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Sikorsky relocates its FSL in Brazil

15th June 2018 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Sikorsky has relocated and expanded its Brazil-based forward stocking location (FSL) to position its aircraft parts in close proximity to Brazilian operators, Lockheed Martin announced on 7 June.

The new location in Barra da Tijuca, close to the Jacarepaguá airport, will have around seven times more stocked inventory than at the previous Multiterminais location. The new location will provide support to reduce the turnaround time for Sikorsky aircraft parts for Brazilian operators including Líder Aviação, Omni Helicopters International and CHC Helicopter. Turn-around time for receiving parts is expected to improve from the current 24 hours to less than two hours and will further reduce costs for Sikorsky operators.

The company is also planning to add S-92 helicopter blade repair capability in Brazil through Composite Technology do Brasil (CTB), a joint venture between Sikorsky-owned CTI and Líder Aviação. Having the capability to perform the repairs in-country will eliminate taxes and fees associated with export and also remove at least 30 days of transit time from the overall repair schedule.

Adam Schierholz, Sikorsky Regional Executive for Latin America, said: ‘Brazil is a key country for us - the heart of our commercial business in Latin America. Our fleet of S-92 and S-76 aircraft have operational availability rates of greater than 94%. As the Brazilian economy and offshore outlook recovers, we are listening to our customers and taking steps to further increase those industry leading availability rates.’

The Barra da Tijuca site is one of four Sikorsky FSLs positioned to provide close support for commercial customers. The other sites are in Perth, Australia; Aberdeen, Scotland; and Stavanger, Norway.

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