In November, Bell Textron Inc. announced its first Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC) in Norway. Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services (KAMS) based in Kjeller, Norway, will provide aircraft maintenance services for the Bell 412 fleet, operated by the Royal Norwegian Air Force. KAMS has played a significant role in the Norwegian aviation industry since 1916 and is currently Strategic Partner to Royal Norwegian Air Force. The company has extensive capabilities in repair, overhaul and modifications, and component testing for several military aircraft platforms. It also specialize in recycling spare part.
“We are thrilled to include KAMS in Bell’s AMC network. Bell has a total of four AMC’s in Europe and we look forward to growing our network and supporting our European customers,” said Duncan Van De Velde, managing director, Bell.
“We are excited to be a part of Bell’s AMC network. KAMS provides excellent maintenance and we are confident that our support is unmatched and look forward to assisting Norwegian customers,” said Atle Wøllo, President of KAMS.
The Bell 412 is a utility helicopter of the Huey family manufactured by Bell Helicopter. It is a development of the Bell 212, with the major difference being the composite four-blade main rotor. Over 700 Model 412s (including 260 by AgustaWestland) have been built. A Bell 412 prototype first flew in August 1979. In 2013 Bell introduced the 412EPI which includes an electronic (Digital) engine control for a PT6T-9 engine upgrade, and a glass cockpit display system similar to the Bell model 429. Also featured is a Garmin touchscreen navigation system, and the BLR Strake and Fast Fin upgrades for improved hover performance.
Bell established the AMC network to reinforce its commitment to enhancing local support to customers, so they can quickly and efficiently continue their operations. Bell supports customers in more than 50 countries around the world. Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services (KAMS) has played a significant role in the Norwegian aviation industry since 1916. KAMS was established as a part of the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) at Kjeller, and was transformed into a state enterprise, 100% owned by the Ministry of Defence, in 2011. In 2019, Kongsberg (majority owner) and Patria acquired the company to make it a world class MRO provider.