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Sikorsky held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the relocation and expansion of its Brazil-based forward stocking location (FSL). The strategic decision positions Sikorsky products closer to operators and further bolsters customers’ fleet availability.
The new location in Barra da Tijuca, close to the Jacarepaguá airport, will house nearly seven times the amount of stocked inventory than at the previous Multiterminais location. The move positions the FSL and Sikorsky aircraft parts in close proximity to Brazilian operators including Líder Aviação, Omni Helicopters International and CHC Helicopter. Turnaround time for receiving parts is anticipated to improve from the current 24 hours to under two hours and will further reduce costs for Sikorsky operators.
Sikorsky also announced plans to add S-92 helicopter blade repair capability in Brazil.
Composite Technology do Brasil (CTB), a joint venture between Sikorsky-owned CTI and Líder Aviação, has been repairing S-76 rotor blades in Brazil since 1999. Within the next year, CTB will add S-92 blade repair capabilities, which will improve repair turnaround time and significantly reduce costs for S-92 operators in Brazil. Having the capability to perform the repairs in country eliminates taxes and fees associated with export and also removes at least 30 days of transit time from the overall repair schedule.
Eight Brazilian commercial operators currently fly 90 Sikorsky aircraft throughout the country. The Barra da Tijuca site is one of four Sikorsky FSLs positioned to provide close support for commercial customers. The other sites are in Perth, Australia; Aberdeen, Scotland; and Stavanger, Norway.