Helicopter manufacturers are hoping an industry downturn that has dogged rotorcraft sales for almost five years may finally be near its end. Overcapacity in the oil and gas market has continued to affect sales of medium and heavy helicopters that had previously helped to shore up the bottom line. Orders from offshore operators continue to be dormant, with many aircraft still in storage, having been returned to OEMs and lessors. Instead, government orders, primarily from the ...

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