Vector agreement could bring more business

Published 12:05 am Saturday, March 9, 2013

Vector Aerospace-Andalusia has the potential to bring even more business to its facility at the South Alabama Regional Airport, thanks to a new agreement enabling it to operate as an American Eurocopter Service Center.

Shaun Stubbs, director of customer support, explained that the process for the new agreement began after Vector was acquired by Eurocopter, which is owned by EADS. EADS operates a facility in Mobile.

Locally, Vector will provide support and maintenance for Eurocopter’s EC135 and EC145, which are used primarily as air ambulances. The aircraft are still in production by Eurocopter, and Stubbs said he anticipates more work for the local facility.

Rick Pataky, vice president of operations for Vector HSNA – Andalusia, said, “the receipt of American Eurocopter service center status for the EC135 and EC145 aligns with Vector-Andalusia’s recent facility expansion, and is evidence of its success since opening in 2004. Vector will continue to invest to bring increased service to operators in the US”.

Vector has extensive success with supporting Eurocopter products in the commercial market; with more than two decades of experience in providing engine, dynamic component, airframe and avionics repair and overhaul services from its Andalusia, Ala., and Langley, British Columbia operations.