HTM Group takes over maintenance of Bundespolitzei EC155 fleet

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HTM has been awarded a contract to support the Bundespolizei (German Federal Police) through an MRO contract. The contract will see HTM Group company Intercopter take over the maintenance and repair of the 19 aircraft strong Bundespolizei EC155 fleet. While the majority of the work will be carried out by Intercopter at its Taufkirchen site near Munich, sister company, Advanced Aerospace Developments GmbH (AAD), may also provide services in modifications and integrations

StandardAero opens two new RR300 MRO facilities

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StandardAero has announced the addition of two new approved facilities for Rolls-Royce RR300 helicopter engine MRO.  With this new expanded capability, the company is now able to service the engine type for Robinson R66 helicopter operators in Westminster, British Columbia and Concord, North Carolina in addition to its existing facilities in Winnipeg, Manitoba , Portsmouth U.K. and Singapore.

While RR300 MRO will now take place at the two new facilities, engine testing capabilities will remain at the company’s locations in Winnipeg, Portsmouth and Dallas.  StandardAero also services helicopter engine LRU’s including Fuel Control Units, PT Governors, Fuel Pumps and Starter Generators at its Portsmouth, Hialeah, Florida and Broomfield, Colorado locations. “StandardAero is pleased to expand our global MRO services for RR300 engines and adding capabilities in Western Canada and the U.S. Eastern coast significantly extends our geographic reach for servicing North American Operators,” said Cory Waldmo, Director of Customer Service for StandardAero Helicopters business unit.  “We look forward to continuing to provide the industry’s best engine MRO services for RR300 operators around the world.”

Bell boosts Australian MRO presence

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Bell has acquired Eagle Copters Maintenance Pty. Ltd (ECM) an MRO with facilities in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales and Redcliffe, Queensland.
ECM was already part of Bell’s aftermarket network as one of the company’s customer service facilities (CSF) but the buyout will, say Bell enable them to expand its regional footprint aftermarket solutions in Australia and Asia-Pacific. Eagle is of course a familiar name in Bell support, ECM was formed as a joint venture between Calgary based Eagle Copters and Australia’s Aero Assist. The Eagle Copters network has worked with Bell for 40 years and is one of the company’s top producing CSFs.
“This acquisition enables us to provide local support and solutions to our customers in Australia and in Asia-Pacific,” said Chris Schaefer, director, Support and Services, Bell. “We are confident ECM has the right portfolio of service offerings for competitive aftermarket support in the region. We are excited to have them join the Bell family.” Adding his thoughts Grant Boyer ECM Director said “We’ve always felt a part of the Bell team from being a CSF partner for more than six years, We have a positive and strong reputation in the region and provide dedicated support to our customer network. The team is excited for this new journey with Bell and to continue bringing robust solutions in Australia and Asia-Pacific.”

HAI announce Maintenance SMS initiative

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Following on from the success of its Safety Management Systems (SMS) programme for helicopter operators in 2021, The Helicopter Association International (HAI) has announced an addition to its “VTOL safety tool chest” an SMS programme for aircraft maintenance. The programme comes as a result of partnership between the HAI and the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) which will see the AEA allow HAI members to use its SMS programme at no cost.

Bristow sign multiple maintenance deals in support of its AW139, 189 and S92 fleets

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Bristow Group has announced that it has signed a maintenance agreements with Leonardo Helicopters and Pratt & Whitney which will see the company’s entire fleet of AW139s under the same maintenance and support umbrella.

The legacy Era AW139 fleet was previously covered by a limited power-by-the-hour (“PBH”) support agreement with Leonardo for the airframes, while the engines were maintained on a time and cost of materials basis. The legacy Bristow AW139 fleet was covered by multiple, disparate PBH support agreements with Leonardo for the airframes, and the engines were covered under a PBH agreement with Pratt & Whitney. The new agreements result in consistent, global maintenance support programs for Bristow’s AW139 helicopters, both the airframes and the engines.

“Following the merger of Era and Bristow in June 2020, we have been working for two years to align our AW139 maintenance support agreements on the most favourable terms possible for Bristow,” said Stuart Stavley, Senior Vice President, Global Fleet Management. “The cost certainty contained in these agreements is particularly valuable given the broader economic backdrop of the current inflationary environment.”

In addition to the AW139 agreements, Bristow has also signed long-term maintenance support agreements with Leonardo for the AW189 airframe and with Honeywell for the AW139 avionics suite. The company has also signed a long-term maintenance agreement with General Electric for support of AW189 and S-92 engines.