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Enstrom Helicopter Corporation names its incoming president

It is Todd Tetzlaff, no stranger to the company

Enstrom enters an era of growth and expansion with new leadership at the helm. The industry welcomes Todd Tetzlaff back to the Enstrom family as incoming president.

He is no stranger to the company. He first set foot in the Menominee, MI factory more than three decades ago when, while still a college student, he spent a summer working in the engineering department. After graduating, he spent the first part of his career at Enstrom, playing an integral role in designing the T-T strap installation, which is still used by the company today.

He left industry to pursue other engineering positions at companies like Boeing and Raytheon (Hawker 4000), but he never lost touch with his former team members. He returned to Enstrom for seven years in the early 2000s, acting as the flight test engineering manager. He then spent the next 15 years developing his leadership skills at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, most recently serving as a project certification specialist.

So, what convinced him to return home to Enstrom, this time as president? He said he was struck by new owner Chuck Surack’s contagious passion for helicopters and the Enstrom brand.

Current president Matt Francour plans to begin his retirement in late April 2023, at which time he’ll officially pass the torch to him. 

Todd said he’s thrilled to see the current product line reenergized with full glass instrument panels, crash-resistant fuel systems, new interiors, new paint options, and many other improvements. He said he’s also excited to lead research into longer-term upgrades.

He earned a B.S. in Aircraft Engineering Technology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and he is an FAA licensed pilot.

The company will be present at this year’s HAI Heli-Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, March 7-9.

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