Turbomeca banks on training in Mexico
Turbomeca México and Eurocopter de México SA (EMSA) signed a cooperation agreement to run engine maintenance training courses together last May, and inaugurated a training center on EMSA's premises in Mexico City's international airport shortly thereafter. Turbomeca Corporate Training Manager Jean-Louis Mostajo explains, "Eurocopter's Mexican subsidiary is already training pilots and airframe technicians. Now that Turbomeca México is running courses on engines, operators in this region that purchase new aircraft can expect a comprehensive range of training courses, covering the full spectrum of helicopter user requirements, locally." Eurocopter is providing its facilities for the classroom and practical courses, and Turbomeca is providing the training literature and Turbomeca Training network qualified instructors. Over time, these courses will cover all Arriel turbine versions (Arrius 1A, Makila 1 and Makila 2A).
The synergies between the courses, convenient geographic location and high-quality Turbomeca-certified training are three of the instant benefits that civilian and military end users value. The helicopter market is enjoying buoyant growth in Mexico, in particular thanks to demand from the thriving petroleum industry. And, beyond Mexico, Turbomeca and its partner firm Ambra are hoping to attract customers in Central-American, Caribbean and northern South-American markets such as Colombia and Venezuela, where Spanish is the official language and culturally affinities with Mexico are prevalent.
Turbomeca México CEO Bernard Chesson adds, "Our Brazilian partner firm Ambra has been running the training courses so far. So the qualified instructors had to come to Mexico or the learners had to fly to Brazil – so it was costly for operators either way." The agreement between Turbomeca and EMSA means operators will pay less for courses because the qualified instructor will be on-site. Customers, in other words, will win out.
Training is a one of the keys to flight safety. The fleet in this area is swelling (from about 450 engines to 600 in 2015) and demand is very strong today. Turbomeca is expecting operations to grow at a regular pace to around 30 courses a year. It will be running 4 courses, for about 10 learners, through the end of this year. Besides selling new aircraft, Turbomeca is aiming to provide tailored training courses in order to meet demand across the region.
In line with the synergies that Turbomeca México and EMSA have built, Turbomeca is planning to partner the Aeronautical University in Mexico, backed by the Safran Corporate University, as part of the extensive drive to harness resources across the Group in order to enhance services for operators and integrators.
Training as part of core business
Jean-Louis Mostajo rounds up: "The training we provide may well be the first impression that Turbomeca customers get. The Mexican training center, which has earned Turbomeca Training certification to vouch for the quality of the courses it delivers, will enhance the network that we have been building over the past few years to support operations using our engines. Our four main centers and our partner network provide first-class training, and solutions tailored to our customers' technical, geographic and cultural requirements on the five continents. Training, now more than ever before, is part of our core business, to nurture customer loyalty and empower customers to succeed!"