Enstrom Helicopters (Booth No. 8842) may not attract the attention of its higher-profile competitors in the civil rotorcraft segment, but the company has proven impressively resilient throughout its long history and many difficult times. Today, the Menominee, Mich.-based manufacturer has found success in overseas markets, a trend that newly named company president Tracy Biegler says began with delivery of the first of 18 turbine-powered 480B helicopters to the Indonesian National Police in 2004.
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Enstrom Helicopter unveiled a mockup of a new, low-cost, two-seat piston-powered trainer yesterday at Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, Calif. The TH-180 is a scaled-down version of the company’s three-seat FX-280.
Company officials said the TH-180 should have direct operating costs of $175 per hour and an hourly fuel burn of less than 12 gph. The launch price is $365,000. It will be powered by the 210-hp Lycoming HIO-390 and feature an engine governor and electric clutch switch. First flight is anticipated this summer and certification is targeted for 2015.
Enstrom Helicopter unveiled a mockup of a new, low-cost, two-seat, piston-powered trainer on the opening day of Heli-Expo 2014. The TH-180 is a scaled-down version of the company’s popular FX-280 three-seat model. Company officials said the TH-180 should post direct operating costs of $175 per hour and an hourly fuel burn of less than 12 gph. The launch price is $365,000. It will be powered by the 210-hp Lycoming HIO-390 and feature an engine governor and electric clutch switch. First flight is anticipated this summer and certification is targeted for 2015.
Effective Saturday, Tracy Biegler will be the new president and CEO at Menominee, Mich.-based Enstrom Helicopter. He will succeed Jerry Mullins, who is retiring after 10 years at the helm of the light helicopter manufacturer. Mullins will continue to work as a consultant to Enstrom until the end of this year. Biegler, a 26-year industry veteran, joined Enstrom 10 years ago and is currently serving as vice president. He said the change in leadership will support the continued growth at Enstrom initiated by Mullins.
Investment from its new owner, Chongqing (China) Helicopter Investment Corporation (CQHIC), is giving Enstrom Helicopter of Menominee, Michigan (Hall 3 Stand A93) a strong tailwind, which is showing results on several fronts.
Thanks to the help of its new Chinese owner, Enstrom Helicopter unveiled plans in April to develop a new helicopter and for a major plant expansion and upgrade of its Menominee, Mich. headquarters.
Enstrom Helicopter unveiled plans last week to develop a new helicopter, as well as a major plant expansion and upgrade of its Menominee, Mich. headquarters. Construction is set to begin next month on an $8 million, 70,000-sq-ft expansion. Enstrom was purchased late last year by Chongqing (China) Helicopter Investment. Over the last 18 months Enstrom has more than doubled its employment to 165 and plans to deliver 32 helicopters this year and 45 next year.
Enstrom Helicopter is displaying one of its 480B single-engine turbine helicopters at Heli-Expo with Garmin G1000H glass-panel avionics and is making the installation available to customers as an option. The move to G1000H avionics adds Enstrom to the growing list of helicopter manufacturers that have adopted glass cockpits.
Today at Heli-Expo, Enstrom Helicopter announced that it selected the Garmin G1000H integrated digital flight deck for its Rolls-Royce 250-powered 480B. The Garmin panel integrates all primary flight information, navigation data, communications, terrain awareness, traffic, weather, and engine parameters on two 10.4-inch displays. It also incorporates a large moving map and supports a wide array of safety enhancing features, including synthetic vision, helicopter Taws, datalink weather and traffic awareness and collision avoidance system, among others.
In just over a month, more than 20,000 rotorcraft enthusiasts will fill the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center for four days of networking, learning and, every business hopes, buying of services, parts, accessories and helicopters. While the exhibit halls open on a Tuesday this year (10:30 a.m. on March 5), early activities begin with professional education courses starting on February 28.
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