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18-Aug-14 N720HT Sikorsky S64E Lindsay Lake, Canada

The helicopter was slinging a hydro tower into position. After positioning the tower, the ground crew secured two of the support cables to their foundations. The pole was then shifted to accommodate securing of the remaining two support cables. As the two secured cables became taut, the pilot felt a bump and the helicopter became… Read more »

18-Aug-14

Sikorsky, Boeing Selected to Build Technology Demonstrator for Future Vertical Lift

Sikorsky, Boeing Selected to Build Technology Demonstrator for Future Vertical Lift

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), and Boeing (NYSE: BA) have been selected to build a helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program (JMR TD), paving the way for the next generation of vertical lift aircraft. The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) selected the… Read more »

Source: Boeing Sikorsky, 13-Aug-14

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Macau – Guangzhou Helicopter Trial Operation

Macau – Guangzhou Helicopter Trial Operation

Zhuhai Helicopter Branch Company (Southern Zhuhai Helicopter Company) will be launching Macau – Guangzhou helicopter service this year.  Southern Zhuhai Helicopter Company carried out a trial operation flight on the 8th August 2014; the first flight departed from Guangzhou and arrived Macau at 10:30am.  Mr. Cui Guang, Senior Assistant to the Chairman of Executive Committee… Read more »

Source: Macau Airport, 11-Aug-14

FAA OK’s S-76D V400 Software, Adding Capabilities and Reducing Pilot Workload

FAA OK’s S-76D V400 Software, Adding Capabilities and Reducing Pilot Workload

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration has certified the V400 avionics software for the S-76D™ helicopter, increasing the capabilities of the aircraft and allowing the aircraft to operate single pilot under Instrument Flight Rules. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). When installed by the operator, the V400… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 11-Aug-14

AAR wins US Army Contract to Overhaul Black Hawk APUs

AAR wins US Army Contract to Overhaul Black Hawk APUs

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces it has been selected by the U.S. Army to upgrade and overhaul Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) for its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The work will be performed at AAR’s Aircraft Component Services facility in Garden City on Long Island. The five-year contract, valued in excess of $23 million, will initially cover… Read more »

Source: AAR, 04-Aug-14

GE awarded $68M contract more for CH-53K engines

GE awarded $68M contract more for CH-53K engines

General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $68,550,240 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0132) for the procurement of 16 GE38-1B engines, closure kits, tooling, and associated systems engineering and program management in support of the CH-53K helicopter program. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Aug-14

First Hellfire missile test for Royal Australian Navy MH-60R

First Hellfire missile test for Royal Australian Navy MH-60R

In the space of seven short months, NUSQN 725 has leapt from receiving their first MH-60R Romeo helicopters to firing the first Royal Australian Navy AGM-114 Hellfire missiles during a live fire exercise at the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (AUTEC) in the United States. It was smiles all round for the entire team,… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 01-Aug-14

Tunisia requests 12 UH-60M Black Hawks

Tunisia requests 12 UH-60M Black Hawks

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia for UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $700 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 23, 2014. The… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 30-Jul-14

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Sikorsky union boss charged with embezzlement

Sikorsky union boss charged with embezzlement

The Independent Review Board (IRB) has brought embezzlement charges against Harvey Jackson, the president of Local 1150, which represents Sikorsky Aircraft Teamsters at plants in Connecticut, Alabama, and Florida. The charges and investigative report are available here. Jackson is charged with using the union credit card to buy at least $13,000 worth of electronics for… Read more »

Source: Teamsters, 28-Jul-14

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Flightsafety International and Sikorsky plan S76D, S92A and S76C++ training in Asia

Flightsafety International and Sikorsky plan S76D, S92A and S76C++ training in Asia

FlightSafety International and Sikorsky plan to offer training for the Sikorsky S-76D™, Sikorsky S-92A®, and Sikorsky S-76C+/C++™ helicopters in Asia. “This new capability will augment FlightSafety’s reach in Asia and provide Sikorsky helicopter operators in the region with the highest quality training using our advanced technology Level D qualified simulators,” said Bruce Whitman, President &… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 16-Jul-14

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Sikorsky, Boeing Selected to Develop ‘Digital Backbone’ for Future Vertical Lift Program

