MENOMINEE —  For the next four weeks, there will be a total of 36 pilots and mechanics visiting Enstrom to become factory-trained to fly and support Enstrom 480B turbine helicopters owned by the Royal Thai Army. They will be split into two groups, each staying two weeks at a time.

“The pilot and mechanic training are crucial to the success any program,” said Bayard duPont, Enstrom technical fellow and chief flight instructor. “We welcome this latest group with open arms. It’s about building relationships, getting to know the people at the factory and feeling comfortable asking us when questions arise.”

While here, the group is assisted by the Enstrom Representative in Thailand, Thana Dharapak M-Landarch. They were able to coordinate this trip with the acceptance and delivery of their latest order. The helicopters will be used for training in Menominee prior to shipping them to Thailand. M-Landarch said “The pilots and mechanics are enjoying their visit. The weather is good and the people are very friendly. They really like the Menominee and Marinette area.”