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General Aviation -The Helicopter View February 2012 Mike Meyer – CEO Indocopters Pvt Ltd
Introduction • Mike Meyer – Chief Executive, Indocopters Pvt Ltd • With ICPL for 2.5 yrs, CEO since Feb 2011 • Previously with Bristow Helicopters in Europe and USA • Indocopters - part of the Vectra Group • Rapidly growing helicopter focused MRO organisation • Based at Greater Noida facility near Delhi • With maintenance bases at Greater Noida, Delhi IGI, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar and Bangalore, covering entire country • Aircraft Sales - Eurocopter Commercial Partner • CAR 145 & Authorised Service Centre for Eurocopter Helicopters • Maintain - AS350B3, AS355, EC120, EC130, EC135, EC145, EC155, AS365 • Maintenance of other manufacturers aircraft • Bell, Agusta Westland, and Enstrom • Spares support for EC and other aircraft • Representatives in India for major international aviation suppliers
Issues Helicopter industry faces • Infrastructure • Lack of Helipads and facilities • Common operating procedures at airports • Common regulatory environment to commercial airlines • Restrictions on what helicopters are used for • Costs • In Euros and Dollars • Questions of taxation & duty • Charges imposed by airport authorities • Intensely competitive environment • Maintenance rates are reducing at 10% per annum • Availability of skilled resource • Fragmented industry • Hinders investment & best practice
Issues Helicopter industry faces • MRO • Airport access • Availability of skilled resource • AME endorsement & licensing • Customs clearance • Spare parts holdings • Tooling importation • Maintenance approvals • STC approvals
Why Helicopters? • So why develop a helicopter industry? • As a driver of economic growth • Helicopters are not just a rich man’s toy • Fundamental to anyone where time is of the essence • Speed up point to point access • Access the inaccessible • Mountain and other remote areas • Open up new areas and new businesses • Consider how the helicopter has fundamentally altered religious tourism • Some jobs cannot be done otherwise • Heavy lift, power cable cleaning
Tapping thePotential • What do we need to develop the industry? • Industry must take the initiative • Open up other sectors to the helicopter • HEMS, ENG, Heavy lift, Para-public & military support • Apply necessary resources • Supportive Regulatory Environment • Support from Government and the authorities • Good to hear of the Helicopter plan – 25 years • Industry bodies speaking with one voice, focus the views of a fragmented industry • BAOA, MRO Association of India • Government listening and acting • Reinforcement of the Safety & Quality agenda • Ensuring primacy of Safety & Quality • Consistent Safety & Quality across the industry • Safety Initiatives
Tapping the Potential • Support from the OEMs • Costs out of line with what Indian companies can afford or will pay • Training, localisation of completion, finishing in country, component repair & overhaul • Develop the necessary skill sets • ACTIONS • Turn potential into reality • BUT Above all – Quality & Safety