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LOM PRAHA TRADE a.s. and Enstrom Helicopter sign 480B-G Helicopter Contract

Menominee, MI, October, 2017 – Enstrom Helicopter Corporation signed a contract for six  480B-G turbine helicopters with LOM PRAHA TRADE a.s. in the Czech Republic. The Enstrom Representatives in the Czech Republic, Dan Tucek and Roland VanHees from DSA, provided the coordination for marketing, flight demonstrations, sales support and contract negotiations for this program.

 

Known as the 480B-G, Enstrom’s turbine-powered model is equipped with the Garmin G1000H, offering glass cockpit capability for this helicopter.  This equipment, coupled with the stability and easy maneuverability of the 480B, makes for the perfect training aircraft. “We looked at several aircraft models prior to deciding on the Enstrom 480B-G. said Miroslav Hejna, CEO of LOM PRAHA TRADE. a.s.  We believe the aircraft and the Enstrom team are the best choice for the long term.”

 

The contract plan has 2 480BG helicopters to be delivered in early 2018 followed by 4 later in the year.  This also includes spares, tools, and both pilot and maintenance training at the factory. Of the 6 helicopters, LOM PRAHA TRADE will be using 4 of the Enstrom 480B-Gs for training the military pilots. “The Enstrom 480B has proven to be the perfect ship for training in the military setting, said Tracy Biegler, President and CEO of Enstrom. Moving from the 480 to a larger aircraft provides a seamless transition.”  The remaining two aircraft will be used by LOM PRAHA TRADE a.s. for pilot training.

 

 

TH180 Update

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Menominee, MI, February, 2017–Enstrom’s TH180 helicopter program is moving forward towards certification.  The TH180 is Enstrom’s latest foray in the ab-initio flight training, personal flying, and light commercial market.  Designed to be simple and low cost, the TH180 will boast a number of traditional and beloved Enstrom features such as a high inertia fully articulated rotor head, unblocked tail rotor, and rugged landing gear.  Enstrom’s are renowned for their safety, and it expected the TH180 will build upon that and be a class leader in safety.

 

Enstrom is currently flying it’s second (and first fully conforming) prototype TH180.  In addition, a third prototype is undergoing static tests and will be added to the flight test program shortly.  Enstrom’s flight testing to date has included handling and controllability surveys, load surveys, and continued systems development.  Upcoming tests include fully defining the performance envelope and the FAA mandated 100 hour ground run.

 

“We are very happy with how the aircraft is flying,” said Enstrom Senior Test Pilot Bill Taylor.  “There have been no real surprises.  In fact most of the issues we’ve run into have been with the test equipment, not the aircraft itself.  It’s really a good little helicopter.  We look forward to really accelerating this test program and getting the aircraft onto the market.”

 

Enstrom is currently anticipating FAA certification by the end of 2017, with EASA and Transport Canada validation to follow shortly after.  The helicopter will be powered by the new 210 hp Lycoming HIO-390-A1A  engine, and will be initially certified with Garmin avionics. Enstrom is targeting a sub-$400,000 price point and holds a number of Letters of Intent for the new helicopter.

Sharkey Deliveries

Enstrom Delivers F28F to Sharkey’s Helicopter
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 Menominee, Michigan; September, 2016 —Enstrom Helicopter Corporation celebrates our latest delivery to Sharkey’s Helicopters.  This beautiful F28F is the 3rd ship to be sold through Sharkey’s in the past 9 months.  Along with this aircraft he has also seen a delivery of a 480B and an F28F to other customers.

“We have seen the aviation market slowly starting to turn around.  The Enstrom is a great helicopter because of the cost and of course the safety record. “ said Roger Sharkey.

Roger Sharkey of Sharkey’s Helicopter was named the 2015 Dealer of the Year at this past Heli-Expo.  He has been part of the Enstrom family for over 35 years.