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Erickson Air-Crane wins US Forest Service contract

Erickson Air-Crane wins US Forest Service contract

Erickson Air-Crane, a leading operator and the manufacturer of the powerful heavy-lift helicopter, the Erickson S-64 Aircrane, today announced that it has been awarded a new exclusive use firefighting services contract with the US Forest Service (“USFS”). Under the terms of the contract, Erickson Air-Crane will provide aerial firefighting services using one heavy-lift Aircrane helicopter… Read more »

Source: Erickson Air-Crane, 20-Jun-12

Sikorsky is finalist for Alabama’s Manufacturer of the Year Award

Sikorsky is finalist for Alabama’s Manufacturer of the Year Award

The Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network announced today that 14 Alabama companies have been named as finalists for the prestigious Manufacturer of the Year Awards. The winners will be announced at a luncheon on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at the RSA Activity Center in Montgomery following a keynote presentation by Alabama… Read more »

Source: Business Council of Alabama, 19-Jun-12

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UK – Royal Marines Aircrewman Receives The Billy Deacon Memorial Trophy

UK – Royal Marines Aircrewman Receives The Billy Deacon Memorial Trophy

Sponsored by Bristow Helicopters and Breitling UK, the Trophy has been established to further the memory of Mr Billy Deacon who was tragically lost while carrying out his duty as winchman with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Search and Rescue helicopter based at Sumburgh in the Shetland Isles in 1997. The Billy Deacon SAR Memorial… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 19-Jun-12

HeliFlite adds second S76 to fleet

HeliFlite adds second S76 to fleet

HeliFlite(TM) is pleased to announce the expansion of its fleet with the addition of a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter. The HeliFlite fleet features a complement of five Bell 430 and two Sikorsky S-76B executive helicopters. HeliFlite only operates executive class twin-engine, dual pilot aircraft which accommodate 6-8 passengers. All aircraft are Category A certified and equipped… Read more »

Source: HeliFlite, 19-Jun-12

Qatar requests 12 UH-60M Black Hawks in $1.112 billion deal

Qatar requests 12 UH-60M Black Hawks in $1.112 billion deal

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on June 12 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar of 12 UH-60M BLACK HAWK Utility Helicopters, 26 T700-GE-701D Engines (24 installed and 2 spares), 15 AN/AAR-57 V(7) Common Missile Warning Systems, 15 AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Sets, 15 AN/APR-39A(V)4 Radar Signal Detecting Sets, 26… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 15-Jun-12

Evergreen Helicopters wins $8.1M US million Army contract

Evergreen Helicopters wins $8.1M US million Army contract

Evergreen Helicopter, Inc., McMinnville, Ore., was awarded an $8,062,582 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the helicopter services and support to perform air medical evacuations, fire suppression services, and other missions for the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii Department of Defense Property, and operational training areas on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii.  Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-Jun-12

Sikorsky awarded $19M order for work on 24 MH-60Rs for Australia

Sikorsky awarded $19M order for work on 24 MH-60Rs for Australia

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $19,098,095 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-08-G-0010) for non-recurring engineering efforts to support delivery of 24 baseline Future Naval Aviation Combat System MH-60R helicopters for the government of Australia under the Foreign Military Sales Program.  Work will be performed in Stratford,… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 11-Jun-12

Prince William qualifies as an operational Royal Air Force SAR captain

Prince William qualifies as an operational Royal Air Force SAR captain

The Duke of Cambridge has qualified as an operational captain within the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force. Flight Lieutenant Wales, as he is known in the military, will now command Search and Rescue operations in RAF Sea King helicopters. Until now, Flight Lieutenant Wales has only co-piloted the aircraft. The operational captaincy check… Read more »

Source: Prince of Wales website, 07-Jun-12

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French suppliers about to take off with Sikorsky

French suppliers about to take off with Sikorsky

Following several successful B to B meeting in the airplane industry, UBIFRANCE – The French Trade Commission  –  will bring a delegation of French suppliers to a major player in the helicopter industry, SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT. Founded in 1925 by Igor Sikorsky, this American aircraft manufacturer currently produces military and commercial aircrafts. SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT is regrouped… Read more »

