Tue, Mar 02, 2010
Acquires Prague-Based Company For Modifications, Upgrades
Bell Helicopter announced the acquisition of Aviation Service,
Monday. The Prague-based company provides modifications and
upgrades, avionics and special mission packages in the Czech
Republic, and reports annual revenues of about $14 million.
"Bell is committed to meeting the needs of our European
customers; this acquisition allows us to more rapidly provide
support and service to this important region," said John L.
Garrison, Bell president and CEO. "This facility provides us with
the capabilities to meet the maintenance and modernization needs of
Bell's current European fleet of aircraft, while providing a
foundation to accommodate future growth with local completion and
customizing capability for new aircraft deliveries."
"This central European location will further enhance our
industry-leading Customer Support and Service organization,
bringing the complete suite of Bell's support and service offerings
closer to our European customers," said Danny Maldonado, senior
vice president of Customer Support and Services and Chief Service
Officer. "Supporting the European fleet is a priority for Bell,
acquiring Aviation Service is one of the first steps to increase
Bell's rising presence in Europe."
As part of the new acquisition Bell expects to be able to
generate supplemental type certifications to meet customer
requirements, building on Aviation Service's EASA Part 21 Design
Organization and 145 Repair Station certifications.
Bell 429 Flight Test
Gordon Harveson, general manager Bell Europe and a long-time
leader at Bell, will take the helm of the new operation. Among his
recent accomplishments, Harveson managed the Bell Customer Supply
Center in Amsterdam, a facility he will once again have
responsibility for. "Building on the existing experience of
Aviation Service, the introduction of the 429 and the world class
supply capabilities at our Amsterdam facility, this acquisition
signals the commitment of Bell in the European market," said
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