RUAG Aviation becomes Bell 429 customer facility

Bell Helicopter has appointed RUAG Aviation as a Bell 429 customer service facility in Switzerland.

Glenn Isbell, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of customer support and services said: “We are delighted to add RUAG Aviation to the industry’s largest customer service network. As we continue to grow, we intend to have the people, products and facilities necessary to continue to win in the region and support our growing footprint.”

The new CSF centre is located in Sion, Switzerland, performs maintenance, repair and overhaul services as well as systems upgrades of Bell 429 helicopters.

“Authorising RUAG Aviation to perform Bell 429 field maintenance capabilities reinforces our commitment to enhancing the regional support customers need to continue their operations.”

“Authorising RUAG Aviation to perform Bell 429 field maintenance capabilities reinforces our commitment to enhancing the regional support customers need to continue their operations,” said Jakub Hoda, Bell Helicopter’s managing director of Europe and Russia. “Bell Helicopter has experienced incredible fleet growth throughout Europe the past several years, particularly in the parapublic and EMS segments, and we only expect continued interest in this state-of-the-art platform.”

With more than 70 Bell 429 aircraft operating across Europe. It is the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process, resulting in reduced maintenance costs for operation.

“Becoming an authorised customer service facility is an important step towards strengthening our helicopter service portfolio in Europe,” said Andreas Baumann, RUAG Aviation’s general manager of Helicopters. “We look forward to continue working closely with Bell Helicopter and supporting our European customers.”

“We understand the importance of maintaining the readiness of our customer’s aircraft. As we continue to grow, we will listen to our customers and ensure their aircraft are mission ready anywhere on the globe.” said Neil Jones, manager of Bell Helicopter’s Customer Service Facility Network.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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