Sikorsky, Boeing Selected to Develop ‘Digital Backbone’ for Future Vertical Lift Program

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. [NYSE: UTX] have been selected to help develop the Joint Common Architecture (JCA) standard for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Science and Technology program, an element of the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative. The Technology Investment Agreement was awarded by the… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 16-Jul-14

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US Army selects Pall inlet barrier filters for Black Hawk

US Army selects Pall inlet barrier filters for Black Hawk

Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL) today announced that the U.S. Army has awarded a five-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to Pall Aerospace for 950 U.S. Army BLACK HAWK PUREair barrier filter elements. The PUREair barrier filters have been specifically designed using advanced synthetic dry media technology that virtually eliminates the maintenance associated with conventional oil-wetted… Read more »

Source: Pall, 15-Jul-14

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Sikorsky delivers first SAR S-76D to Japan Coast Guard

Sikorsky delivers first SAR S-76D to Japan Coast Guard

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the delivery of the first S-76D™ aircraft equipped for search-and-rescue (SAR) services. The aircraft was delivered to Mitsubishi Corporation for use by the Japan Coast Guard. The announcement was made at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show in Farnborough, United Kingdom. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX)…. Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Jul-14

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National Helicopter Services reaches 500 hours in S-76D

National Helicopter Services reaches 500 hours in S-76D

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that National Helicopter Services Ltd. (NHSL) recently reached 500 flight hours in its S-76D™ helicopter. The announcement was made at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show in Farnborough, United Kingdom. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). In February 2014, NHSL flew the first-ever revenue flight of an… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Jul-14

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Sikorsky begins delivery of corporate S-76D helicopters

Sikorsky begins delivery of corporate S-76D helicopters

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that it has begun delivering S-76D™ aircraft equipped for Executive Transport services. The announcement was made at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show in Farnborough, United Kingdom. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). “The S-76 aircraft line has a long legacy of reliability, safety and service, and… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Jul-14

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Brunei-based S-92 full-flight simulator now ready-for-training

Brunei-based S-92 full-flight simulator now ready-for-training

The CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC), a joint venture of CAE and the Ministry of Finance of Brunei Darussalam, today announced that its new CAE 3000 Series S-92 full-flight simulator (FFS) was certified by the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators, and is now ready-for-training. “This… Read more »

Source: CAE, 10-Jul-14

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Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

THe US Air Force has released its official report on the fatal crash of one of its Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters on 7th January 2014 on the coast of Norfolk, UK. The very thorough document notes that the Accident Investigation Board President found “by clear and convincing evidence that multiple bird strikes caused the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jul-14

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UK – Cardinal Helicopter Services gain operator licence

UK – Cardinal Helicopter Services gain operator licence

Cardinal Helicopter Services have recently been awarded their own “Type B Operating Licence” according to the latest update in the snappily-named “Official Record, Series 2” issued by the UK CAA.  Previously Cardinal operated under an “umbrella arrangement” with another operator, Capital Aviation Services of Oxford. Cardinal operate from the City Heliport at Manchester, a rotary-wing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jul-14

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04-Jul-14 Sikorsky S61 Halat, Lebanon

Emergency landing for a firefighting helicopter – Lebanon has three ex Bristow S61s registered AD-1601 through 1603

04-Jul-14

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AAG adds fifth S-76 to fleet

AAG adds fifth S-76 to fleet

Associated Aircraft Group (AAG®), the East Coast’s premier executive helicopter service, has announced the addition of its fifth Sikorsky S-76® helicopter to its fleet of managed aircraft. The addition of this helicopter increases the total AAG fleet to nine aircraft throughout the Northeast.  AAG has the largest fleet of Sikorsky S-76® aircraft available for charter… Read more »

Source: AAG, 03-Jul-14

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Sikorsky awarded $14M delivery order on Australian MH-60R program

Sikorsky awarded $14M delivery order on Australian MH-60R program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $14,000,000 firm-fixed-price delivery order (#4004) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004). This order provides for non-recurring efforts to incorporate the Engineering Change Proposal 4330AU into the Royal Australian Navy MH-60R aircraft for the government of Australia under the Foreign Military Sales Program. In addition,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jul-14

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Guernsey puts first helicopter on its aircraft register

