Russian Helicopters and Denel Aviation have opened an MRO facility in Johannesburg, South Africa. The service center launched in late March as a result of a partnership agreement executed in Sep 2012 between Denel Aviation of South Africa and Russian Helicopters' parent company, Oboronprom. Under the agreement, Denel Aviation will offer maintenance services for civilian helicopters manufactured by Russian Helicopters. There are approximately 600 Russian-built helicopters in Africa, mostly MI8/17 series and KA32s.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services has opened its first spare parts warehouse in Brazil to support commercial S76 and S92 operators. The facility is located in Rio de Janeiro RJ, where more than 80% of Sikorsky helicopters are concentrated. Powerpack, Sikorsky's longstanding Brazilian representative, will manage inventory operations through the country's special customs system known as Depósito Especial (DE). According to Sikorsky, the company can maintain a spare parts inventory in Brazil using the DE system, reducing the time required for the in-depth customs inspections and clearance issues faced on standard shipments from the US. Staffed by OEM-trained personnel, Powerpack will provide storage and logistics services at the warehouse. Inventory stock will include spare parts as well as ground support and test equipment.
Sikorsky Aircraft Group has entered into an agreement with Indonesia's Travira Air to purchase 2 S76D helicopters. Travira Air currently has a fleet of 8 S76s, although the latest addition represents the launch of the S76D to the Southeast Asian market. The company has been operating S76s for 30 years and will be using the S76D to expand its offshore oil business.
Erickson Air-Crane has announced a stock purchase agreement to acquire Evergreen Helicopters (EHI). McMinnville OR-based EHI is a provider of air transport services for cargo and personnel to government and commercial customers and was founded by aviation pioneer Del Smith. According to the announcement, the acquisition will double the size of Erickson's fleet, adding 64 aircraft consisting of both helicopters and fixed-wing airplanes. The deal is scheduled to close in 2Q2013 and is reportedly worth $250 million.