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Enstrom Helicopters Meeting The Helicopter Demand Worldwide

Enstrom helicoptershave always struck me as the ugly duckling of the helicopter world.  But I have always liked the rugged simplistic look of the Enstrom as well, and who doesn't like an ugly duckling story anyway? 

It really makes you think that upon initial design the engineers said "screw esthetics, let's build a helicopter that will get the job done."  More and more helicopter purchasers around the world must be thinking along the same lines.  I recently received a couple of photos and press releases from Jackie Kamps at Enstrom Helicopter Corporation.

Enstrom 480B Turbine Helicopters bound for The Royal Thai Army.

Enstrom Helicopter Corp. Begins Royal Thai Army Aircraft Production

Menominee MI, March 3, 2011 – Enstrom Helicopter Corporation would like to announce that the first three, of a contracted sixteen, 480B advanced turbine training helicopters for the Royal Thai Army have been completed at the Enstrom factory.  The aircraft have been equipped with a number of advanced features, including NVG compatible cockpits, Chelton EFIS systems, and dual Wulfsberg RT-5000 tactical radio systems.

“These represent some of the most advanced aircraft we have built to date,” commented Enstrom’s Director of Engineering, Bill Taylor.  “That we were able to get them engineered and into production so quickly is a testament to our team in Menominee, and our support from the FAA’s Chicago Aircraft Certification Office.  The Royal Thai Army is going to have some very capable helicopters.”

The First Enstrom 480B on patrol with the Japan Self Defense Force.

Enstrom Delivers First Helicopter to JGSDF

Sendai, Japan, February 25, 2011 – Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has delivered the first of a planned 30 TH-480B turbine training helicopters to the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force.  The stunning blue and gold helicopter was handed over to JGSDF pilots at Enstrom’s Service Center in Japan, JAMCO, during an elaborate handover ceremony attended by JGSDF officials and the Japanese Ministry of Defense. 

“This is a great day for Enstrom,” said Enstrom Helicopter Corp. President and CEO, Jerry Mullins, who attended the ceremony.  “The 480B was originally designed as a training helicopter.  To be chosen by a highly regarded organization, such as the JGSDF, is verification of what we started out to do with the aircraft.  This is the beginning of a long relationship with the JGSDF and we couldn’t be more excited.”

For Mitsuo Hattori of Aero Facility Co. Ltd, Enstrom’s representative in Japan, it has been a long road up to this point.  “Since we won the program 12 months ago, it’s been an exciting year.  Aero Facility has expanded in size and contracted with Japan’s premier maintenance organization, JAMCO, to support the JGSDF.   Now that the infrastructure is in place, and the first aircraft is delivered, we can look forward the next 29.”

As JGSDF pilot Hiromichi Irifune departed Sendai airport in the TH-480B, with a Kawasaki OH-1 attack helicopter in tow, Mullins commented, “There’s no doubt the 480B has been recognized as a great training helicopter.  The pilots really like the helicopter and that’s the most important thing.”

There are a handfull of law enforcement agencies in the U.S. who fly Enstrom helicopters, including the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana. 

Enstrom Helicopters Wins Royal Thai Army Contract

There are a number of law enforcement agencies around the country who operate Enstrom Helicopters.  So while this press release is regarding a military contract, I thought it would be informative for anyone who wanted to know a little more about Enstrom Helicopters.

Enstrom 480 Turbine Powered Helicopter

Menominee MI, February 15, 2010 – Enstrom Helicopter Corporation would like to announce that they will be providing16 480B advanced turbine training helicopters for the Royal Thai Army.  The 480B was selected in a competitive bidding process that included aircraft from 7 different major manufacturers.  In October Enstrom hosted a delegation of officials from the Royal Thai Army led by Major General Pittaya Krachangwong, who came to Menominee to inspect Enstrom’s manufacturing facilities and fly the different models of Enstrom helicopters.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with the Royal Thai Army,” said Jerry Mullins, Enstrom’s President and CEO.  “The 480B turbine helicopter was originally designed for military instruction, and although it has had great success in the commercial market, it’s nice to see it being recognized as a great training ship as well.  The Royal Thai Army’s visit has given them the confidence to go forward with Enstrom, now and in the future.” 

Along with General Pittaya, 3 other experienced Royal Thai Army pilots flew the Enstrom 480B and piston powered F28F.  “The said it was almost too easy to fly,” commented David Blake of Blake & DeJong Ltd., Enstrom’s Managing Representative in Asia.  “None of them have ever flown the 480B before, but they were able to take the controls and immediately felt comfortable enough to fly a number of maneuvers.   This will be a great training helicopter for the Royal Thai Army.”

Beyond just training, the Royal Thai Army intends to use their new 480B’s for a number of missions.  “Avionics-wise, these new 480B’s are going to be some of more advanced aircraft in the Royal Thai Army’s inventory,” said Enstrom’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Tracy Biegler.  “When we explained to the Royal Thai Army firsthand some of the features and capabilities of the EFIS system and the tactical radios, it really opened their eyes.  These aircraft will have the ability to do a lot more than just training, such as search and rescue, surveillance, and disaster relief.  The Royal Thai Army is definitely going to utilize the flexibility built into the 480B design.”

Enstrom is represented in Asia by Blake & DeJong Ltd., and in Thailand by M-Landarch Inc.  For more information on Blake & DeJong Ltd., please contact dblake@attglobal.net.  For more information on M-Landarch Inc, please visit www.m-landarch.com.

Founded in 1959, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation manufactures a complete line of helicopters. The three-seat, piston-powered F28F and 280FX are popular training, sport, and light commercial aircraft. The larger turbine-powered 480B is available as a three-place advanced trainer and patrol aircraft, or as a three to five place executive transport. For law enforcement applications Enstrom produces a specialized variant of the 480B, known as the Guardian, and the F28F, called the Sentinel. Enstrom can be found on the Internet at www.enstromhelicopter.com.