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Helicopter demand in the emerging markets: meeting the challenges


According to a recent study carried out by Honeywell, the demand for commercial and military helicopters worldwide continues to grow, especially in the developing regions. For instance, more than a third (36%) of Latin American operators had plans to expand their rotorcraft fleets in 2014, closely followed by Asia (29%) and the Middle East/Africa (23%).

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Keeping helicopters aloft


Lithuania-based Helisota (Hangar I, Stand B16) is a long-established provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for rotorcraft. The company is an EASA Part 145 and Part 147 organisation as well as an authorised Mil Helicopters and Robinson R44 service centre, supporting various government and private rotorcraft operators from 25 countries worldwide.

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Russian rotorcraft fleet development to shift demand for MRO support


The current civil rotorcraft fleet in Russia is mostly comprised of locally-made machines which account for 76% of all the registered helicopters in the region. Most of them are different modifications of the Mi-8s. Almost 1200 machines of the type were operated in the region in 2013. Still, according to various statistical data, during the last five years the Russian rotorcraft park has increased by 355 units, 287 of which are Western-made. Such substantial growth of the foreign helicopter fleet in the country inevitably implies changes in the comprehensive support system, especially as concerns the demand for appropriate equipment and maintenance services.

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Helisota will support the Mi-17 fleet of the Latvian Armed Forces


Helisota, an international provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul services for rotorcraft aviation, is further expanding its cooperation with European governmental operators by signing a Mi-17 technical support agreement with the Latvian National Armed Forces. The three years long agreement follows a successful conclusion of a tender announced by the Government of the Republic of Latvia in 2012.

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