After a near-decade-long hiatus, Schweizer helicopters are about to return to production.

Schweizer RSG, which bought the rights and type certificate to the piston-engine Schweizer S-300 family and turbine-powered S-333 from Sikorsky in January 2018, will produce two new-build S-300 piston helicopters later this year, paving the way for full-rate production in 2020.

The company has now secured 30 orders, including an $11 million one for 25 S-300CBi models announced at Heli-Expo on March 5. But perhaps most importantly, the company is reestablishing a supply chain of parts and components and helping return aircraft to flight, some after years on the ground.

“We know this has been a long journey for some operators,” said David Horton, president of Schweizer RSG. “The supply chain is up and running . . . by the middle of this year we should have everything that anybody would need to operate our helicopters.”