The expansion represents a sizeable development for the company, which previously specialized in the provision of MRO services to fixed-wing aircraft such as airliners and private jets.
The company says that the expansion is a ‘natural step’ in ensuring the company’s future relevance, with CEO David H Davies stating: “Our expansion into these sectors positions us well for the future, including our ability to serve even newer emerging technologies such as electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. We are fully staffed and equipped to service any private aircraft that can fly, from fixed-wing aircraft such as business jets to helicopters, drones and other rotorcraft.”
“The aviation industry is evolving quickly, with new systems coming to the fore, especially in vertical flight and unmanned systems,” Davies added. “We want to be positioned as the leader in servicing these newer forms of flight and have been expanding our capabilities to offer them the same levels of skill, speed and quality that we have long provided to business jets and other fixed-wing aircraft.”
Constant Aviation says that it has been dedicating more resources in recent years towards developing its MRO capabilities with rotorcraft, ‘including adding even more FAA-authorized capabilities to its repair station certificates’ to accommodate for aircraft ‘not aligned with standard repair station capabilities and issued ratings’.
The company notes that it renewed its partnership with drone maintenance service marketplace Robotic Skies in 2021, as well as a recent contract to refurbish the interiors of a fleet of Sikorsky S-76 helicopters flown by Flexjet.
In Louisiana, Petroleum Helicopters International announced the opening of a new MRO facility in Lafayette in March 2022, alongside plans to offer its MRO services to external clients.