Russian CAA approves NHV maintenance facility

NHV and its Russian partner HELIATICA obtain validation of NHV MRO center by local aviation authority and start business in Russia

NHV and its Russian commercialization partner HELIATICA successfully obtained approval from the Russian Federal Aviation Agency (RFAA) for NHV’s maintenance facility in Ostend. This opens the door to the Russian market for NHV who already secured a first maintenance project for a Russian executive customer – 6-year inspection on Airbus Helicopters H155.
NHV became the first foreign maintenance provider ever to pass through the validation process under the new Russian regulation, Federal Aviation Rules 285 (FAP-285) which entered into force at the end of 2015. The new rules were introduced by RFAA in order to harmonize Russian regulation with EASA and FAA rules and NHV was the first maintenance provider to successfully get through the transition period from previous standards FAP-145 to the new FAP-285 rules.
Earlier in 2015 HELIATICA was appointed as NHV’s local partner to market and sell NHV’s maintenance and training services in Russia. “HELIATICA has applied for validation of NHV’s training center”, - comments Tatyana DUSHENKOVA, the general director of HELIATICA. – “We strongly believe in our partnership with NHV whose experience in operations, maintenance and training under OGP standards for international oil and gas customers, will be a big help for existing VIP customers of Airbus Helicopters H155 and H175 and AgustaWestland AW139 and for emerging Russian off-shore O&G market”.
The first Russian customer has already chosen NHV to perform a 6-year inspection for his Airbus Helicopters H155 (EC155 B1). The maintenance project is expected to be finished in June 2016.

About NHV Group:
The NHV group, based in Ostend Belgium, is specialized in B-to-B helicopter services and has a strong geographic presence in Europe and Western Africa. The group conducts operations out of several bases on 2 continents with a team of over 650 employees.. The group conducted operations in every oil producing country in the region. The scope of work also includes: Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), Maritime Services, which include Search and Rescue (SAR), offshore Wind Farms and Harbor Pilot Services. Vertech Offshore and Airlift are two specialized companies within the NHV group who are leaders in their niche of flare tip replacement and power grid construction and maintenance. Aside from the helicopter operations, NHV is an approved training organization (ATO) and an official service center for our partner Airbus Helicopters. The group has a multipurpose high value fleet of more than 60 helicopters. NHV’s majority shareholder is Ardian, the independent private investment company with assets of US$50bn managed or advised in Europe, North America and Asia. Since 2012, NHV has ordered 16 helicopters of the state-of-the-art Airbus Helicopters H 175 model and is the global launching customer and the first operator to fly the H175.

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