14-Sep-2013 Source: Guimbal
Following an eight-month cycle of audits, the French OSAC (Organisme de Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile), on the behalf of the EASA, have awarded their Part145 agreement to Helicopteres Guimbal.
This new agreement complements their Part21-F and -G qualifications (Design Organization and Production Organization) and allows the manufacturer of the Cabri G2 helicopter to conduct maintenance and overhaul of their aircraft.
According to Bruno Guimbal, Helicopteres Guimbal president and CEO, “this new success is the result of our development as a manufacturer of certified and profitable helicopters. Our Part145 allows us to provide our customers with all the support and services they need to fly their helicopters many thousands of hours with the same high level of safety and profitability they had when they were new.
This agreement is timely because the first helicopters that we delivered two and three years ago are now reaching the 2200 flight hour milestone and only need an overhaul to their engine and their gearboxes to continue daily flight.”
In fact, the first two Cabri G2 delivered end of 2010 to Northern Helicopters, a flight school based in Jonkoping, Sweden, reached the 2200 hour mark this summer and were the first examples to undergo this overhaul. Following only a six-week interruption of service, and a visit to the factory (photo) the machines recommenced their daily operation in like new condition.
“Thanks to its low-cost maintenance and the remarkable infinite fatigue-life of all its components, including composite blades and fuselage, semi-articulated rotor, with no calendar limit, the Cabri G2 is proving itself the most economical trainer on the market. After generating in 2200 flight hours a revenue of approximately three times its purchase price, a Cabri G2 can be returned to as-new condition for around 25% of its cost, less than half the cost of an overhaul for its closest competitor” according to Bruno Guimbal. More than 50 Cabri G2 are flying in 18 countries and some of them now fly as much as 150 hrs per month, though average is 700 – 800 hrs per year.
To support its growing customer base and fast-increasing order book, Helicopteres Guimbal, now a 36-employee company, is hiring and training new personnel.