Source: UbiFrance, 07-Jun-12

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06-Jun-12 OB-1840P Sikorsky S58T Peru (14F)

Crashed in mountainous area, killing all 14 on board.  Took 48 hours approx to find wreckage, partly due to poor weather conditions and overnight temperatures down to -15C.  The helicopter was itself built in 1963 and first delivered to the German Army.  Passenger manifest now released : From South Korea:  Thois Young Hwan, Kin Today… Read more »

06-Jun-12

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New York Army National Guard tests ‘firehawk’ helicopter

New York Army National Guard tests ‘firehawk’ helicopter

A New York Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter will be testing the National Guard’s Firehawk helicopter firefighting system on the Mohawk River between the Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge (Twin Bridges) on I-87 and the Route 9 Crescent Bridge tomorrow morning (Tuesday, June 5) in Crescent, Saratoga County. The Firehawk system consists of a 1,000-gallon… Read more »

Source: US Army, 05-Jun-12

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Sikorsky Commercial Links – June 2012 edition

Source: Sikorsky, 04-Jun-12

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Raytheon wins $12M contract for MH-60 sonar maintenance

Raytheon wins $12M contract for MH-60 sonar maintenance

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, R.I., is being awarded a $12,218,916 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-08-G-0013) for specialized test equipment and “golden units” necessary to perform depot level repairs to identified airborne low frequency sonar components in support of the MH-60 aircraft.  This effort is targeted to augment… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jun-12

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31-May-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

Emergency landing made shortly after take-off

31-May-12

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Erickson Air-Crane wins $44M Greek firefighting contract

Erickson Air-Crane wins $44M Greek firefighting contract

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated, a leading operator and the manufacturer of the powerful heavy-lift helicopter, the Erickson S-64 Aircrane, today announced that the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (“NAMSA”), which provides various logistics services for NATO nations, has, as the prime contracting party, awarded the Company a three year contract to supply aerial firefighting services in… Read more »

Source: Erickson Air-Crane, 30-May-12

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Enterprise Ventures wins $12.5M deal to build MH-60S Carriage, Stream, Tow, and Recovery System

Enterprise Ventures wins $12.5M deal to build MH-60S Carriage, Stream, Tow, and Recovery System

Enterprise Ventures Corporation (EVC) has been awarded a $12.5 million contract from Naval Surface Warfare Center – Panama City Division (NSWC-PCD). Under this contract, EVC will build the U.S. Navy Carriage, Stream, Tow, and Recovery System (CSTRS) for the MH-60S helicopter. The CSTRS provides the multi-mission MH-60S helicopter with the widest, largest minesweeping capability by… Read more »

Source: Enterprise Ventures, 28-May-12

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S-92 flotation system certified

S-92 flotation system certified

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has formally approved the S-92® helicopter for Sea State 6 (SS6) conditions – up to 20-foot waves – thus completing the S-92A emergency flotation system sea state expansion. “We believe this is the first ever FAA certification to this Sea State (20-foot waves). This system was designed by the S-92… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 28-May-12

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S-76D continues on path to certification

S-76D continues on path to certification

Three S-76Dâ„¢ helicopter prototypes are in flight test at Sikorsky Aircraft’s Development Flight Center as the aircraft continues to mature in flight test and post excellent performance results. Commercial Programs Director Dan Hunter said the S-76D prototypes have logged more than 850 flight hours to date, and first quarter 2012 activity has included the collection… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 28-May-12

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Sikorsky completes first S-61T airframe modernization

Sikorsky completes first S-61T airframe modernization

Sikorsky Aircraft’s Troy, Ala., facility announced today it has completed the structural modernization of its first S-61T™ airframe, which will now undergo completion at Carson Helicopters for eventual delivery to the U.S. State Department for diplomatic service in Afghanistan.  Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The State Department signed an agreement in 2010… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 25-May-12

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Mayor Bloomberg to stop using E34 Heliport on weekends

Mayor Bloomberg to stop using E34 Heliport on weekends

A neighbour has been videoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg using his S76 in and out of East 34th Street Heliport at weekends when the heliport is closed.  Sounds to us like a mismatch between Bloomberg considering that heliport is open although the terminal is closed and fuel not available – and the neighbours who… Read more »

