Gama Engineering's helicopter maintenance facility posts significant growth.

Friday 14th June 2013

  • GAMA Group
  • GAMA Engineering S76 Maintenance-Fairoaks

Gama Group, the global business aviation services provider, announced today that Fairoaks, UK based Gama Engineering Ltd has established its helicopter maintenance facility as the first choice service centre for Sikorsky S.76 operators.

Harry Lees, Gama Engineering's Managing Director gave the inaugural Helicopter Maintenance presentation at ROC2013, (the first Rotary Operators Conference held yesterday at Barclays London Heliport).

Over 100 delegates included many industry stakeholders ranging from manufacturers, operators and service providers, attended the first of what will be an annual conference.

Harry presented solutions to a number of challenges facing helicopter operators, highlighting the latest safety improvements opportunities and progressive maintenance programmes aimed at reducing helicopter downtime and costs.

Having just celebrated their second anniversary of Gama Engineering, Harry confirmed that the Fairoaks Airport, UK maintenance facility is now firmly established as the UK's No.1 Sikorsky S76 service centre, having grown the maintenance managed fleet from two in 2011 to nine today.

Other recent Gama Engineering highlights include;

•    Recruitment that has led to the doubling of experienced licensed helicopter, engineers:

•    The basing of an AgustaWestland AW.139 at Fairoaks;

•    Significant avionics upgrade programmes for clients including Castle Air,  Starspeed and British International Helicopters; and,

•    The appointment of Gama as the first European distributor for Cobham HeliSAS light-weight Helicopter Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System.

About Gama Group:

Gama is a global business aviation services organisation, founded in 1983 in the United Kingdom by Marwan Khalek and Stephen Wright.

Gama currently employs over 400 people and operates over 80 business aircraft around the globe at 25 operating bases across four continents.

Gama's global headquarters are located at Farnborough Airport in the UK, with its American headquarters in Stratford, Connecticut, its Middle East and North Africa headquarters in Sharjah and its Asian headquarters in Hong Kong.

The group's companies and affiliates hold EU-OPS, FAA and UAE GCAA Charter Certificates, EASA, FAA and GCAA Part 145 Maintenance Approvals, EASA Part 21 Design and Manufacture Approvals and collectively offer business aircraft management, charter, maintenance and design, cleaning, FBO Executive Handling, and aviation software services.

The group remains majority owned by its founders; in 2007 the group received an equity investment from GrowthGate Capital Corporation, Crescent Enterprises and a small number of other strategic partners.

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