February 22, 2010
By Thomas A. Horne
Enstrom Helicopter Corp. of Menominee, Mich., is seeing its fortunes make a turnaround.
In December 2009, the Royal Thai Army ordered 16 Enstrom 480Bs—single-engine helicopters that Thailand will use as trainers. Deliveries are set for 2010 and 2011. Then Japan ordered 30 more 480Bs for the same purpose. Furthermore, Enstrom President Jerry Mullins said that the Peruvian Army will take delivery of two F28F trainers in the first quarter of 2010.
That’s quite a change from the five helicopters the company delivered in 2009.
Enstrom manufactures the $995,900 480B, which is powered by a single, 420-shp Rolls Royce 250-C20W engine; the $422,000 piston-powered 280FX Shark, which is powered by a turbocharged 225-hp Lycoming HIO-360 engine; and the similarly priced F28F, which also has the same Lycoming HIO-360.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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