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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Gama Aviation Expands Support for Corporate Operators

By Andrew Healey

Two years after moving into Fairoaks Airport – that green and pleasant field to the southwest of Heathrow Airport – the helicopter division of Gama Aviation (Stand E71) boasts a full set of approvals and a strategy to win over the corporate owner. According to Harry Lees, managing director, “with nine Sikorsky S-76s under our care we are already the largest service center for the type in the UK. We currently maintain a single AW139 and are actively targeting both those and its larger cousin, the AW169.”

Located a mere 10 minutes flight time from London’s Battersea Heliport, Fairoaks has always been a favorite for helicopter activity. The familiar Alan Mann Group is long-since gone but Gama Engineering, which took over most of the AM facilities and brought in a new management team, is now established as an EASA Part 145 maintenance facility and FAA-approved repair station. Among other approvals it holds military DAOS (with its civil equivalent Part 21J) Part M continuing airworthiness and Part 21G production.

 

Harry Lees. Photo courtesy of Gama Aviation

 

Regular Gama helicopter clients include Starspeed, Castle Air, TAG (at nearby Farnborough) and, through prime contractor FBHeliservices, the Army Air Corps at Middle Wallop.

Construction on a new 50,000-square-foot hangar was due to start at show-time, with completion scheduled for next summer.

Related: Corporate/VIP News

 

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