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Dubai company completes industry-first AW139 blade repair

written by Sandy Milne | April 9, 2020

In a defence industry first, RBI Hawker recently completed a leading-edge abrasion strip replacement on the Leonardo AW139 helicopter’s main rotor blade at its facility in Dubai.

As a result, the company has received original equipment manufacturer (OEM) approval for future helicopter works.

RBI Hawker works with Leonardo customers across the A109/119 series, as well as the AW139 fixed-wing aircraft.

RBI Hawker staff celebrate the milestone at their headquarters in Dubai. (Source: RBI Hawker)

With this new capability, the company expands its service offerings in Dubai to include replacement of leading-edge abrasion strips.

“This industry milestone has several years of strategic planning behind it and speaks volumes for the RBI Hawker team’s skill, commitment and dedication,” said Mike Conomos, general manager of operations, RBI Hawker Dubai.

“I could not be prouder of the team for their collective efforts.

A Leonardo AW139 (Leonardo)

“We worked very closely with the OEM to develop and integrate new methods and technologies in this project. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their ongoing support. We look forward to working with them in future such projects for years to come.”


RBI Hawker has an extensive commercial and military helicopter customer network in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. The company, a joint venture between Hawker Pacific Airservices and Bell, was established in 2005 and is now one of the leading rotary repair companies in the world.


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