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Enstrom Helicopter Company is continuing to focus on product enhancements for its existing line of aircraft, as its new leadership group plans a “measured” ramp-up of the company’s rebooted production line.
At HAI Heli-Expo 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia, the company announced the availability of all-glass instrument panels for the 480B and 280FX and a new RPM governor for Enstrom piston helicopters.
The glass cockpit is built around a Garmin G500H TXi EFIS display, with a Howell digital engine instrument system, Garmin GTN 750 and 650 TXi, remote transponder and audio panel options, and new com radio options.
The RPM governor is designed to help pilots maintain rotor RPM using a digital controller and fast-acting servo motor to accurately control RPM.
Todd Tetzlaff, Enstrom’s new president, said the company recently sold two aircraft, and its sales team was “working diligently with many, many potential customers.”
The company is currently only producing the 480B, but will add the 280FX and F-28 next year.
“The updates that we’re working on here, engineering is working on these products [480B and 280FX] and what we’re going to enhance them with, but we’re also looking to the future,” said Tetzlaff. “These types of helicopters [480B and 280FX] will not be here for sale in 10 years. We are looking for the next step and we have aerospace expertise in house and . . . certainly looking for more to take us to the next level.”
In terms of a production ramp up, Tetzlaff said Enstrom’s facility had seen as many as 36 aircraft a year produced.
“We are ramping up in a measured manner right now, so that is not the production we’re anticipating or even our goal this year,” he said.
The target sector for Enstrom is primarily the training market, but Tetzlaff said the private/business aviation sector was also promising. He said the company is working on a crash resistant fuel system that it hopes to certify by the end of this year/early 2024.