Kopter Group appoints Gualter Helicopteros as its sales representative and distributor in Brazil as the Swiss manufacturer begins to promote its single-engine SH09 helicopter in the country. The partnership between the two companies was signed on the first day of the LABACE 2019 exhibition, which is taking place in Sao Paolo, Brazil, from August 13 to 15, where Kopter is showcasing a full-scale mock-up of its SH09.
“With more than 30-year experience in the helicopter business and having introduced several helicopter models in the Brazilian market, Gualter Helicopteros is the right partner to ensure the success of the SH09 in Brazil,” said Christian Gras, executive VP with for Kopter. “The team has an impressive track record, having sold over 600 new and used helicopters on the Brazilian and South American markets.”
Brazil, which Kopter describes as holding the world’s third largest aircraft industry, currently has more than 1,800 helicopters in operation, including a high percentage of single-engine models. Kopter states the country represents a “unique opportunity” for its SH09 helicopter to replace aging fleets.
The SH09 mock-up at LABACE is in a seven-seat transport configuration (five passengers and two pilots) developed and installed by Metro Aviation. The mock-up also features the Garmin G3000H avionics suite for which Kopter is the launching customer. The G3000H will be integrated in the SH09 from the initial first delivery.
Kopter explains the large cabin of the SH09 offers the volume and flexibility typically seen on light-twin helicopters, which allows multiple interior layouts. The helicopter also features a five-blade main rotor, as well as a shrouded tail rotor. Kopter now has orders for 70 units for the SH09, in addition to 100 letters of intent.