Dart expands global reach with new partner in South Africa

Dart expands global reach with new partner in South Africa

3-Jun-2010 Source: DART Helicopter Services

DART Helicopter Services (DHS), a major producer and global distributor of more than 3,000 certified helicopter accessories, has completed an exclusive distribution agreement with a world- class aerospace services business that will establish a stronger DHS presence in South Africa.

The new partnership involves National Airways Corporation (NAC), headquartered in Johannesburg. Offering a full range of aviation services and products to the fixed wing and helicopter markets, NAC specializes in aircraft sales, aircraft maintenance, avionics, parts sales, charter, international operations and pilot training.

This agreement will enable DHS to offer its complete inventory of helicopter components to operators across NAC’s entire market spectrum, supplementing its operations in North and South America, Europe, Japan, China and Singapore.  By utilizing NAC warehouses and service facilities, DHS will provide readily available accessories to customers worldwide, minimizing rotorcraft downtime and ensuring quick delivery of high quality parts and systems that improve helicopter safety and reliability.

“We are delighted to get this new relationship under way,” said Jeff Shapiro, DHS president and CEO.  “Affiliation with NAC, a truly outstanding aviation company in this growing area, creates exceptional opportunities for DHS, and we expect NAC will gain comparable advantages from associating with us.”

“NAC is equally enthusiastic about working with DHS.  The company is thoroughly professional with a fine reputation for service excellence as a one-stop shop for helicopter accessories that will improve our own operations,” concluded Redmond Fowle, Executive Director, NAC.

The agreement is effective immediately, and DHS already is expanding its production and distribution to address new markets.

About DART Helicopter Services

DART Helicopter Services LLC., has set a global standard for developing, producing and distributing outstanding helicopter accessories and components that improve rotary wing fleet operations. Headquartered in California, the company and its sales, marketing and service associates operate a worldwide network from many strategic locations serving more than 120 nations on six continents. DART has become the world’s largest rotorcraft accessory provider in just five years, offering more than 3,000 helicopter aftermarket products that improve rotorcraft safety, efficiency and reliability. The company also manufactures 500 components, and its network owns more than 450 Supplemental Type Certificates and 45 U.S. patents.  Learn more about DART at www.darthelicopterservices.com.

About National Airways

National Airways Corporation offers a full range of aviation services and products to the fixed wing and helicopter markets, we specialize in aircraft sales, aircraft maintenance, avionics, parts, charter, flight operations and pilot training.

From its headquarters at Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg, NAC operates a South African network of offices in Cape Town, Durban, Rand Airport in Johannesburg and Pretoria. We also have branches further afield in Botswana and Nigeria and internationally, Awesome Flight Logistics in Perth (Australia) and Specialised Aircraft Services in Wichita, USA. NAC Makana, our Cape Town Waterfront helicopter company, is a joint venture partnership between NAC and Makana Investments (Pty) Ltd.

NAC is a Distributor for Hawker Beechcraft Corporation – manufacturers of Beechcraft and Hawker Products, an Independent Representative for Bell Helicopter, a Dealer for Robinson Helicopter, a Diamond Aircraft Regional Distribution Centre, exclusive sales agents for Pacific Aerospace and distributor for Daher-Socata.

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