The presence here of long-established Lithuanian company Helisota (Hall D, Stand 226), a member of the Avia Solutions Group, reflects the increasing use of Russian helicopters in the Asia Pacific. These currently number at least 1,400 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.The company 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, non-destructive testing, helicopter sales, technical training, 24/7 AOG support services, and engineering support and consulting.
Conversions and modernisations may include upgrades for special missions, search and rescue, VIP and passenger transport and general IFR packages.