Source: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=8673840, 24-May-12

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Sikorsky awarded $9M for H-53 swashplate and gearbox work

Sikorsky awarded $9M for H-53 swashplate and gearbox work

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $9,064,199 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00383-06-D-003F) for the incorporation of two Naval Air Systems Command approved engineering change proposals supporting the H-53 helicopter:  Dynamic Component Change No. 97 swashplate, and Dynamic Component Change No. 94 gearbox.  Work for the nose gearboxes will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-May-12

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FlightSafety HH-60G Pave Hawk simulator enters service at Kirtland AFB

FlightSafety HH-60G Pave Hawk simulator enters service at Kirtland AFB

FlightSafety is pleased to announce that its new Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter simulator has entered service at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico as part of the U.S. Air Force’s Aircrew Training and Rehearsal Support (ATARS) program. ATARS prime contractor Lockheed Martin and FlightSafety designed the weapons systems trainer to prepare HH-60G aircrews… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 21-May-12

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NH Industries gives 10 reasons why S70B does not meet Indian Naval requirement

NH Industries gives 10 reasons why S70B does not meet Indian Naval requirement

NHI Industries lists out 10 instances where the S70B could not have met the Naval Staff Quality Requirements (NSQRs). These include requirements for internal/external tanks, fuel reserve, sonar, health and usage monitoring system, deck lock and technical literature. (see full story)

Source: Defense World, 17-May-12

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Helijet releases summer 2012 schedule and fares

Helijet releases summer 2012 schedule and fares

Vancouver based operator Helijet has just released its summer 2012 schedule and fares.  This covers its long-standing route between its heliports at Vancouver Harbour and Victoria Harbour which they operate using Sikorsky S76s. For more details, see http://www.helijet.com/helijet-schedule-information—effective-22may12.pdf   Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-May-12

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Korea requests eight MH-60R in $1 Billion package

Korea requests eight MH-60R in $1 Billion package

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Republic of Korea for eight MH-60R SEAHAWK Multi-Mission Helicopters, associated parts, equipment, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.0 billion. The Government of the Republic of Korea has requested a possible sale of… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 17-May-12

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Parker Hannifin awarded $9M for UH-60 work

Parker Hannifin awarded $9M for UH-60 work

Parker Hannifin, Irvine, Calif., was awarded a $9,482,700 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of a minimum-maximum quantity of UH-60 helicopter valves.  Work will be performed in Irvine, Calif., with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2017.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-May-12

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Donaldson delivers CH-53K ground test vehicle EAPPS units

Donaldson delivers CH-53K ground test vehicle EAPPS units

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has delivered the first complete shipset of CH-53K Engine Air Particle Protection System (EAPPS) Units to Sikorsky Aircraft. The milestone delivery supports Sikorsky’s System Development and Demonstration Program. The advanced engine protection units featuring Donaldson’s patented Strataâ„¢ Tube technology will be installed on… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 17-May-12

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US Navy demonstrates Telephonics’ radar on MH-60S

US Navy demonstrates Telephonics’ radar on MH-60S

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), announced today that the U.S. Navy conducted an exercise to demonstrate several Anti Surface Warfare concepts of operation using an MH-60S (Sierra) helicopter in conjunction with a Fire Scout Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The exercise included the use of Telephonics’ multi-mode, maritime surveillance radar on the… Read more »

Source: Telephonics, 15-May-12

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Enterprise Ventures Corp awarded $12M contract for MH-60S equipment

Enterprise Ventures Corp awarded $12M contract for MH-60S equipment

Enterprise Ventures Corp., Johnstown, Pa., is being awarded a $12,529,511 firm-fixed-price contract for the production of 12 carriage, stream, tow, and recovery system kits in support of the Naval Air Systems Command, MH-60S Airborne Mine Countermeasures Program.  The overall objectives of the program are to design, fabricate, test, and integrate a system for the carriage,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-May-12

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Irish Coast Guard record 10 years of SAR from Waterford

