By S.L. Fuller | February 21, 2018
Kopter Group, formerly Marenco Swisshelicopter, has received EASA design organization approval. Described as a “major milestone,” this approval makes Kopter’s SH09 eligible for a type certification.
“We are extremely satisfied to receive this certificate, which acknowledges all the work we’ve done in building a well performing team and organization,” said Andreas Loewenstein, CEO of Kopter. “We thank EASA for their trust and strong support in reaching this key step and look forward to pursuing our close cooperation on our way to certify our new turbine engine helicopter.”
This approval confirms Kopter as a duly recognized design organization. According to the company, Kopter is the first helicopter manufacturer in this category to be granted this type of approval since EASA was established in 2002.
“[The certificate] demonstrates that Kopter fulfills the highest European aviation standards and possesses the capability, facilities, manpower, resources and quality assurance systems to design, produce and support the SH09 helicopter, which is already on its way to certification,” said Trevor Woods, EASA certification director.
Marenco Swisshelicopter rebranded to Kopter Feb. 1 with an unveiling at its new headquarters in Wetzikon, Switzerland. During the event, Loewenstein indicated to reporters the company would have further announcements during Helicopter Association Internaitonal’s Heli-Expo, occurring next week in Las Vegas. Announcements could pertain to pilot training, he hinted. Or, it could concern new Kopter locations, as the company announced last week a new SVP of U.S. business development. Larry D. Roberts, formerly of Eurocopter and Bell Helicopter, is based in Dallas.