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Gualter Helicopteros appointed Brazilian SH09 distributor

15th August 2019 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Kopter Group is now actively promoting its SH09 single engine helicopter to the Brazilian market, having appointed Gualter Helicopteros as its representative and distributor in country.

The partnership between the two companies was signed on 13 August at the LABACE exhibition taking place in São Paulo, during which a full-scale mock-up of Kopter’s SH09 has been displayed.  

Brazil has in excess of 1,800 helicopters in operation, including a large number of single engine models, and Kopter has identified that its SH09 could help fulfil requirements for a modern, performing and cost-effective platform to replace ageing fleets.

‘With more than 30 year[s] experience in the helicopter business and having introduced several helicopter models in the Brazilian market, Gualter Helicopteros is the right partner to ensure the success of the SH09 in Brazil,’ Christian Gras, Kopter’s executive vice president for customers, said. 

‘The team has an impressive track record, having sold over 600 new and used helicopters on the Brazilian and South American markets.’

The SH09 is fitted to a seven-seat transport configuration (five passengers and two pilots) developed and installed by Metro Aviation. The mock-up being displayed also features the Garmin G3000H, an avionics suite for which Kopter is the launching customer. 

The G3000H will be integrated in the SH09 from first deliveries, and will reduce pilot workload, increase situational awareness, and boost the aircraft’s operational safety margins.

The SH09 is generating a strong response on the worldwide market, Kopter says, having received orders for 70 units in total so far, plus another 100 tentatively committed to under letters of intent. 

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