Citic Offshore Helicopter Co. (COHC) has obtained a renewal of its status as a Turbomeca certified maintenance center for operators in China. The engine manufacturer has a total of 20 support personnel in China and plans to base a field rep in Shenzhen starting in September.
The agreement, announced during the Paris Air Show, builds off COHC’s initial entry into Turbomeca’s global support network in 2011. The operator’s all-Eurocopter helicopter fleet consists of 12 EC155s that receive power from Arriell 2C and 2C1 engines, eight AS332 Super Pumas (from Makila 1A1s), two EC225s (Makila 2As) and a pair of AS350s (Arriel 2B1s).
Turbomeca also revealed plans at Paris to conduct a test phase of its BOOST (bank of online service and technologies and services) program. Advanced Helicopters, CHC, Helicopters Italia, Helijet, Heli-Union and Milestone Aviation Group will participate in the trial run during the second half of 2013, including access to web-based technical publications (web-IETP), the electronic logbook, alerts and configuration modules. Turbomeca intends to launch Boost in 2014.
Bruno Even, executive vice president of operations for Turbomeca, introduces Boost at Heli-Expo 2012. The engine OEM is targeting 2014 for the official launch of the online suite of services for operators. Photo by Andrew Parker