Vector Aerospace Awarded Bell UH-1 Maintenance Fixture Certification and Dynamic Component Overhaul Approval

September 24, 2009 – Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America has received Bell Helicopter approval for both its UH-1 airframe maintenance fixture as well as for the repair and overhaul for UH-1 dynamic components at its Andalusia, Alabama helicopter maintenance operation.

Ronnie Kearns, Vector’s director of business development for military programs says the new Bell Helicopter maintenance approvals allow Vector to expand its repair and overhaul capability and assist the many United States, foreign military and commercial customers currently operating the UH-1 helicopter.

“In response to our knowledge of the helicopter market and operator feedback, Vector has recently introduced a number of new capabilities that we know are urgently required by operators of legacy helicopters. Based on the industry-wide trend to repair versus replace existing aircraft, we strongly believe Vector offers many of the OEM-approved repair and overhaul capabilities that will allow our customers to safely and reliably operate these legacy helicopters. The addition of the UH-1 maintenance fixture coupled with the dynamic component approval allows us to expand our support in this area.”

In addition to Vector’s capability to perform structural, dynamic component and engine repair and overhaul on a wide range of Bell, Sikorsky and Eurocopter products, operators can also elect to enhance their helicopters through upgraded flight equipment such as ‘glass cockpit’ installations; of which Vector’s world-class team of avionics specialists have developed various Supplemental Type Certificates for products including: Bell 205 / Bell 206 / Eagle 212 / Bell 407 / Sikorsky S61 / Sikorsky S-76 / Eurocopter AS350.