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Enstrom Delivers F28F to Sharkey’s Helicopter

 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.


TH180 Fall Update

Continuing Development of the Enstrom TH180

Menominee, MI, October 2016—Enstrom Helicopter Corporation continues its flight test program on the second TH180 helicopter Flight Test Vehicle.  Several test plans have been submitted to the FAA, the FAA has been providing excellent support  and various tests are being completed.  The program is back on track after the delay caused by the accident with FTV 1.  “Thus far, the TH-180 is meeting and exceeding our expectations” said Bill Taylor, Senior Test Pilot, and Co-Program Manager. The first static test was successfully completed on September 20th. “We have just crossed another milestone with recent test completions.  We are on our way!”

Construction is nearly complete on a third FTV which will be a fully conforming prototype.  This aircraft will begin flight test in the last quarter of this year with certification anticipated in 2017.

A certification meeting was held with the FAA in September and a familiarization meeting is scheduled with EASA in October to initiate the EU certification process as the flight test program moves forward.  “We are very encouraged by the cooperative efforts with the airworthiness authorities and look forward to completing certification flight testing by mid-2017” said Orlando Alaniz, Director of Sales & Marketing & Co-Program Manager.

Training future pilots is a high priority and we are developing and building a training helicopter to meet the rigorous training demands of global helicopter markets.

M.A.R.C. 1 Robotics



I would like to introduce the Enstrom sponsored Robotics team from Menominee high School. F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by Dean Kamen (former owner of Enstrom) in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. The robotics competition made up of High school-aged teams competing head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed.

This is Menominee High School’s first year of competition and are headed for great things. They just recently competed in their first regional competition in Escanaba and placed 23rd out of 40 teams. Their overall offensive power rating had them ranked 12th. Very impressive for a first year team.

Their next competition was held at Lake Superior State University March 31st through April 2nd. Their overall placement after elimination rounds was 31st out of 42 teams.  In offensive power rating they were 10th of 42 teams. They also did well enough to be selected by the 5th place team to be part of their alliance for the semifinals. Their alliance won the first match and lost the second and was eliminated at that point.  This is an improvement over their last match and again impressive for a first year team. They are learning a lot.

The team is made up of students and volunteer mentors. The team members are: Austin DeGayner, Alec Bailey, Kaitlyn Black, Steven Marcusen, Sam MacArthur, Riley Richter, Kylie Zorn, Justin Kaster, Bryce Andre, and Kurt Paris. Team Leader: Sarah Betzinger. Volunteer Team Mentors: Shane Betzinger, Devin Overstreet, and Matt Walrath. Volunteer Robot Inspector for the Escanaba Competition: Don Cugini


Written by Don Cugini