Brantly International

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Brantly International
IndustryManufacturer
Founded1945
HeadquartersCoppell, Texas
Key people
Cheng Shenzong (President)
ProductsHelicopters
Number of employees
20
Websitewww.brantly.com[dead link]

Brantly International Inc. is an American helicopter company with its engineering and administrative offices based Coppell, Texas, United States. Manufacturing of Brantly-designed helicopters is now carried out by Qingdao Haili Helicopters of China.[1][2]

History[edit]

A Brantly B.2 on display at the Flugausstellung Hermeskeil

Brantly Helicopter[edit]

The company started out 1945 as Brantly Helicopter Corporation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, founded by Newby O. Brantly. Brantly was so impressed with the Sikorsky VS-300 that he decided to design his own helicopter.[3] In 1946 his first helicopter, the Brantly B-1 with coaxial rotors made its first flight; the B-1 was not put into production.

Using lessons learned from the B-1, he decided to build a two-seater with a simple rotor design; this helicopter, the Brantly B-2, made its first flight 1953. In 1957 the company moved to Frederick, Oklahoma, where the B-2 was certified in 1959, he later designed the Brantly 305, a five-seater which made its first flight 1964. It was certified by the FAA in 1965, the same year it entered production.

A Brantly 305 at Kidlington Airport

Lear Jet acquired the Brantly Helicopter Corporation in 1966; at this time the 180,000 sq ft (17,000 m2) factory in Frederick, Oklahoma had 100 employees;[4] the factory moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1969. Aeronautical Research & Development Corporation (ARDC) bought all the rights to Brantly helicopters from Lear Jet in 1969, but they ended operations in early 1970.

Brantly-Hynes[edit]

In 1972, the rights were acquired as Brantly Operators Inc. by Michael K. Hynes. He renamed the company in 1975 as Brantly-Hynes Helicopter Inc. Later that year, the Franklin Capital Corp, headed by F. Lee Bailey who also owned Enstrom Helicopter Corporation at that time, purchased the company.[5] Brantly-Hynes originally were just providing product support but later placed the B-2 and 305 back into production.[6]

Brantly International[edit]

The new factory in Vernon was built 1989 by Japanese-American businessman James T. Kimura, who renamed the company as Brantly International. In 1994, the ownership was transferred to a Beijing-based company, FESCO. In 1996, they achieved an FAA production certificate. In 2007, Cheng Shenzong, referred to as the "helicopter king" in China, acquired a major interest in the company, and a joint venture between Brantly International Inc, Qingdao Wenquan International Aviation Investment Co., Ltd, and Qingdao Brantly Investment Consultation Co., Ltd. was established.[7][8]

The factory at the Wilbarger County Airport closed at the end of 2010, and engineering and administrative offices of Brantly moved to Coppell, Texas.[9] Not many helicopters were sold in the last years of manufacturing in Texas; the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) statistic for US Civil Helicopter Shipments between 1981 and 2007 showed 12 delivered B-2Bs.

Qingdao Haili Helicopters Co. Ltd. is now the only manufacturer of the B-2B helicopter.[10][11][12]

Products[edit]

  • 1946 - Brantly B-1
  • 1953 - Brantly B-2: pre-production version.
    • Brantly B-2A: basic production version.
    • Brantly B-2B: improved version of the B-2, fitted with new metal rotor blades and an uprated fuel-injected 180 hp Lycoming piston engine. This is the only version currently available.
    • Brantly B-2J10: projected tandem-rotor version with longer and wider fuselage for carrying passengers and/or cargo. None built.
  • 1964 – Brantly 305: an enlarged B-2.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aviation Week and Space Technology: 60. 14 October 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Qingdao Haili Helicopter Co. Archived 1 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ The Brantly Helicopter by Kristen Hynes
  4. ^ Flight International, 02 June 1966
  5. ^ Flight International, 13 November 1975
  6. ^ Orbis 1985, p. 838
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ AP (13 July 2012). "The 'Helicopter King Of China' Is Quietly Building An Empire". Business Insider. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Brantly B-2B Helicopter - Home Page". Archived from the original on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  10. ^ Times Record News, 21 November 2009
  11. ^ "Brantly B-2B Helicopter - Company Profile". Archived from the original on 2 February 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  12. ^ Qingdao Haili Helicopter Co.,ltd Archived 21 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.

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