Enstrom Shows Off New Team, Latest Models at Heli-Expo

The legacy OEM has bounced back from bankruptcy and the recent change of ownership.

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation had its two new models, including the 280FX and the 480B on display at Heli-Expo last week. [Credit: Julie Boatman]

A number of companies debuted at the 2023 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo last week in Atlanta, Georgia—and a handful of familiar brands returned after a hiatus.

One of the more conspicuous was Enstrom Helicopter Corporation. The legacy marque has bounced back following a bankruptcy in early 2022 and a change of ownership mid-year. The signs are clear that they are heading in the right direction with the announcement of sales during the conference—12, to be exact.

“We came into the show with some very high sales expectations, and we are thrilled with the results,” said Dennis Martin, vice president of sales and marketing for Enstrom.

The company credits the sales in part to new features incorporated into the tested designs, such as an integrated flight deck adding glass panels on both the 480B and 280FX models. The new 480B first flew again in January this year.

“Enstrom helicopters will also be equipped with a brand-new interior as well as having a signature paint scheme by the renowned artist Dean Loucks,” said the company in a statement.

”I’ve meet with many people this week who have come to our booth expressing interest in our aircraft and even more who have said how happy they are to see that Enstrom’s back and how excited they are that we’re manufacturing helicopters again,” said Chuck Surack, now owner of Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, based in Menominee, Michigan. Surack Enterprises purchased the company in May 2022.

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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