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Latest helicopter for sale:
Established:
1958
Retired:
2003
Main activites:
External Load
Flight Training
Forest/Animal Census
Photography
Power Line Inspection
Main location(s):
Linköping
Norrköping
Nyköping
Helicopter type(s):
Hughes 269A
Hughes 269B
Hughes 269C
Hughes 369C
Hughes 369D
Hughes 369E
Hughes 369HE
Hughes 369HS
McDonnell Douglas 369E
McDonnell Douglas 520N
McDonnell Douglas 900 Explorer
Schweizer 269C
Schweizer 330SP (269D)
Schweizer 333 (269D)
Sud SE.3130 Alouette II
Sud SE.3160 Alouette III
Previous type(s):
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SAAB Helikopter (retired)
Saab, or Svenska Aeroplan AB, was established back in 1937 in order to construct military airplanes. The company started a helicopter division in the late-50s and obtained the agency for the large French helicopter manufacturer Sud-Aviation in the spring of 1958.

The Swedish Military Forces had recently ordered Sud-Aviation's Alouette II for its dawning helicopter operations, but the previous agent (Engströms Växtskydd in Eslöv) had no capacity to assemble the helicopters. As Saab got the agency the company opened a helicopter maintenance shop at Kungsängen Airport in Norrköping.

Saab got its first helicopters (two Alouette IIs) in June the same year (1958).

The company obtained the agency for the blossoming American helicopter manufacturer Hughes Aircraft Company, and introduced the first Hughes 300 (269A) in Sweden in 1962. The little Hughes became very popular throughout Scandinavia, and it was a common choice for the new helicopter companies.

Svenska Aeroplan changed name to Saab AB in 1965 and to Saab-Scania in 1969.

The first Hughes 500 was imported to Sweden in late-1969, and it became almost as popular as the 300.

Saab's helicopter activity was focused in costumer support - assembly of new helicopters, pilot training and marketing. The company had a firm ambition not to compete with its costumers in the business, why it selected to stay out of commercial helicopter operations (except for supporting services). This made Saab neutral and gave the newly established companies an opportunity to grow.

The Norrköping plant was moved to the SAAB-Linköping airport in the spring of 1971.

13 years later, the helicopter department moved to the Nyköping-Oxelösund Airport (Skavsta) and changed name to Saab Helikopter AB.

The company imported the first MD 520N (Notar) in 1993, the first Schweizer 330 in 1994 and the first MD 900 Explorer in 1995. Neither the 520N or the 900 were successful in the country, but the 330 became a power line inspector at Rehnström Aero.

Saab Helikopter was sold to Saab-Nyge Aero in 1999. The company continued its educational role, as well as some assembly operations. The activity was gradually reduced, and the last flight training took place in 2003.
Last update: 29 Sep, 2013
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