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expects the repair station will receive its additional FAA
ratings in the first quarter of 2021.

Photo courtesy of Helicopter Services Inc.

Helicopter sales dip
Helicopter Services offers new and preowned
rotorcraft for sale and is an authorized dealer for
Robinson Helicopters. With slow sales, it's a buyer's
market right now as owners look to shed their aircraft,
according to Crossland.
" Helicopter sales is a tough market right now, " she
said. " There are a tremendous number of people selling.
Hawaiian and Las Vegas tour operators have been hit
hard by the pandemic and the economy. The rising cost
of aviation insurance has also hit the industry hard. It
has basically quadrupled overnight. With the 737 MAX
grounded, insurance companies had to pay out lay-ups
(coverage for when an aircraft is out of service). Of
course, there have been some rather high-profile accidents
with large payouts. So this is a market correction because

the insurance rates had dropped incredibly low. "
Along with corporate operators and individual owners,
slowing sales have also affected maintenance shops
across the country, Crossland explained.
" Thankfully, we're in a good position, " she said. " We
carry $10 million in CGL (commercial general liability).
We've actually been able to pick up some business because
of that. A lot of other maintenance shops can't carry even
the $1 million in liability that's required in some places. "
Whether they have a packed schedule or a quiet one, the
Helicopter Services' team takes pride in delivering highquality service with great communication at the heart of it.
" We're really good at communicating with our
customers about the needs of their helicopter, " Crossland
said. " Safety and quality are huge for us. We firmly
believe that there are no shortcuts in aviation. We really
do follow the manufacturer's recommendations and
the applicable federal aviation regulations because we
want to be able to sleep at night and, more importantly,
we want our customers to be safe and get home every
night. Not having any warranty comebacks is the biggest
testament to the job we do. " q

Helicopter Services' technicians perform routine inspections on a customer's Airbus AS 350B3.

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