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Friday, August 15, 2014

Russian Helicopters Expands Service Centers with Brazilian Agreement

By Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief

Russian Helicopters has added a certified a Brazilian service center to its expanding network worldwide that also includes South Korea, Canada and Spain. Run by Helipark Taxi Aereo e Manutencao Aeronautica, Brazil, this move is aimed at assisting the expansion of the Ka-32 type in Latin American. 

Helipark has operated its own Ka-32A11BC since 2012. it is used primarily for external cargo sling loads and supporting construction in remote areas around the Amazon basin. The agreement will allow Helipark access to updated technical documents and Russian Helicopters will provide technical support to Brazilian maintainers working on Russian helicopters. This would include structural changes. 

 

Sergei Ostapenko, Russian Helicopters sales director for commercial helicopters (right), presents the certificate of Authorization to Helipark’s President João Velloso during the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE 2014).

“We are very happy and proud on becoming Russian Helicopters service center and we hope to give support not only to our helicopter but to others in the near future. Our Kamov Ka-32 is a great tool for several uses and unrivalled on its performance”, said João Velloso, Helipark’s President.

Sergei Ostapenko, Russian Helicopters sales director for commercial helicopters said that Latin America is a key export region for his company and that the move would have a “positive effect" on its promotion there.

In 2014 the organization is planning to open an Mi-8/Mi-17-1V service center in Egypt, followed in 2016 by an Mi-35M service center in Brazil and one for Mi-171Sh helicopters in Peru. In the same year Russian Helicopters aims to have completed a repair plant in India to service Mi-17V-5 helicopters.

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