Airwork looks to generate lift in export sales

Caboolture Airport-based composites
manufacturer Airwork Helicopters is in negotiations to export to European and
US markets.

Last week Airwork gained Supplemental
Type Certificate (STC) and Australian Parts
Manufacturing Approval (APMA) from CASA for the company’s tail rotor blades
for Bell 206 helicopters (A and B models, with approval due soon for C the model.

The company’s CEO and founder Myles Tomkins told The Courier Mail that CASA was in negotiations with overseas
companies on Airwork’s behalf.

“Being able to
manufacture and sell to the European and US markets will help promote the
Australian aviation industry overseas, he told the Mail.

“We’ve got CASA speaking with the European Aviation Safety
Authority and North American Aviation.”

Tomkins said he hoped to increase staff numbers from 12 to 20
shortly.

According to the company, its Kevlar and carbon fibre blades were
four years in development, and offer a 30 per cent cost advantage of standard
Bell 206 blades.

Image: Airwork Helicopters