Canada's Vector Aerospace announced at this week's HAI HeliExpo '99 that it will acquire the Helipro Group of Companies.
Vector has three other operating divisions providing aviation repair and overhaul services to civilian and military helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft operators. Two of the divisions are in Canada and one is in England.
Helipro is a Sikorsky and Bell service center, based in the Northwestern U.S. with facilities in three regional centers in the U.S. and one in Canada. The company will open its first east coast facility this spring near New York City.
The company will now become Vector's center for helicopter structures, providing all of Vector's helicopter structural, maintenance, avionics and rotor blade repairs.
Helipro's expertise in engine and component overhaul and repair will be integrated with Vector's ACRO Aerospace division in Western Canada. Vector says this will provide customers with access to a greater range of services, including a larger inventory of parts, rotables and exchange units, plus an increased capability for reworks.
Helipro showed off its Offshore S-61 Short, an extensively modified Sikorsky S-61N model, at HAI HeliExpo '99. The company claims this helicopter has greater range and more payload capability than the S-61N and less purchase and operating cost than the Eurocopter EC 332L Super Puma. Vector's ACRO division also participated in the modifications as a supplier to Helipro.
With the Helipro acquisition, Vector's staff count grows to almost 1,000 personnel.