Guernsey puts first helicopter on its aircraft register

Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands associated with the UK, started its own aircraft register on six months ago and was allocated the prefix 2-…. by the International Communications Union. From a start in December 2013, the registration office has not been a busy one, with just 18 aircraft registered in six and a half… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-14

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Topping-out ceremony marks construction milestone at new Bristow SAR base

Topping-out ceremony marks construction milestone at new Bristow SAR base

A traditional topping out ceremony has taken place to mark the construction of the new Search and Rescue helicopter base at Humberside Airport reaching its full height. The base will house two state-of-the-art SAR helicopters, operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, their crews and support team.  It is due to become fully operational in April 2015,… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 02-Jul-14

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Flightsafety appoints new Assistant Manager in Dallas, Texas

Flightsafety appoints new Assistant Manager in Dallas, Texas

FlightSafety International announces that Robert Standley has been promoted to an Assistant Manager at the company’s Learning Center in Dallas, Texas. He will oversee the Dassault Falcon, Gulfstream and Pratt & Whitney Canada maintenance training programs offered at the Center. “We are pleased that Bob has joined the Dallas Learning Center team. Our Customers will… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 30-Jun-14

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Sikorsky awarded USAF contract to develop UH-60M derivative

Sikorsky awarded USAF contract to develop UH-60M derivative

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. UTX +0.18% , has been awarded a U.S. Air Force contract to develop new combat search and rescue helicopters.  Sikorsky will develop a derivative of the UH-60M BLACK HAWK model for the Air Force’s rescue mission. The award of an estimated $1.28 billion Engineering & Manufacturing Development… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 27-Jun-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $11M MH-60R/S retrofit program contract

Lockheed Martin awarded $11M MH-60R/S retrofit program contract

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded an $11,333,603 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production kits in support of the MH-60R/S Point and Click Operator System Interface and Link-16 retrofit programs. Work will be performed in Owego, New York (58 percent); Farmingdale, New York (17 percent); Everett, Washington (12 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Jun-14

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Canada signs amended CH-148 Cyclone contract with Sikorsky

Canada signs amended CH-148 Cyclone contract with Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. welcomed the signing of a contract amendment today with the government of Canada to bring the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program to completion and accelerate the CH148 Cyclone helicopter’s entry into operational service. [Editor note.  Interesting use of words here given they are years behind on this contract and the Canadian Government had… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 19-Jun-14

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CHC UK wins Statoil contract with two S92s

CHC UK wins Statoil contract with two S92s

The contract calls for CHC to operate two Sikorsky S-92 aircraft on behalf of Statoil. The helicopters will fly from Aberdeen or Sumburgh on the Shetland Isles to the Statoil operated Mariner field, 250 kilometres off the northeastern coast of Scotland. The contract has a duration of five years, plus an extension option for up… Read more »

Source: CHC, 19-Jun-14

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S-97 Raider closer to first flight with power on for first time

S-97 Raider closer to first flight with power on for first time

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced it has turned on electrical power for the first time to the S-97 RAIDER™ prototype helicopter, signaling successful installation of the avionics system and a major step toward completing the assembly of the new – and first – light tactical rotorcraft featuring X2 Technology™. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 17-Jun-14

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Australia – $35M MH-60R facility approved for construction near Nowra

Australia – $35M MH-60R facility approved for construction near Nowra

The facility, to be built near HMAS Albatross south of Nowra, will be used to maintain 24 of the Royal Australian Navy’s new Seahawk Romeo helicopters.  See full story

Source: ABC, 16-Jun-14

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Helijet renews $12M fishing resort contracts in the Haida Gwaii Islands

Helijet renews $12M fishing resort contracts in the Haida Gwaii Islands

Helijet announced it has renewed helicopter service contracts with world famous Fishing Resorts in the Haida Gwaii Islands located on the North-West Coast of British Columbia. Together, the 3 year service contracts with renewal options exercised are valued at over $12 million. Helijet will provide exclusive summer-season helicopter service to the resort lodge locations utilizing… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 13-Jun-14

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MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully tested aboard ship with MH-60R

MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully tested aboard ship with MH-60R

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy successfully flew the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout simultaneously with the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter for the first time. The capability demonstrates how a mix of aircraft can increase a ship commander’s intelligence-gathering capabilities aboard the Littoral Combat Ship. A video is available on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOZDG7Uk_PY…. Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 12-Jun-14

