Enstrom, March 04, 2015 - Menominee, Michigan — Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is pleased to announce that the final 4 Enstrom 480B turbine training helicopters were accepted by the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force.
The aircraft were delivered by Aero Facility Co Ltd, Enstrom’s authorized sales representative in Japan.
The 480B was originally selected by the JGSDF in 2010 to replace their fleet of legacy training helicopters.
As part of the phased delivery program, a total of 30 helicopters were delivered over 5 years on time and on budget. The 480B’s are used for ab-initio training of all future JGSDF pilots.
“This is a great milestone for Enstrom and it could not have been accomplished without the excellent team of people that work here, at HSI in Janesville, WI, David Blake of Blake & DeJong,and at Aero Facilities in Japan,” said Enstrom President and CEO, Mr. Tracy Biegler. The program is largest in Enstrom company history, and helped establish the 480B as one of the premier military training helicopters on the market today.
Enstrom is represented in Asia by Blake & DeJong Ltd., and in Japan by Aero Facility Co. Ltd. Service support for the JGSDF program is provided by JAMCO Corporation in Japan.
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation designs and builds light, single engine helicopters, both piston and turbine, for personal, commercial, and government use. Located in Menominee, Michigan, the company has been manufacturing helicopters for more than 50 years. Enstrom is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chongqing General Aviation Industry Group Co., Ltd. (CGAG).