very excited about this opportunity to provide training helicopters for Venezuela,” said Tracy Biegler, Enstrom CEO. “This is their first helicopter purchase from a U.S. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in more than ten years. We are pleased that the 480B was selected for this training mission.”

Venezuela and Enstrom have a positive history together. The Venezuelan National Guard operates Enstrom helicopters purchased in the 1970s; they expanded their fleet in 2001.

Contract negotiations were coordinated through Helinautica, C.A., which represents Enstrom in Venezuela. Owner of Helinautica, Guillermo Basalo Sucre, was pleased with the final contract. “It’s no surprise that we went with Enstrom, considering the positive experience we’ve had with them,” said Guillermo Basalo, “Excellent product support was a key factor in selecting Enstrom again.”

“All parties are pleased with the final result,” said Orlando Alaniz, Enstrom’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “It was a privilege to work with the Helinautica team and the fine organization at VEXIMCA, the contracting agency for the Venezuela government.”

Have we met?

TH180withCloudsEnstrom Helicopter Corporation is pleased to introduce the newest member of its family, the TH180. Designed as a training helicopter, the TH180 is based on Enstrom’s solid reputation for safety and customer support with additional focus on low operating costs and ease of learning.

“The TH180 is designed with the student in mind. Its rugged frame with robust, energy-absorbing landing gear delivers wide margins of safety during the learning process,” said Bill Taylor, Director of Engineering. “In addition, the high inertia main rotor provides excellent autorotation characteristics and, coupled with the airframe design, contributes to the helicopter’s unparalleled stability. The high inertia main rotor blades and articulated hub combine with the unblocked tail rotor to produce amazing controllability and very forgiving handling qualities.”

“The TH180 is also designed for the flight instructor. Mechanical controls provide direct feedback to the pilot, and basic systems prepare the student for a variety of future flying opportunities. With plenty of head and leg room, memory foam seating, and quiet cabin environment, an instructor will experience many hours of quality training and comfort with the student pilot,” said Orlando Alaniz, Director of Sales and Marketing.

In addition, the TH180 will be an economical addition to the training fleet. With few life-limited parts and superb customer and technical support, the TH180 boasts ease of maintenance and low operating costs. Rotor gearboxes are exchanged on an overhaul basis, and over ninety percent of parts are shipped within 24 hours, meaning less time spent on the ground. And its sleek, stylish design is a reflection of good taste.

The new TH180 trainer mockup debuted at the Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California, on February 25.

New Adventures

Jerry & Tracy with heli

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation announces a change in leadership effective February 1, 2014.

Jerry Mullins, current President and CEO, announced his retirement on January 24. A veteran in the aviation industry for 40 years, Mullins says, “It’s a been a great run. Part of me will always be connected to the helicopter industry.” Mullins had previously served as President and CEO at Heli-Dyne Systems in Texas. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working in this industry with a wonderful group of highly dedicated people. I made friendships for life and appreciate all the support and opportunities the industry has offered.” Mullins will continue to work as a consultant to Enstrom through 2014.

Mullins and his wife Nancy will be moving to Texas to be closer to family, including twin grandchildren. “I look forward to being known as Papa rather than President, “ he says, referring to his anticipated role as grandfather.

Tracy Biegler, currently serving as Vice President, will be stepping into leadership as company President and CEO. Biegler, a 26-year veteran of the aviation industry, has been at Enstrom for ten years. The change in leadership is just one more transition at Enstrom and will support the growth initiated by Mullins. The company has already increased its workforce and production capacity. “We’ve also had a change of ownership in the last 15 months, and we’re currently in the process of populating our expanded facility,” said Biegler. “Look for Enstrom to take a bigger role on the global helicopter stage.”

The change in leadership will be formally announced at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California, in late February.