Keystone Helicopter

By Staff Writer | January 1, 2005

A Growing Force in Rotorcraft Services

Keystone Helicopter has spent 50-plus years building a world-class reputation in rotorcraft services. Based in West Chester, Pa., the company employs nearly 500 people at locations throughout the Northeastern U.S. Keystone Helicopter provides MRO and green completions at The Heliplex, the company's new, state-of-the-art technical services depot in Coatesville, Pa. It also operates a large fleet of turbine helicopters at air medical locations throughout the eastern U.S. In addition to major hospital systems, its other customers include flight departments of Fortune 100 companies, state and local governments, and federal agencies.

Premier Full-Service Center: Keystone Helicopter's MRO and completions work is factory-authorized by Bell, Eurocopter, MD Helicopter and Sikorsky. The company is also an authorized dealer for virtually every major avionics manufacturer. As an FAA- and JAA-certified repair station (EGRR5263), Keystone Helicopter provides complete rotorcraft services, including airframe maintenance, avionics integration and installation, component repair and overhaul, engineering, custom fabrication, machining, paint and refinishing, green completions and complete interior refurbishments.


Keystone Helicopter's long-standing relationships with OEMs demonstrate not only its value as a strategic partner, but also the fact that its work complies with the highest technical standards. This company has built its technical and customer service staffs around industry veterans, supporting their work with continuing investments in training and education.

Comprehensive Engineering: KeyTech, Keystone Helicopter's engineering division, provides comprehensive support for rotorcraft owners and operators. As one of only 31 FAA Designated Alteration Stations (DAS) worldwide, it can issue STCs under the auspices of the FAA, enhancing our ability to provide timely support. The Keytech staff issued 50 STCs in 2004, working in structures, avionics, design engineering, systems, software and flight testing. Overall, KeyTech offers a wide range of resources for certification, including STC, TSO, PMA and FAA/DER-approved data for 337s.

Leading Air Medical Op: Keystone Helicopter's Flight Services Division operates at 27 sites in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Maine, providing pilots, mechanics and 24/7 flight support for 33 twin-turbine helicopters. The HAI has awarded its Operation Safety Award to the Flight Services Division every year since 1975; the division is also a member of its prestigious Platinum Safety Program. The Flight Services Division has also received the FAA Diamond Award Certificate of Excellence, the 11th consecutive year that Keystone Helicopter has received FAA certificates and a significant return on its investment in training.

Focus on Quality, Service, Value: "As part of Keystone Ranger Holdings, we have the capital and technical resources to build on our record of excellence," says Keystone Helicopter President David Ford. "Moving forward, we intend to build on a distinguished record of customer satisfaction, driven by the belief that excellent work can be done at an accelerated operational tempo. If you want a helicopter services provider with a single-minded approach to quality, service and value, call Keystone Helicopter."

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