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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Enstrom Grows in International Markets

By Douglas Nelms from Dubai Helishow 2012

Enstom Helicopter continues to expand its global market presence with two 480B turbines going into the Port of Rosario, Argentina. Dennis Martin, international sales/program manger, told Rotor & Wing at the 2012 Dubai Helishow on Tuesday that any injuries at the port currently require a trip of over two hours to the nearest hospital. The 480B is currently being certified to carry a six-foot litter allowing injured dock workers to receive hospital transport within a matter of minutes. More than 12,000 trucks serve the port each, he said.

The Menominee, Mich.-based company—which is making its first appearance at the Dubai Helishow this week—is also planning to ship 10 helicopters to China, with two going by the end of the year and eight scheduled for shipping next year, Martin noted. The order includes six turbine-powered 480Bs and four piston 280FXs. These are going to three different flying clubs throughout China, he said. The Chinese market is expected to expand over the next five years as the infrastructure improves and restrictions continue to be lifted allowing airspace to open up. Right now there are no airports to land at, Martin said, but the growth of flying clubs will allow members to fly from club to club. He noted that Enstrom was the first U.S. helicopter manufacturer to enter China, delivering helicopters back in the mid-1990s.

Enstrom also announced plans to open a dealership in Russia early next year, following “positive results” of its visit to HeliRussia earlier this year. Martin said that they currently market through Rotor Ukraine, but will open its dealership working with Rotor Vostok.

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