The presence at AAD of long-established Lithuanian company Helisota (Hangar 2, Stand E14), a member of the Avia Solutions Group, reflects the predominant use of Russian helicopters in Africa, which currently numbers at least 600 machines, including the Mil Mi-8P, PS and T, Mi-8MT (Mi-17), Mi-8MTV-1 (Mi-17-1V), and Mi-8AMT (Mi-171).
All these, as well the US-built Robinson R-44 and, since March 2016, several Airbus Helicopters models including the H120, H135 and H145, are served by Helisota, which provides a fully integrated, authorised maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operation, supporting government, military and private rotorcraft operators from 25 countries worldwide.
Up to 20 helicopters per year are serviced at its main MRO base at Kaunas. Helisota, an EASA Part 145, Part 147 and ISO 9001:2008 certified organisation, also provides spare parts supply, component support, helicopter sales, technical training, and engineering support and consulting. Conversions and modernisations include upgrades for special missions, search and rescue, VIP and passenger transport and general IFR packages.