RBI Hawker Australia has been appointed a Bell customer service facility in Australia, becoming the fifth Bell customer service facility in country. Based in Eagle Farm, Brisbane, RBI will provide advanced helicopter rotor blade repair on all Bell helicopter models and Leonardo AW139 and AW109 models. The company recently received Part 145 maintenance organisation approval from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for its new 1,000 sqm facility in Brisbane, which enables the company to commence operations.
RBI Hawker, a joint venture between Hawker Pacific Airservices, a Jet Aviation company and Bell, is a helicopter rotor blade repair and overhaul company with facilities in the Middle East and Australia serving both government and commercial helicopter operators.
“With our Part 145 approval from CASA and appointment as a Bell customer service facility, we are excited to provide greater access to high-quality rotary blade repair services for government and commercial helicopter operators in the region,” says Ian D'Arcy, VP of north east Asia for Jet Aviation. “We look forward to working closely with Bell to bring the same leading customer service and support that operators in the region have come to expect from Bell and Jet Aviation to the rotary blade repair segment.”
“Today's announcement demonstrates Bell and Jet Aviation's commitment to continually expanding service offerings in the region and contributing to Australian sovereign capability with advanced blade repair capabilities in country,” adds Chris Schaefer, director, international support and service, Bell. “Through our long and successful relationship with Jet Aviation on international helicopter aftermarket support, I am confident that RBI Hawker Australia will be successful in providing our Asia Pacific customers industry-leading rotary repair services.”