The merging of glass cockpit technology to legacy Enstrom (Booth No. 8822) helicopters moved closer to reality this week, with Aspen STC announcing the completion of flight testing toward FAA supplemental type certificate approval to install the Aspen Avionics Evolution EFD1000H primary flight display (PFD) and EFD500H/1000H multifunction display (MFD) on current and future Enstrom models.
Enstrom Helicopter (Booth No. 4800) recently signed the Zuhai Business Aviation Center as its authorized dealer in China. Located in Guandong Province, Zuhai will sell, service and operate Entroms along with their fixed-wing businessZuhai has ordered one 480B turbine single and a 280FX piston helicopter to serve as demonstrators. The helicopters will be delivered soon. Enstrom first sold helicopters into China in the 1990s, delivering a trio of Model 480s for powerline patrol and agricultural spraying and two Model 280FX helicopters for police duty.
With the recent sale of a 480B turbine single to Wuhan Helicopters, Enstrom has returned to the Chinese market. It was in the early 1990s that the Menominee, Mich.-based manufacturer first sold helicopters into China when Wuhan Helicopters imported some of the first civil certified helicopters–Enstrom 280FXs used by the Wuhan Police and Enstrom 480s for agricultural spraying.
The Japanese Ground Self Defense Force has selected the Enstrom 480B turbine single as its next-generation training helicopter and is scheduled to take 30 of the aircraft between now and 2014.
Enstrom Helicopter recently delivered the first five-place 480B destined for Turkey to Istanbul-based Enstrom dealer Kaan Air. Enstrom handed over the turbine-powered helicopter–which features Garmin avionics, a leather interior and a photo door–to Kaan Air Capt. Muzaffer Atici at its factory in Menominee, Mich.
Enstrom Helicopters has placed all its Service Bulletins and Service Information Letters on the customer-support page of the company Web site. Historically manual updates for all the company’s helicopter models are provided to owners at no charge for the life of the aircraft. The company is now planning to make technical manuals and revisions available on an FTP site for free downloading.
The Republic of Georgia’s “Airclub of Georgia” has taken delivery of a searchlight-equipped Enstrom 280FX for police surveillance missions. The police force wants to broaden its airborne presence and may acquire a whole fleet of Enstroms to serve throughout the southeastern European country.
Enstrom has also received an order for a 480B turbine helicopter from Slovenia, for use as a private business aircraft.