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US Army Europe aviators arrive in Poland with UH-60Ls

US Army Europe aviators arrive in Poland with UH-60Ls

More than 60 pilots and support personnel and five UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) deployed here from Katterbach Army Airfield, Germany, June 6 to support U.S. and NATO forces training in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The CAB Soldiers arrived by helicopter at the 12th Air Base of the… Read more »

Source: US Army, 12-Jun-14

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Sikorsky Challenges Kids to Create Helicopter of the Future in Scholarship Competition

Sikorsky Challenges Kids to Create Helicopter of the Future in Scholarship Competition

For the fourth consecutive year, Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is giving kids, ages 9-16, a chance to compete for a $1,000 scholarship through the Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge. The national program, which challenges kids to design a Helicopter of the Future, kicked off June 1 and will… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 10-Jun-14

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North Carolina fails to sell S76C++ on eBay

North Carolina fails to sell S76C++ on eBay

North Carolina’s Dept of Transportation (NCDOT) recently put a little-used S76C++ up for sale on eBay – but the auction has closed with no bids received.  The reserve price had been set at $1.5 Million, and they allowed just one day for potential visitors to come and inspect the helicopter and all its associated paperwork… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jun-14

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Black Hawk to come home to National Navy Seal Museum in Ft Pierce

Black Hawk to come home to National Navy Seal Museum in Ft Pierce

The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft submitted the S-70 design for the United States Army’s Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) competition in 1972. The Army designated the prototype as the YUH-60A and selected the Black Hawk as the winner of the program in 1976, after… Read more »

Source: National Navy Seal Museum, 09-Jun-14

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Sikorsky Innovations Announces Winner of Annual STEM Challenge

Sikorsky Innovations Announces Winner of Annual STEM Challenge

A team from Danbury High School is the winner of the 2014 annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Challenge, Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., announced today. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Sikorsky Innovations co-sponsors the competition with Connecticut Corsair, a volunteer organization dedicated… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 06-Jun-14

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Carnegie Mellon and Sikorsky cooperate on Unmanned Ground Vehicle for autonomous Black Hawk

Carnegie Mellon and Sikorsky cooperate on Unmanned Ground Vehicle for autonomous Black Hawk

Carnegie Mellon University has provided more information to the similar story Sikorsky released on 15th May – see Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery Robot Team Will Autonomously Survey Sites for Radiation, Biological or Chemical Contamination Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. are working… Read more »

Source: Carnegie Mellon, 06-Jun-14

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Shadin Avionics delivers ARINC 429 Converter to Sikorsky in 24 Days

Shadin Avionics delivers ARINC 429 Converter to Sikorsky in 24 Days

Shadin recently announced the successful delivery of a DO-178 Level A custom AIS-360 data converter less than 30 days after initial contact by the customer, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. Enabled by the Avionics Interface System (AIS) configurable converter platform, a working prototype of the ARINC 429 converter was installed on a Sikorsky helicopter within 48 hours… Read more »

Source: Shadin Avionics, 06-Jun-14

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US Navy’s FRCSE refurbishing helicopters for Spanish Navy

US Navy’s FRCSE refurbishing helicopters for Spanish Navy

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) hosted representatives from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Program Manager Air (PMA) 299 and members of the Spanish navy for the annual SH-60B and SH-60F helicopter program management review (PMR) at the military depot May 13-15. The PMR allowed Spanish naval officers the opportunity to meet FRCSE artisans currently refurbishing… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 02-Jun-14

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Walbridge Aldinger awarded $21M order under CH-53K facility contract

Walbridge Aldinger awarded $21M order under CH-53K facility contract

Walbridge Aldinger Co., Detroit, Michigan, is being awarded $21,550,080 for firm-fixed-price task order 0005 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40085-10-D-5331) for construction of a CH-53K helicopter maintenance training facility and Regional Communication Station (RCS) at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. The CH-53K facility will provide a training space to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jun-14

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New Zealand – NEST opens S76 simulator to public to raise funds

New Zealand – NEST opens S76 simulator to public to raise funds

Nest general manager Vanessa Furze said opening the facility up to the public was an opportunity to fundraise for the crucial emergency service but also a chance for people to have a go at the controls of one of the best simulators in the world.  See full story

