Over 50 years of experience. That's some serious flying hours.


Our story begins with the dream of one man and continues with loyal customers around the world.


Homebuilt Helicopter in 1957

A photo of Rudy Enstrom testing one of his homebuilt helicopters in a quarry in the Upper Peninsula town of Crystal Falls, Michigan. This shows his third attempt in the winter of 1957. An iron mine mechanic with little knowledge of helicopter design, Rudy was able to patent three designs that were initially used to design this aircraft.


Employees Test the Experimental F-27 in 1960Founder Rudy Enstrom, President Jack Christensen and Salesman Fred Hill try out N195D, a two-bladed experimental helicopter called the F-27. October 1960. Photo taken by Enstrom Engineer Al Ballauer.


Enstrom at Le Mans 24 Hour Race in France in 1967Enstrom reputation reaches France at the Le Mans 24-hour race, possibly the most famous motorsports race in the world.


280C HelicopterThe Enstrom 280C, FAA certified in 1975 and recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the 25 best designs of that year.


F28-F Cattle HerdingEnstrom introduces the F28F Falcon as the workhorse of the Enstrom fleet. This helicopter serves police forces, agricultural sprayers, training organizations, utility workers, private fliers and wildlife conservationists around the world. FAA Certified in 1980, the F28F has a long history as a safe, hard working, quality product.


480 HelicopterThe 480 series of Enstrom turbine helicopters were introduced upon FAA certification in November 1993. It quickly established itself as the best value-for-the-money aircraft in the light turbine class.


480-B Helicopter Over River
In 2004, Enstrom delivered 18 – 480B’s to the Indonesian National Police.


Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Helicopter
Enstrom delivers the first of 30 – 480B’s to the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force for pilot training.


Royal Thai Army HelicoptersEnstrom delivers 10 of the 10 480B helicopters to the Royal Thai Army to be used for advanced pilot training.

2012RTA Serial 5137

Enstrom completes the order for the Royal Thai Army by delivering 16 helicopters. Work begins on the Japan contract, with eight helicopters delivered by the end of the year.

The year ends with Enstrom being purchased by Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co., Ltd. (CQHIC). Orders are placed from three Chinese companies for ten aircraft.


Argentina 480B Oct 2013
Enstrom delivers the second ten helicopters to Japan to complete the requirements for 2013; a further ten aircraft are to be delivered in 2014. Argentina receives two, to be used as Emergency Medical Services vehicles. A contract is signed with Venezuela to deliver 16 training helicopters.

The company also undertakes an expansion project, doubling the size of its facility and increasing its workforce. The new space is scheduled for completion in early 2014.


480B-G Boswell in flight The expansion project is completed, and departments move into their new spaces with an eye toward efficiency and productivity.

The final two ships of the Japan contract are delivered, bringing a successful program to completion.

Development of the new trainer TH180 continues, after a well-received unveiling of a mockup at HAI.


Four 480Bs accepted in JapanThe final four ships of the Japan contract were accepted.


Enstrom delivers three helicopters to Sharkey’s Helicopters in nine months.


Enstrom announces the sale of piston powered 280FX helicopters to Pakistan.


Enstrom completed a successful acceptance of four piston 280FX helicopters to Global Services and Solutions of Pakistan.


Enstrom delivers our newest 280FX to the French training company, Golf Tango.

The company debuts improvements to the 280FX at the Heli-Expo.

Enstrom announces the sale of six turbine powered 480B aircraft to M-Landarch in Thailand.


Enstrom announces a multi-aircraft agreement with the Botswana Police-Air Support Branch.


Enstrom delivers two helicopters to the Peruvian Air Force.
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