Maintenance Skills Gap Looms in Latin America

By Staff Writer | October 23, 2015

South America currently lacks the trained maintenance infrastructure necessary to support the “preposterous growth” of its helicopter industry, according to international MRO provider Helisota. AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters both plan to establish maintenance bases with training centers in Latin America, Helisota said on Oct. 22, but the company predicted that the demand for training in that region would exceed the supply of instruction. “The solution must come quick, as over a third of the existing labor force in the field is aged 50 years or more and will retire in the nearest future,” said Anatolij Legenzov, CEO of Helisota. “And with 45% of operators forecasting to increase their use of helicopters this year alone, the region’s workforce will inevitably fail to keep up.”

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