Source: NZ Herald, 01-Jun-14

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Bristow Australia to operate two S92s for BP

Bristow Australia to operate two S92s for BP

Airflite recently hosted a meeting with representatives from BP, Sikorsky, Bristows, Helitech and Airflite, where BP confirmed their decision to purchase two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters to be operated by Bristows in support of a BP exploration program in the Great Australian Bight in Australia. Helitech and Airflite are in advance stages of setting up regional… Read more »

Source: Airflite, 01-Jun-14

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Australian Army Black Hawk upgrade to hit 70 jobs

Australian Army Black Hawk upgrade to hit 70 jobs

BAE Systems says the agreement to service the Black Hawk fleet in Townsville concludes on January 31 next year, as the Australian Army upgrades to the NH90  See full story

Source: News.com.au, 01-Jun-14

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Ornge faces 17 labour code charges over S76 crash

Ornge faces 17 labour code charges over S76 crash

All 17 charges relate to an incident that occurred on May 31, 2013, when four Ornge employees — two pilots and two paramedics — were killed after the Sikorsky S-76A helicopter they were travelling in crashed  See full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident

Source: CBC, 01-Jun-14

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Sikorsky awarded $24M more for UH-60 support

Sikorsky awarded $24M more for UH-60 support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $24,000,000 modification (P00163) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to realign the funding between the fiscal 2014 advance procurement funds and the planned aircraft production funds for fiscal 2015, with no change to the UH-60 or HH-60 contract price. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $24,000,000 were… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-14

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L-3 awarded $48M contract for three UH-60L sims for Saudi Arabia

L-3 awarded $48M contract for three UH-60L sims for Saudi Arabia

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, was awarded a $48,978,323 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract for the acquisition of three UH-60L operational flight trainers for the Royal Saudi Land Forces. Work will be performed in Arlington, Texas, with an estimated completion date of May 25, 2018. One bid was solicited and one received. Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-14

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CBP Receives Latest Black Hawk UH-60 “L” Model

CBP Receives Latest Black Hawk UH-60 “L” Model

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine (OAM) recently took delivery of its third operational Sikorsky UH-60L model helicopter as part of a recapitalization effort. CBP is in the process of extending the life of its aircraft by converting select UH-60A model helicopters to the UH-60L model. The helicopter will initially be… Read more »

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 29-May-14

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28-May-14 Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

Temporarily grounded after fuel leakage on offshore “floating storage unit”

28-May-14

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Sikorsky awarded $143M contract for 13 UH-60M Black Hawks

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $143,381,783 modification (P00146) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to procure 13 Army UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $143,381,783 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date is Sept. 30,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-May-14

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ILA 2014 – Tiger UHT and CH-53GA rack up flight hours

ILA 2014 – Tiger UHT and CH-53GA rack up flight hours

Airbus Helicopters celebrated two important flight-hour milestones with the German Bundeswehr at ILA Berlin 2014. The German Bundeswehr has attained 10,000 flight hours with its Tiger UHT. As of today, 34 Tiger helicopters have been delivered to the German Armed Forces, 12 of them in ASGARD configuration for deployment in Afghanistan. In a separate ceremony,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-May-14

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Sikorsky and Lord Corp Successfully Test Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressors

Sikorsky and Lord Corp Successfully Test Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressors

Sikorsky Aircraft and LORD Corporation today announced the successful completion of flight demonstration testing of the Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressor (HMVS), a new technology aimed to reduce vibration on helicopters. The demonstration was part of an effort to address the challenge of crew fatigue and reduced equipment reliability and readiness that are caused by helicopter… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 21-May-14

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EASA Certifies Sikorsky S-92 AMS 8.0 and ADS-B Out

EASA Certifies Sikorsky S-92 AMS 8.0 and ADS-B Out

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of enhanced functionality for the S-92® helicopter. The announcement was made at both the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibit (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, and at the ILA Berlin exhibition in Germany. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp…. Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 21-May-14

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Irish Coast Guard helicopter crew receives international award

Irish Coast Guard helicopter crew receives international award

Four crew attached to Rescue 118, based in Sligo, are due to receive the Fredrick L Feinberg award, conferred by the American Helicopter Society since 1961.  See full story

