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News > American Eurocopter celebrates first U.S. overhaul of EC135 main gear box

American Eurocopter celebrates first U.S. overhaul of EC135 main gear box

May 14, 2009

Grand Prairie, Texas – At an event held today in its Dynamic Component Repair (DCR) facility, American Eurocopter celebrated the completion of the first overhaul of a main gear box for an EC135 helicopter. Employees and executives from all over the company joined the DCR team for this important milestone.

Airbus celebrates first U.S overhaulAmerican Eurocopter received approval to repair and overhaul EC135 main gear boxes at the beginning of April, and now offers local repair and overhaul services for all EC135 dynamic components. With this first completion, these high quality services are now available to U.S. customers with a reduced around turn time.

“This completion reflects our commitment to providing overhaul and repair solutions for our EC135 customers,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “Our company focus is to provide services here in the United States that meets the demands of all our customers, and we will continue to enhance our services as their needs evolve.”

In the United States, there are over 200 EC135 that will benefit from the same high-quality, certified overhaul and repair services they have received from the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) ZF Luftfahrttechnik in Germany.

The preparation to add EC135 repairs and overhauls to the Dynamic Component Repair facility at American Eurocopter was quite extensive. It included the certification of American Eurocopter staff, and the acquisition of initial inventory and tooling. One of the major achievements was the modification of the company’s multi-purpose test bench. In addition to the test bench’s existing capabilities for BO105, BK117, AS365, EC120 and EC145 main gear boxes, the scope has been enlarged to include the EC135 main gear box.

Customers who are interested in dynamic component repair, overhaul or exchange - or if you would like additional information - contact American Eurocopter’s Supply Services Group at (800) 873-0001.

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is a subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and the company markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter's headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS and its West Coast Regional Support Facility in Long Beach, CA.

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