Constant Aviation is expanding its MRO services to include helicopters, drones and other commercial unmanned aircraft systems, serving the Cleveland-based commercial jet maintenance and repair provider to emerging eVTOL markets. The expansion follows the recent launch of a private helicopter division by sister-company and fraction-jet-share provider FlexJet. Directional Aviation is the parent company of FlexJet and Constant.
“Our expansion in these sectors will put us in a better position for the future, including the ability to serve new emerging technologies such as EVTOL aircraft,” said Constant CEO David Davis. As part of the expansion, Constant’s Orlando, Florida facility is renovating the interior of the new division’s Sikorsky S-76 helicopters, including refining their veneers and restoring their sidewalls with seats, carpets and new materials. In addition, the company is repainting helicopters to mimic the levers of FlexJet’s fixed-wing aircraft with a chameleon color with a carbon fiber accent on the top cowling and vertical tail tip.
“The aviation industry is evolving rapidly, new systems are coming to the fore, especially in vertical flight and unmanned systems,” Davis explained. “We want to be a leader in providing this new type of flight service and expanding our capabilities to offer the same level of efficiency, speed and quality that we have long given to commercial jets and other fixed-wing aircraft. “
Constant is already supporting drones, whose engineering, equipment, and systems are similar to those employed for helicopters – after becoming an approved UAS service center in 2017. Most recently, the company renewed its partnership with Robotic Skies, a global market for drone maintenance services.