Leonardo’s new Gulf of Mexico Helicopter Support Center has gained Part 145 repair station approval from the U.S. FAA. The 21,000-sq-ft facility in Broussard, Louisiana, opened in January and initially was limited to providing customers with spares and support. Part 145 authorization allows it to provide full helicopter blade repair, spare parts, and technical support to customers across the Americas for all AW109, AW119, and AW139 models.
According to Leonardo, the Gulf of Mexico Support Center is part of its commitment to expand material and technical assistance across the Americas and aligns with its industrial plan aimed at strengthening the level of service worldwide. Leonardo’s North American fleet has doubled in the last 10 years and demand for Leonardo helicopters in Latin America has grown to include both established and popular models, as well as all news types for VIP/corporate, offshore and public services, the company noted. More than 700 Leonardo helicopters are in service across the Americas.
Additional Leonardo Helicopter Support Centers in the Americas are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Las Vegas; and São Paulo, Brazil.