Irish Coast Guard record 10 years of SAR from Waterford

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD today congratulated the Irish Coast Guard as they mark the 10th anniversary of the Irish Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter base at Waterford Airport (Thursday, May 10). Speaking today, the Minister said: “For the past decade the helicopter team at the Waterford Coast Guard base… Read more »

Source: Irish Government, 14-May-12

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Irish Coast Guard to start S92 operations in June

Irish Coast Guard to start S92 operations in June

Irish Coast Guard operations manager Declan Geoghegan said the first of the new S-92 Sikorsky helicopters would begin operations at Shannon next month, to be followed in the next year with similar new aircraft at Sligo, Waterford and Dublin. (see full story)

14-May-12

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14-May-12 N903CH Sikorsky S58T Forestsville, US-Pennsylvania

Precautionary landing due to low visibility

14-May-12

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50th Anniversary of CH-54 Skycrane’s Maiden Flight

50th Anniversary of CH-54 Skycrane’s Maiden Flight

May 9, 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the maiden flight of the CH-54, the military version of the S-64 Aircrane (“Aircrane”). The basic concept of the heavy-lift, or “crane,” helicopters was an early dream of aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky. The Aircrane was designed, developed, and produced as a multi-purpose, heavy-lift aircraft. Over the years, the… Read more »

Source: Erickson Air-Crane, 11-May-12

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Sikorsky names new President to replace retiring Pino

Sikorsky names new President to replace retiring Pino

United Technologies Corp. UTX -0.72% today announced the appointment of Mick Maurer as President of its Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. subsidiary, effective July 1. Maurer will report to UTC Chairman & Chief Executive Louis Chenevert, succeeding Jeffrey P. Pino, who will retire July 1. To ensure a seamless succession, Pino and Maurer will collaborate closely during the next two… Read more »

Source: UTC, 08-May-12

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Sikorsky and Terma widen MOU as Denmark considers MH-60R

Sikorsky and Terma widen MOU as Denmark considers MH-60R

Sikorsky Aircraft and Terma today announced they have extended and broadened their previously announced Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore additional potential collaborations on aircraft programs. Both the original MOU, signed in February 2010, and the new MOU are conditioned on the Danish government’s decision to procure Sikorsky MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopters via a Foreign Military Sale… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 08-May-12

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Sikorsky awarded $43M for Taiwan UH-60M conversion work

Sikorsky awarded $43M for Taiwan UH-60M conversion work

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $43,182,000 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the engineering services to covert four UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to the specific unique configuration for Taiwan.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2014.  One bid was solicited, with one… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-May-12

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Sikorsky gets $7M more for live-fire tests of CH-53K

Sikorsky gets $7M more for live-fire tests of CH-53K

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $7,808,818 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00019-06-C-0081) to incorporate live fire test and evaluation efforts in support of the CH-53K Helicopter Program.  Work will be performed at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif. (80 percent), and Stratford, Conn. (20 percent).  Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-May-12

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Sikorsky Commercial Links – May 2012 edition

Source: Sikorsky, 04-May-12

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Sikorsky subcontractor Aero Vodochody opens new composite shop

Sikorsky subcontractor Aero Vodochody opens new composite shop

The investment for more than 100 million will bring new production capacity. AERO Vodochody, the Czech largest aircraft manufacturer opened new shop for components made of composite materials. The company believes the new and bigger workplace will bring new production capacity and attract new customers. The competitiveness of Aero will be also improved by extension… Read more »

Source: Aero Vodochody, 03-May-12

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03-May-12 G-WIWI Sikorsky S76C++ Peasmarsh, UK

Following an event in which high torque was used, flight data was analysed on behalf of the operator using incorrect conversion information relevant to earlier variants of the helicopter. The operator was therefore unaware that total torque had exceeded a level at which maintenance action was required.  This article suggests the passengers were Paul Macartney… Read more »

03-May-12

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QuesTek to demo Ferrium® S53® alloy in MH-60S rotor shaft

QuesTek to demo Ferrium® S53® alloy in MH-60S rotor shaft

QuesTek Innovations LLC has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project from the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to demonstrate QuesTek-designed Ferrium® S53® as an improved steel for Navy helicopter rotor shafts (i.e.masts), and specifically on the MH-60S helicopter designed and manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. Prototype MH-60S helicopter rotor shafts… Read more »

