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MD Helicopters and Aerometals Reach Settlement Agreement

MD Helicopters, LLC (MDH) and Aerometals have jointly announced that they have come to an agreement regarding a copyright infringement complaint filed in 2016. The settlement encourages each organization to work towards a business solution that promises a mutually beneficial relationship. Both parties are eager to move towards a relationship that will allow Aerometals to continue to manufacture parts in support of MDH. The settlement lays the groundwork for a partnership between MDH and Aerometals that promises competitive pricing for parts that will support ongoing aircraft production as well as fulfilling existing customer orders.

Lorie Symon, CEO and President of Aerometals stated “In working towards resolution of this issue, it became apparent that MDH and Aerometals could provide the best product and service to the MD Helicopter Operator by working together. Aerometals looks forward to this opportunity to collaborate with MDH.”

“MDH is pleased to resolve this issue with Aerometals and looks forward to re-establishing a collaborative working relationship,” said Brad Pedersen, President and CEO of MD Helicopters. “This is just one of many steps we’re taking to renew relationships with our suppliers and provide our customers with the quality parts and services that they expect and deserve.”

Further complicated by multiple ownerships of MD Helicopters over the years and the bankruptcy announcement in March 2022, it was determined to be in the best interest of all parties to resolve the claims against Aerometals.

Both companies will be exhibiting at HAI Heli-Expo 2023 in Atlanta. Visit MD Helicopters at booth #C2729 and Aerometals at booth #B6320.

Aerometals, located in El Dorado Hills, California is a 150,000 square foot manufacturing and production campus with over 160 highly skilled employees. Aerometals is a civil, commercial, and military aerospace manufacturer offering PMA parts and components, engineering, testing, precision assembly, obsolescence recovery and support.

MD Helicopters, LLC located in Mesa, Arizona manufactures helicopters unmatched in their elegance, performance, and reliability. Supporting operators flying military, commercial, law enforcement, utility, and VIP mission profiles around the world, MD continuously builds upon our long-standing tradition of excellence within the aerospace industry. With thousands of aircraft currently in service around the world, MD Helicopters are known for their safety, versatility, responsiveness, and speed.

About Aerometals

Aerometals Inc. is a 40-year veteran of commercial and military aircraft parts manufacturing. AS9100 Rev D rated, Aerometals offers a full-service machine shop and a full range of production services including CNC machining and turning, sheet metal fabrication, welding, and assembly. Aerometals has significant experience manufacturing critical-application, militarized components for use on many fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. With a highly skilled engineering staff, Aerometals holds more than 300 FAA PMAs and STCs inclusive of Inlet Barrier Filters. To learn more, visit our website at, or follow us on LinkedIn.

About MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, LLC (MDH) manufactures high-performance rotorcraft solutions that support operators flying military, commercial, law enforcement, utility, and VIP mission profiles. With thousands of aircraft in service worldwide, MDH has been designing and building aircraft known for their safety, versatility, responsiveness, speed, and reliability since 1947. Our commitment to product sustainment and customer success allows MDH to deliver aircraft unmatched in their performance and reliability. MD Helicopters, LLC is owned by an investment consortium comprised of MBIA Insurance, Bardin Hill Investment Partners LP, and MB Global Partners. To learn more about MD Helicopters, visit us at, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.