Wednesday, December 7, 2011

BHIC unit now certified to overhaul rotary winged aircraft

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 7): BOUSTEAD HEAVY INDUSTRIES CORP []oration Bhd's subsidiary has been awarded the Approved Maintainance Organisation (AMO) certification from the Malaysian Armed Forces.

The company said on Wedn that BHIC AeroServices (BHICAS) Sdn Bhd was awarded the certification by Directorate General Technical Airworthiness of the Malaysian Armed Forces, which the Malaysian technical airworthiness authority.

The AMO certification is for the maintainance, repair & overhaul (MRO) of Eurocopter AS555SN Fennec helicopters, it said.

BHICAS is a joint venture between BHIC Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boustead Penang Shipyard Sdn Bhd, Prestige Pillar Sdn Bhd and Eurocopter Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eurocopter.

Its core business to provide MRO services for rotary wing aircrafts.

BHIC said the certification was a major milestone for BHICAS in becoming the leading MRO centre for rotary wing aircrafts in the country and to strengthen the group's involvement in the Malaysian aviation sector.

It said BHICAS had set up a temporary facility in Terminal 3, Subang Skypark while a permanent MRO centre was being developed in the new Subang Helicopter Centre.

Meanwhile, in a separate filing, BHIC said that BHIC Defence Technologies had agreed to form a joint venture (JV) company with Eurocopter Malaysia in Malaysia.

It said the JV would undertake the development of pilot training services using a simulator for EC225/725 EC family of helicopters for military and civil customers, and would cover the Asian region.

Eurocopter Malaysia is a helicopter manufacturer which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the EADS Group, involved in training helicopter pilots for military and civil markets.

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