Bell Textron Inc. confirmed that it has appointed Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services (KAMS), based in Kjeller, Norway, as its new Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC).
KAMS has been appointed to provide maintenance to a fleet of 18 Bell 412 helicopters currently operated by the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF).
The new appointment builds on KAMS existing relationship with the air force, having previously performed regular depot-level maintenance, modifications, upgrades, and phase inspections for the RNoAF’s fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft. The company is also reportedly expanding its scope to include other fixed wing platforms such as C-130 Hercules and P-8 Poseidon aircraft.
KAMS joins Bell’s stable of 12 AMCs worldwide as part of the company’s ‘commitment to enhance local support’, of which five are located in Europe. In Norway, Bell also works with Stavanger-based Customer Service Facility Heli-One, which provides maintenance and components overhaul services for Bell 412 aircraft.
“This an important milestone for Bell in Norway. With the opening of the Bell 525 Experience Center at the Stavanger Airport earlier last month and the new AMC, Bell is making an impact in the region,” said Ole Petter Bakken, CEO of the Norwegian Aviation Defense Group and Bell Independent Representative.