Enstrom Helicopter Corporation recently shipped 4 new 480B turbine helicopters to Thailand. The helicopters are part of a program for 16 training/utility helicopters for the Royal Thai Army. Enstrom has already delivered 6 helicopters, and these have entered service for the RTA.
“This is an exciting time for Enstrom,” said Enstrom’s President & CEO, Jerry Mullins. “Although we’ve fulfilled orders for larger numbers of aircraft before, this shipment of 4 highly advanced 480Bs represents the single biggest shipment, dollar-wise, in Enstrom’s history. It’s a testament to the increase in capability and growth of the company.”
The 480Bs are being used by the RTA for pilot training, as well as utility missions. During the recent flooding in Thailand the new 480Bs were put to work for disaster relief efforts in the beleaguered city of Bangkok. “Our employees took great pride in the news that our helicopters were assisting the people of Thailand and making a difference,” said Mullins. “That’s why we build them.”
The latest shipment of 480Bs will arrive in Thailand in January and the remaining 6 aircraft are scheduled to ship the first quarter of 2012.