Guess the Component Contest: Winner Reveal

Thank you all the participants of the Guess the Component contest!
Watch Heli-One Canada Component Shop Manager Micah Jopson draw the winner and talk about this mystery component.


In this issue:

  • Featured Repairs: AW139 Components
  • Facility Feature: Boundary Bay’s Paint Shop
  • An Inside Look: S-92 1,500HR Inspection
  • Contest: Guess That Component
  • MRO Fun Fact
  • Heli-One In The News
  • Upcoming Tradeshows
  • Connect With Us On Social Media
AW139 Updates

Featured Repairs: AW139 Components

Heli-One is an authorized AugstaWestland service center and is dedicated to providing the best maintenance, repair, and overhaul on the AW139. We provide maintenance activities at our facilities in Canada, Norway, and Poland. Services include: all levels of inspection, by-the-hour support, avionics, repairs & modifications, NDT, and much more. We are featuring some key repairs that will minimize aircraft downtime and lower maintenance costs. 

 For more info on our AW139 capabilities and these featured repairs, visit:

The Boundary Bay Paint Shop: How Safety Best Practices Make Environmental Sense

Learn about:

  1. The Boundary Bay Paint shop's eco-friendly benefits
  2. The complexities of aviation painting
  3. How safety, efficiency, and environmental-impact are integrated into facility design

boundary-bay The nature of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) work is dynamic and technicians perform complex, technical work. Potential risks to persons, property, and environment are a part of the aviation industry and limiting these risks is the highest priority at Heli-One. During the design of the Boundary Bay facility (opened in 2007), designers implemented safety considerations with the goal of “no harm to people, property or the environment.” With this approach, Heli-One invested in mitigating any environmental impact the facility would have on the local community. Nearly 10 years later, Heli-One continues to have an excellent safety record, deliver industry-leading MRO services, with minimal environmental impact. 

Paint Shop Large Paint BoothAn example of safety-oriented, environmentally-conscious and efficient planning can be seen in the Paint Shop at Boundary Bay. The shop’s workflows and processes are designed to reduce paint processing waste. At over 12,000 sq ft, the dedicated paint bays, which include the preparation and painting areas, can accommodate structures as large as an aircraft fuselage. “We have a skilled team of professional aircraft painters that love what they do and it shows in the quality of their work,” said Paint Shop Manager, George Kanavaros. The Paint department provides different specialized services for Heavy Maintenance and Components. For both types of work, technicians consider the unique operating environment to apply the best treatment. For example, dynamic Components such as engines, gearboxes, and transmissions are treated with Rockhard high-heat coating to ensure durability in extreme operating conditions. 

S-92 MGB Sump HousingDuring the helicopter painting process, components or airframes are stripped, prepared, and then painted. Both use timed heat technology which can reduce drying times by up to 50%. For example, an entire Bell 412 repaint (strip and paint) can be done in 14 days which is achieved through a combination of efficient workflows, experienced technicians, and technology to expedite the process.  This work can produce a considerable volume of wet waste: a Bell 412 repaint may yield up to 625L/165 gallons of wet waste. The waste liquids are by-products from the painting process such as: paint stripper, Alodine, oily water, and cleaning water. In addition to being a safety and contamination risk, this wet waste is expensive to dispose. 

These factors led to the design and implementation of a wet waste diversion system to reduce waste volume. Floor drains capture liquids that are redirected to an underground holding tank that has several different layers of leak protection and insulation. The chemicals are then pumped into an incinerator, which is heated to 420F/215C. Water is evaporated as steam and the remnants, which are inert, are disposed safely. For every 1,500L/396 gallons of liquid waste only 20L/5.3 gallons of solid waste remains. Going back to the Bell 412 example, 625L/165 gallons of liquid waste is converted into 8.4L/2.2 gallons solid waste –  a 98% reduction. 


Paint Shop Underground TankReducing waste volume and volatility minimizes the risk of environmental contamination and handling exposure. Chemical liquid waste is also produced in other departments such as: Components, Cleaning, and NDT. The Boundary Bay facility has four tanks/incinerators in strategic locations which safely divert liquids from planned and unplanned spills. “At Heli-One we are responsible for providing a safe and secure working environment for our employees by ensuring that our facility is designed and maintained to the highest standards. Involving Health, Environment, Safety, and Security (HESS) specialists at the beginning of any facility project is critical to ensure Safety requirements are considered, integrated, and executed accordingly,” added Alex Peresada, HESS Manager – Americas. The success of this program is a testament to the facility, staff, and technicians’ widespread adoption of best practices around safety, efficiency, and environmental impact. The results not only limit the impact MRO work has on the surrounding environment but also benefit Heli-One and the customers’ bottom line through efficiencies  and cost savings.

An Inside Look:

An S-92 undergoing a 1,500HR inspection at our Stavanger, Norway facility.



MRO Fun Fact

What does a S-61 and the ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean have in common? 

They both contain a GE CT58 Stage 1 Turbine Nozzle! Only CT58s are serviced at Heli-One at the moment, no Flux Capacitor capability...yet.

Thank you to Olav Grabi, Engine Shop Manager (Boundary Bay), for contributing this Fun Fact.  


Guess the Component?

We have thousands of parts in our capability search - can you guess which one this is?
Clues: an AW139 part, capability includes threaded insert replacement

PRIZE: $100 iTunes Gift Card 

(1 winner drawn from correct responses)
To Enter: Email your answer to, comment on the LinkedIn post, or Tweet us @Heli_One! 
Contest closes on August 26th, 2016. 


Heli-One In The News

For more Heli-One In The News, visit
May-17-2016-Heli-One_Sultan-of-Johor_S-76  Heli-One to Provide Flight Display Upgrade for RMAF S-61s
 Heli-One Poland Receives FAA Approval  Carolyn Forsyth Named GM Sales Marketing Business Development
Upcoming Tradeshows
Come visit us to learn more about our capabilities and how we can help you with your maintenance needs. 

ALEA Expo 
July 20th - 22nd, 2016
Savannah, GA
Booth 301

Sept 26th - 28th, 2016
Charlotte, NC
Booth 212

Please contact to book a meeting at these upcoming shows.  

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