Source: QuesTek Innovations, 02-May-12

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Erickson Air-Crane announces Q1 conference call

Erickson Air-Crane announces Q1 conference call

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) (“Erickson Air-Crane” or the “Company”), a leading operator and manufacturer of the powerful heavy-lift helicopter, the Erickson S-64 Aircrane, today announced it will conduct a conference call at 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 10, 2012, to discuss its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Hosting the… Read more »

Source: Erickson Air-Crane, 02-May-12

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Aurora delivers engine nacelles to CH-53K program

Aurora delivers engine nacelles to CH-53K program

Aurora Flight Sciences has delivered the first pair of forward engine nacelles to Sikorsky Aircraft for assembly onto the first CH-53K prototype helicopter, the U.S. Marine Corps’ new-generation heavy lift rotorcraft. Both nacelles will be integrated onto the CH-53K Ground Test Vehicle at Sikorsky’s Florida Assembly and Flight Operations (FAFO) facility in West Palm Beach,… Read more »

Source: Aurora Flight Sciences, 01-May-12

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AAG establishes helicopter services at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport

AAG establishes helicopter services at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport

Associated Aircraft Group (AAG), the east coast’s premier executive helicopter company, has established helicopter operations at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport to provide convenient access to Manhattan from all metro airports. Travel time between Teterboro and Manhattan is less than 10 minutes aboard one of AAG’s Sikorsky S-76® executive aircraft. Associated Aircraft Group is a subsidiary… Read more »

Source: AAG, 30-Apr-12

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Lockheed Martin awarded $13M order for MH-60R radar work

Lockheed Martin awarded $13M order for MH-60R radar work

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $13,765,096 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-09-G-0005) for non-recurring and recurring efforts to design, develop, and produce new Automatic Radar Periscope Detection and Discrimination (ARPDD) configured AN/APS 153 (V) retrofit kits in support of the MH-60R aircraft.  This… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Apr-12

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Telephonics awarded contract for MMR from Lockheed Martin

Telephonics awarded contract for MMR from Lockheed Martin

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Griffon Corporation announced that its Radar Systems Division has been awarded a multi-year, full-scale production contract valued in excess of $330M from Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors. This contract is a follow on to a previously awarded multi-year contract and includes the delivery of 160 AN/APS-153… Read more »

Source: Telephonics, 27-Apr-12

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26-Apr-12 164771 Sikorsky MH-53E Virginia Beach, US-Virginia

There were no injuries among the crewmen aboard and the helicopter suffered no damage as a result of the precautionary landing.  8 POB.  C ode 540 from the press photo (link 2) leads us to believe this was Bu164771

26-Apr-12

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Sikorsky announces Gold Supplier certification for Cherokee Nation Industries

Sikorsky announces Gold Supplier certification for Cherokee Nation Industries

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced the certification of the Cherokee Nation Industries’ facility in Stilwell, Okla., as a UTC Supplier Gold site. Cherokee Nation Industries becomes the 15th Sikorsky supplier to achieve this milestone for superior operational performance.  The Supply Management Council for UTC granted the certification to… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 25-Apr-12

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24-Apr-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Isurava, Papua New Guinea

Precautionary landing due to an engine fault

24-Apr-12

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Canadian Helicopters thank the people of Ontario

Canadian Helicopters thank the people of Ontario

Ed: Canadian Helicopters posted this under the title “To the People of Ontario”, mostly as a way of concluding 35 years and 155,000 flying hours serving the province.  However, it is also seen as a way of distancing the company from the Ornge debacle Thank you for your business and your trust. Some of you… Read more »

Source: Canadian Helicopters, 23-Apr-12

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2 Kirtland AFB helicopter pilots earn DFC for action in Afghanistan

2 Kirtland AFB helicopter pilots earn DFC for action in Afghanistan

Two Air Force helicopter pilots who braved enemy fire to rescue wounded soldiers from battlefields in Afghanistan were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with valor on Friday. The medals were awarded to Capt. Marcus Maris, 37, of Raleigh, N.C., and Capt. Christopher Palmer, 31, of Cincinnati, at a Kirtland Air Force Base ceremony. Maris earned… Read more »