Source: Irish Times, 20-May-14

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Capital Air Services to introduce Europe’s first Sikorsky S76D

Capital Air Services to introduce Europe’s first Sikorsky S76D

London Oxford Airport’s resident executive helicopter charter operator Capital Air Services is preparing to mark its 20th anniversary in September with the arrival of a brand new Sikorsky S76D.  This will be the first of its type available for charter in Europe and Capital is managing this helicopter for a private owner who is moving… Read more »

Source: London Oxford Airport, 20-May-14

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Sikorsky and parent UTC pledge $1M to UMD’s Clark School of Engineering

Sikorsky and parent UTC pledge $1M to UMD’s Clark School of Engineering

The University of Maryland (UMD) today announced that Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., along with its parent company, United Technologies Corp., have pledged one million dollars to endow a fund to create the Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professorship in Rotorcraft at UMD’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. Sikorsky Aircraft (NYSE: UTX), is a world leader in helicopter… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 20-May-14

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HAI and Sikorsky pull out of HeliRussia exhibition

HAI and Sikorsky pull out of HeliRussia exhibition

HeliRussia spokesman Maxim Federov has confirmed to HeliHub.com that both HAI and Sikorsky have pulled out of HeliRussia and they are seeking to reassign the freed-up exhibition space. Additionally, Polish company Ankol – who represent Kamatics Corp in that region – have also announced their intention to follow suit These moves are a direct result… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-May-14

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HeliFlite completes refurbishment of Sikorsky S76 fleet

HeliFlite completes refurbishment of Sikorsky S76 fleet

HeliFlite recently completed the refurbishment of its Sikorsky helicopter fleet. The upgrades included both interior and exterior refinishing as well as enhancements to on-board avionics and satellite tracking systems. In 2012 HeliFlite began a fleet expansion initiative with the purchase of 2 additional Sikorsky executive helicopters. Shortly after, they began to refurbish each of the… Read more »

Source: HeliFlite, 19-May-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $38M contract for Danish MH-60R Advanced Data Transfer System

Lockheed Martin awarded $38M contract for Danish MH-60R Advanced Data Transfer System

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $38,530,708 for delivery order 4003 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring engineering in support of the MH-60 integration and testing of the Advanced Data Transfer System, including mission system and common cockpit suite. These services are in support of… Read more »

16-May-14

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Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery

Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced it has won a significant demonstration project with the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) of Carnegie Mellon University to demonstrate an autonomous delivery of an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) by an Optionally Piloted Black Hawk helicopter enabled with Matrix™ Technology. The UGV will subsequently execute a mission to investigate a… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-May-14

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Sikorsky Innovations’ Entrepreneurial Challenge evolves as latest winners named

Sikorsky Innovations’ Entrepreneurial Challenge evolves as latest winners named

As a continuation of its successful, multi-year initiative, Sikorsky Innovations today announced it has launched its 5th Entrepreneurial Challenge, a competition to accelerate innovators and disruptive technology concepts with applications in the vertical flight market. Sikorsky Innovations is the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). As… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-May-14

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Sikorsky to Develop Autonomous Black Hawk For Cargo Missions

Sikorsky to Develop Autonomous Black Hawk For Cargo Missions

Sikorsky Aircraft announced today from the AUVSI Unmanned Systems conference that it will develop its first product to feature Matrix™ Technology, by converting a retired UH-60A BLACK HAWK helicopter into an optionally piloted variant capable of a wide spectrum of missions. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). With the autonomous… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-May-14

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PAS MRO Awarded Long-Term Contract for UH-60 Rotor Blade Tip Cap Overhaul

PAS MRO Awarded Long-Term Contract for UH-60 Rotor Blade Tip Cap Overhaul

PAS MRO, a Woman-Owned Small Business, has been awarded a 5 year contract from the US Army for the repair and overhaul of the UH-60 Helicopter Rotor Blade Tip Cap. The maximum potential value of the entire contract is $6,365,650.00. Repair & Overhaul of the Tip Caps will be conducted at PAS MRO’s Irvine, California… Read more »

Source: PAS MRO, 14-May-14

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NAS North Island ceremony marks official opening of Hangar 370

