After failed tenders for the overhaul of Uruguay Police R44 Helicopters, Rotorcorp coordinated with manufacturers, U.S. Embassy, and Commercial Service to deliver a winning solution.
In June of 2022, Rotorcorp was awarded a contract issued by the Uruguay Interior Ministry to provide 2200-hour maintenance kits, Lycoming O-540 engines, and other spare parts required to complete the overhaul of two Robinson R44 police helicopters operated by the Uruguay National Police.
In December 2022, Rotorcorp President Sean Casey made good on the first half of the two-part bid, traveling to the Uruguay capital of Montevideo to personally inspect and make delivery of the much-needed parts. Mr. Casey also used the visit to further strengthen the relationship between Rotorcorp, the National Police, the Uruguay government, and the U.S. Embassy team whose support has been vital.
Rotorcorp served the Uruguay National Police in two primary capacities. First, the company tapped in-country experts at the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Commercial Service to help clarify and positively shape the public tender to better align it with their priorities and shifting technical and market realities. To this end, Rotorcorp also coordinated with our in-country representative to navigate local customs and procedures for fulfilling the contract in an expeditious and cost-effective manner.
Secondly, faced with continued extended lead times from both the airframe (Robinson) and engine (Lycoming) manufacturers, Rotorcorp worked with both company’s leadership team to drastically reduce the time these critical public safety aircraft would be down for service.
Rotorcorp is expecting to make delivery of the final 2200-hour overhaul kit to a very satisfied Director of Maintenance by the end of March 2023. It is the combination of our knowledge of the Robinson product and the necessary local and international trade resources that allowed us to serve the National Police by keeping their helicopters flying and in turn the Uruguay public safe.