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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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Ensuring the future for Russian-built helicopters


Having grown 3.5 times since 2004, rotorcraft industry is one of the few ones in Russia to show steady development rates. However, while this growth still relies heavily on sales of military products, the global demand seems to be taking a shift towards more commercial helicopter utilization.

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Popularity of Russian-built helicopters raises demand for appropriate MRO support


During the last few years light Western-built rotorcraft have significantly increased in popularity in Russia. At the same time, in the beginning of 2014 the Russian Helicopters’ order portfolio listed 808 machines at a cost of almost $12 billion. This indicates a stable demand for Russian-made helicopters among the regional operators and foreign providers. However, the increasing production rates of the local players are putting additional pressure on the MRO market.

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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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