NAS North Island ceremony marks official opening of Hangar 370

Numerous dignitaries, military personnel, contractors, and their families attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Navy’s newest helicopter hangar at NAS North Island April 25. This facility was designed with sustainable features and built to support the operations of three HSC squadrons. Naval Base Coronado (NBC) Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Sund, and Commodore, Helicopter… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 12-May-14

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Erickson reports FY2014 Q1 results to 31 March 2014

Erickson reports FY2014 Q1 results to 31 March 2014

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) (“Erickson,” the “Company,” “we,” “us” and “our”), a leading global provider of aviation services to a worldwide mix of commercial and government customers and the vertically integrated manufacturer and operator of the powerful, heavy-lift helicopter, the Erickson S-64 Aircrane, today announced first quarter 2014 financial results and reiterated its full-year guidance for… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 11-May-14

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Sikorsky awarded $1,244,677,064 contract for Presidential S92s

Sikorsky awarded $1,244,677,064 contract for Presidential S92s

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $1,244,677,064 fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement program. This contract provides for the procurement of six test aircraft and the associated support equipment, integration of mature government-defined mission systems, a training system including a flight training device… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-May-14

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Sikorsky awarded $7.9M delivery order for MH-60S countermeasure kits

Sikorsky awarded $7.9M delivery order for MH-60S countermeasure kits

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $7,920,664 firm-fixed-price delivery order (#4007) against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) for Aircraft Mine Counter Measure Removable Mission Equipment B Kits in support of the MH-60S aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in April 2016. Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-May-14

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US Navy confirms Sikorsky wins ‘Marine One’ competition by default

US Navy confirms Sikorsky wins ‘Marine One’ competition by default

Editor note – You would not believe from the press release below that Sikorsky was the ONLY remaining bidder for this program, but that was the case.  See this story from Reuters to put it all in context. The U.S. Navy today announced that Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 08-May-14

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Brazil approves DAC International ADS-B Out solution for S76

Brazil approves DAC International ADS-B Out solution for S76

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that the Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC) in Brazil has approved its supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Trig Avionics TT22 transponder with the FreeFlight Systems 1201 WAAS/GPS sensor for ADS-B Out compliance for use with the Sikorsky S-76 A/B/C models. The TSO-certified 1201 GPS/WAAS Sensor… Read more »

Source: DAC International, 08-May-14

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Sikorsky officially unveils CH-53K as USMC reveals its name

Sikorsky officially unveils CH-53K as USMC reveals its name

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today officially unveiled the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, the next generation in the CH-53 type series that the U.S. Marine Corps expects to begin operational service in 2019. During the rollout ceremony, attended by members of Congress, the Department of Defense, major suppliers to… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 08-May-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $6.7M delivery order for H-60R/S cockpit repair

Lockheed Martin awarded $6.7M delivery order for H-60R/S cockpit repair

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is being awarded $6,756,377 for firm-fixed-priced delivery order 7027 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-12-G-010F) for the repair of 11 items for the command cockpit used in H-60R/S helicopters. Work will be performed in Owego, New York, (73 percent); Farmingdale, New York, (21.25 percent); Middletown, Connecticut, (2.5 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-14

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North Carolina Transportation Dept selling Sikorsky S76 on eBay

North Carolina Transportation Dept selling Sikorsky S76 on eBay

North Carolina’s Transportation Department has put their S76 on the market due to low usage – see full story

Source: 11 ABC, 07-May-14

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Spectrum Health’s Aero Med S76 returns to service

Spectrum Health’s Aero Med S76 returns to service

Spectrum officials revealed an incomplete FAA training form was the reason they voluntarily grounded the S76 – see full story

Source: MLive, 07-May-14

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Spectrum Health grounds Aero Med S76 due to “a potential administrative error”

Aero Med statement starts with “Aero Med has decided to voluntarily ground its helicopter service after learning from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of a potential administrative error.”  – See full story

Source: WOOD TV, 06-May-14

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Donaldson completes delivery of engine protection system for CH-53K

Donaldson completes delivery of engine protection system for CH-53K

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has completed delivering system development versions of its Engine Air Particle Protection System (EAPPS) to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s CH-53K program that will provide the next-generation heavy-lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps. The 12 Engineering Development Models delivered by Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI),… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 06-May-14

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