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Enstrom Helicopter receives Production Certificate

December 14, 2022  By Helicopters Staff

Celebrating Enstrom’s new production certificate are (left to right): Retiring assigned PMI Gary Bockman; VP of Product Support and Quality Assurance Doug Smith; and assigned PMI, Rick Jantz. (Photo: Enstrom Helicopter)

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation based in Menominee, MI, received its FAA Production Certificate, which authorizes Enstrom to manufacture parts for all models in the recently restructured company’s portfolio.

“I am so proud of the team at Enstrom,” said Chuck Surack, Enstrom’s owner, who purchased the Michigan based helicopter manufacturer in May 2022. “To go from where we started to receiving a PC [Production Certificate] in only six months is just incredible. We are on pace to start delivering helicopters this spring and, in fact, the first new Enstroms are already coming down the line.”

Doug Smith, Enstrom’s VP of Quality Assurance, was on hand to receive the Production Certificate PC from Gary Bockman, FAA Senior Aviation Safety Inspector (SASI) at the Minneapolis MIDO. It was also a milestone moment for Bockman who is set to retire.

“This is really a testament to the relationship that Doug and Bill Taylor [Enstrom’s VP of Engineering] have with the FAA,” said Matt Francour, CEO, Enstrom. “It was a tremendous amount of work, but with their experience and knowledge we were able to get it completed in record time. We had been building parts for the last six months under our Type Certificate holder authorization, which allowed us to support our customers, but with the PC in hand now we can start approving parts under our normal processes, which will really speed things up.”



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