Monday, December 15, 2014
Airbus Helicopters Receives EASA Approval for Joint-Venture Training and Support in China
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has validated Airbus Helicopters China’s flight training and support services as part of the COHC (CITIC Offshore Helicopter Company) general aviation maintenance and engineering company (CGAMEC).
EASA has awarded Part 145 certification to the CGAMEC’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities in Shenzhen. This allows the overhaul of dynamic components, the repair of rotor blades, and non-destructive testing capabilities, enabling the company to handle the most in-depth maintenance on vital helicopter elements. With this approval, the main and tail rotor gearboxes on Airbus Helicopters’ AS350 Écureuil can now be overhauled in China to the manufacturer’s quality standard.
EASA has also qualified Airbus Helicopters China’s full-flight simulator in Beijing for the EC225 Super Puma. The simulator provides highly realistic training for pilots and instructors, featuring a motion system and high-resolution visual displays to represent the flight environment in various operational and weather conditions. This allows pilots to develop safe reactions to critical situations without putting themselves at risk.
Created in 2001, CGAMEC is a joint venture of Airbus Helicopters, CITIC Offshore Helicopter Company (COHC) and Samwell Aviation, Ltd. It became the first Sino-foreign joint venture in the general aviation/rotorcraft MRO sector, and is approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).