Versatile company offers MRO, parts supply, sales, and manufacturing services.

Auckland, New Zealand–based Oceania Aviation, a Salus Aviation company, offers a full suite of nose-to-tail MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul), parts supply, and aircraft sales services for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft throughout Australasia. With three major bases throughout New Zealand—North Shore Aerodrome (NZNE), Ardmore Airport (NZAR), and Hamilton Airport (NZHN)—and an international network of companies under the Salus Aviation banner, including Heli-Parts Network in the United States, Oceania Aviation’s reach is both local and global.

MRO and Manufacturing Services
Oceania’s services include scheduled maintenance, engine and component overhauls, and specialist services such as blade repair, avionics installations, and helicopter customizations. The company is an authorized service center for a number of OEMs, including Bell, MD Helicopters, and Robinson Helicopter Co. Oceania recently signed a contract with Schweizer  appointing Oceania the manufacturer’s sales and service center for the Asia-Pacific region.

Oceania aims to service the widest range of helicopter types in the industry, which allows the company to work on an entire operator’s fleet under one roof, leading to reduced turnaround times and streamlined costs. The company also emphasizes fast customer service. Its helicopter support operations include AOG (aircraft on ground) servicing, parts and component exchange and leasing, and next-day freight services throughout New Zealand and Australia.

Oceania’s maintenance facilities include a wide variety of equipment that enables the shop to perform its work in one location, including general machining, aluminum and steel tig welding, cadmium plating and hard chrome plating, and composite repair.

Oceania has grown to design, test, verify, certify, and manufacture a variety of its own aircraft components and modifications as well as custom requests. Its specialized in-house–designed and –certified equipment includes spray systems for MD 500 and AS350 helicopters as well as cargo pods, bike racks, pilot seat shift kits, and a cargo swing system for the AS350.

In October 2021, the company purchased the manufacturing equipment of Aero Composites, an acquisition that’s facilitating the establishment of a new composites production facility at the Ardmore, Auckland, base under Oceania’s Part 148 division.

Celebrating 30 Years
Oceania Aviation began in 1992 as International Heliparts (IHP) Ltd. Registered by two tuna boat pilots, the company initially provided parts sales only, selling various parts for Hughes, Bell, and Schweizer aircraft. The company purchased Marine Helicopters in 1996 and, shortly afterward, changed its name to Oceania Aviation, and the Part 148 manufacturing division was born. Since that time, Oceania has grown to become one of the most widely respected maintenance, repair, and manufacturing shops in the industry. The company became a subsidiary of Salus Aviation in 2017 but continues to operate under its own name.

Author

  • Jen Boyer is the principal of her own firm, Flying Penguin Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor ratings in helicopters and a private rating in airplanes. She has worked as a professional journalist and marketing communicator in the aviation industry since the early 1990s.

Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer is the principal of her own firm, Flying Penguin Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor ratings in helicopters and a private rating in airplanes. She has worked as a professional journalist and marketing communicator in the aviation industry since the early 1990s.