Federal officials reportedly are investigating how the holder of the FH1100 type certificate refurbished and repaired helicopters and advertised its services.
Investigators went to the offices of Van Nevel Helicopters and its affiliates in Century, Fla. Jan. 9, according to the local Web site northescambia.com, and took records of the business and its owner, Georges Van Nevel. Rotor & Wing was unable to reach Van Nevel. Numerous calls to the company were not returned.
Van Nevel runs FH1100 Manufacturing Corp., which bought the FH1100 type certificate in 1999, and the adjacent Van Nevel Helicopters Academy, which offers an all-turbine course using FH1100s. He also owns Helicopter Technologies, a repair station, according to northescambia.com.
Van Nevel has been remanufacturing and building new Rolls-Royce 250-C20B-powered FH1100s and told R&W in 2007 that he was looking to deliver the first newly made FH1100, redesignated the VN1100, to a customer this year. He also has been working on building enrollment in the academy.
Northescambia.com said Helicopter Technologies, which supported Van Nevel’s manufacturing efforts, voluntarily surrendered its repair station certificate in August 2007.