Enstrom Helicopter Corporation announced earlier this week that after 64 years of near-continuous operations they will be closing their doors Friday, January 21st. Due to several financial difficulties, Enstrom’s owners have directed the company to declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The closure marks the end of a storied helicopter brand. According to Enstrom, they’ve laid off close to 125 employees over the last two years, leading up to this announcement. As of January 7th, Enstrom ceased taking new parts orders and supplying overhauls. Technical support was continued through yesterday. Butzel & Long Law Firm, located in Troy, Michigan will be handling the bankruptcy. Enstrom delivered its final helicopters, a pair of 280FX’s for the Peru Air Force, in December 2021.
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