A look at an HAI member up close and personal.
Bucher Aircraft Interior Solutions of Fällanden, Switzerland, specializes in lightweight interiors for both helicopters and airplanes.
Heinrich Bucher founded the company in 1953 with an understanding that any successful addition to an aircraft had to be lightweight and provide maximum stability. This philosophy has guided the company ever since in its development of lightweight but rugged, strong aircraft interiors. Bucher works directly with its customers to learn about their daily missions and then jointly develops solutions with them to meet their particular needs.
Bucher puts to work its expertise in aluminum and plastics developing lightweight, functional helicopter air ambulance (HAA) and airborne law enforcement interiors for a variety of aircraft. The company designs its simply constructed interiors to allow for maximum durability at an affordable price. The equipment is certified under one supplemental type certificate, allowing for modular configurations and greater flexibility.
For HAA operators, Bucher delivers integrated base plates, crew seats, patient stretchers and loading systems, storage cabinets, fasteners and shelving for medical equipment, and supply systems for air, oxygen, and electricity.
For airborne law enforcement and rescue customers, Bucher provides patient stretchers, fastening systems for special containers, abseiling (rappelling) equipment, and tactical work area interiors.
One of the benefits of working with Bucher is the hands-on, personalized touch customers receive. As noted above, the company prefers to work individually with customers to create a product that works directly with a customer’s aircraft and mission parameters.
Bucher also prides itself on its award-winning customer support service. The company’s spare-parts and aircraft-on-ground (AOG) support is available through a worldwide network of AOG pools partially operated by Satair, a global aftermarket-services company. Bucher maintains an online spare-parts price list to help customers immediately find parts within their budget.
Bucher also operates an FAA Part 145 repair station and a European Union Aviation Safety Agency memorandum of agreement to provide high-quality repairs, modifications, maintenance, and overhauls not only of their own products but also on avionics and lighting.
Customers don’t have to rely on Bucher’s physical facilities for maintenance, however: the company’s technical-support staff can help walk customers through the maintenance and repair of its products on their own.
Bucher operates out of its headquarters in Fällanden, as well as from facilities in Everett, Washington, USA, and Sinn-Fleisbach, Germany.