Marcos Rosales Gómez
Expert Contributor

CSIRUS Always in the Air

By Marcos Rosales | Wed, 09/16/2020 - 09:00

The offering of repair services for rotary wing aircraft (helicopters) in the national territory, and in general in the world, is undoubtedly a subject which presents great opportunities. According to the study "Global Fleet & MRO Market Forecast Commentary 2019-2029", published by Marsh & McLennan Companies (January 2019), it was predicted that the MRO in Latin America would have an RPK growth of 5.9%, barely one tenth below Africa (6%) and well above Europe (3.8%). 

Also, according to the same document, the GDP growth of our region was expected to be 3.0%, a sluggish rate if we consider that the GDP of the others was expected to be as follows: Africa 3.3%, Asia 3.9%, the Middle East 3.5%, CIS 2.0%, Europe 1.7% and North America 2.0%. Of course, after the pandemic these figures will vary greatly, but they are still useful for making clear what the MRO is as a business.

Commercial and business aviation is still a major attraction for the aircraft operators. The interest and, why not, the technology used in strengthening and efficiency maintenance processes has focused much more on fixed wing aircraft repair. The availability, versatility, efficiency, flight dynamics and even the safety of the helicopters have been proven to be highly reliable. They are useful machines not only at a commercial level, but also for other tasks such as rescue, as well as a multiple service range.

The myth that helicopters are unsafe and unreliable ships has been debunked by experts dedicated to showing the benefits of these machines being designed and operated. The following table is proof of this:

Turboprop Aircraft fleet in 2019

Africa - 327
Middle East - 29
Asia Pacific - 655
China -0
India -73
Latin America - 236
North America - 643
Eastern Europe - 124
Western Europe - 502
World total 2,589

* Source: “Global Fleet & MRO Market Forecast Commentary 2019–2029”.

It is right here that CSIRUS has found a great niche opportunity to focus its service proposal for these "birds with turntable wings". CSIRUS SAPI DE CV was born with a DNA already inherited from the world of helicopters. Incorporated in March 2019, the company formalized its operations in Mexican territory with the primary objective of offering the market, mainly military, the repair of MI17 helicopter engines. Since MI17s have a service ceiling of 19,500 feet and a maximum take off weight of 14,000 kilograms, the Ministry of National Defense takes advantage of them for missions such as

    * Air transport of personnel and cargo
    * Transport of external cargo
    * Implementation of the DN-III-E plan
    * Special Air Operations
    * Search and rescue
    * Aeromedical evacuation
    * Fire extinction

MI17s are highly operational and efficient Russian machines, which is why they have been considered by their operators, both civil and military, as highly reliable and very profitable in their operation

CSIRUS' mission is to offer this market the opportunity to repair these engines on national territory, with qualified labor and technology supported directly by the designer and manufacturer of these engines, KLIMOV, a Russian high-tech company with an aeronautical tradition of excellence. 

The objective has always been to make our operation more flexible, to the extent that we are able to offer our services directly at the facilities of our customers; in case we are responsible, directly at the air force and navy facilities. CSIRUS 'trajectory in these already 16 months has forced us to diversify our service offerings, as well as our alliance portfolio, which already includes nine companies, all dedicated to serving MRO in both aircraft and helicopters.

This gives CSIRUS the connotation of an integrated company of MRO solutions, since our services combine talent and experience in an integrated and economically sustainable way. As we do not need to involve more allies, our costs are controlled and obviously competitive.

CSIRUS' future bet is to integrate a chain of MRO solutions from North America, Canada in this case, to Argentina. This will be possible because we have allies and points of contact to continue strengthening our service offering.

Photo by:   Marcos Rosales Gómez