Royal Thai Army gets three Enstrom helicopters
Aug. 2, 2011, Menominee, Mi. - Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has delivered the first 3, of a total of 16, 480B turbine training/utility helicopters to the Royal Thai Army.
By Carey Fredericks
The delivery took place at the Royal Thai Army air base in Lop Buri, Thailand, and was followed by an official acceptance ceremony, blessing, and aerial parade for the Royal Thai Army’s top generals.
Enstrom’s President and CEO, Jerry Mullins, traveled to Thailand for the first delivery. “We have been working to make this program a success for a number of years, and to finally see 480B’s flying in Thailand, in Royal Thai Army colors, with Royal Thai Army pilots is truly rewarding. The response we’ve received from the Royal Thai Army has been overwhelmingly positive. We certainly look forward to a long relationship with them.”
The 480B was selected in a competitive bidding process that included aircraft from 7 different major manufacturers for a program that includes 16 aircraft, spares, tooling, and training. Currently deliveries are on schedule, with the next group of 3 aircraft currently en route to Thailand.