22-Dec-2010 Source: Brantly International
Representatives of Brantly International announced today that helicopter industry veteran Kyle B. Hardman has joined the company as its new president.
â€œWe are extremely pleased to have Mr. Hardman join Brantly International,â€ stated CHENG Shenzong, Chairman of the Qindao Brantly Investment Group, owners of Brantly International.
â€œHis depth of experience as a program leader and helicopter engineer will be invaluable in guiding our efforts to bring the Brantly B-2B light helicopter back into production.â€
â€œI canâ€™t begin to express my excitement about this opportunity and the gratitude for the trust they have shown in me to take this project forward,â€ Hardman said. â€œI guess you can say helicopters are in my blood. My father was with Bell for 36 years. I grew up across the street from the factory.â€
â€œPeople have forgotten what an incredible machine the Brantly B-2B is. At the height of its production, the company built one-half of the civilian helicopters manufactured in the U.S.,â€ he added. â€œBeing able to start the program with a proven design like the B-2B and improve it with todayâ€™s computer-aided design and manufacturing techniques is going to help us make a great helicopter even better.â€
Hardman stated that the company is currently in the process of selecting a location for its new factory and is looking at sites in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as well as in other states.
â€œAfter the building is completed, state-of-the-art production tooling and equipment will be installed and the training, production and re-certification process will begin with the FAA,â€ he said. â€œWith its mix of performance and low operating costs, I think the market is going to be very happy to see the B-2B back in production.â€
Prior to joining Brantly, Hardman was a Principal Engineer with Bell Helicopter Textron in Fort Worth, Texas. Before that he was Lead Engineer Senior with Vought Aircraft.
Hardman is an aircraft owner with single- and multi-engine land, seaplane and glider ratings. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree.
About Brantly International
Headquartered in Coppell, Texas, Brantly International, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Qindao Brantly Investment Group. Brantly International manufacturers the FAA certified B-2B and 305 light helicopters. Designed by Newby O. Brantly the B-2B is an all-metal, two-place helicopter. One of the unique features of the B-2B is a hinged 3-blade main rotor to reduce cabin vibration and noise.