Source: US Army, 22-Apr-12

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Lockheed Martin awarded $61M to repair/overhaul MH-60R/S weapons assemblies

Lockheed Martin awarded $61M to repair/overhaul MH-60R/S weapons assemblies

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $61,425,658 basic ordering agreement to repair/overhaul 182 various weapons replacement assemblies and shop replaceable assemblies used in support of the common cockpit for MH-60R/S helicopters; the electronic support measurement receiver processor on the MH-60R helicopter; and the organic airborne mine counter measure on the MH-60S.  Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-12

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CHC SAR pilot suspended for landing to buy steak

CHC SAR pilot suspended for landing to buy steak

Mobile phone footage on YouTube, since removed from the site, showed two crewmen collecting a bag of beef from several butchers who were there to see the landing.  CHC has launched an inquiry and confirmed that the pilot had been suspended. (see video and story)

Source: Daily Telegraph, 21-Apr-12

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19-Apr-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Helmand Province, Afghanistan (4F)

A Black Hawk helicopter crashed Thursday in southern Afghanistan, killing all four POB.  Weather was apparently a factor.  Fatalities named as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nicholas Johnson, 27, San Diego; Spc. Dean Shaffer, 23, Pekin, Ill.; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don Viray, 25, Waipahu, Hawaii; and Spc. Chris Workman, 33, Boise, Idaho.

19-Apr-12

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JF Taylor Inc awarded $26M to upgrade four MH-60R/60S avionics maintenance trainers

JF Taylor Inc awarded $26M to upgrade four MH-60R/60S avionics maintenance trainers

JF Taylor, Inc.*, Lexington Park, Md., is being awarded a $26,415,163 firm-fixed-price contract for the upgrade of two MH-60R and two MH-60S avionics maintenance trainers; three MH-60R weapons load trainers; and two MH-60S mission configuration trainer/weapons load trainers.  Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Md. (53 percent); Tampa, Fla. (15.4 percent); Sterling, Va. (13.8… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Apr-12

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Sikorsky S76 down in Gulf of Mexico – all accounted for

Sikorsky S76 down in Gulf of Mexico – all accounted for

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Apr-12

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17-Apr-12 N56RD Sikorsky S76B Gulf of Mexico

U.S. Coast Guard responded to a downed helicopter about 82 nautical miles off Vermilion Bay in the vicinity of Vermilion Block 336. The Sikorsky S-76 was floating upside down, and the life raft had been deployed.  All 7 POB accounted for

17-Apr-12

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Sikorsky S-92 “Legacy of Heroes” tour to visit Mumbai

Sikorsky S-92 “Legacy of Heroes” tour to visit Mumbai

Sikorsky Aircraft’s S-92® “Legacy of Heroes” (LOH) demonstration helicopter will visit Mumbai this week, hosting customers and recognizing local heroes while the aircraft is at Juhu Airport until April 20. The aircraft recently began the India leg of its worldwide tour with activities over the last three weeks in Chennai, Bangaluru, Hyderabad and New Delhi. Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 16-Apr-12

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Japan – UH-60J ditches – six rescued, one fatal

Japan – UH-60J ditches – six rescued, one fatal

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Apr-12

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CAE to jointly develop Black Hawk and S92 training in Brunei

CAE to jointly develop Black Hawk and S92 training in Brunei

CAE and the Ministry of Finance of Brunei Darussalam (MOFB) today announced that they have signed a shareholders agreement under which a joint venture company, owned 60 percent by CAE and 40 percent by the Brunei Ministry of Finance, will be established to develop and operate the CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC) in Brunei… Read more »

Source: CAE, 16-Apr-12

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Sikorsky win $25M more for CH-53K maintenance

Sikorsky win $25M more for CH-53K maintenance

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $25,674,383 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-06-C-0081) to provide detailed maintenance plans in support of the CH-53K helicopter program.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., and is expected to be completed in December 2015.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Apr-12

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Grimes Aerospace (Honeywell) win $13M contract for UH-60 searchlights

Grimes Aerospace (Honeywell) win $13M contract for UH-60 searchlights

Grimes Aerospace Co., Urbana, Ohio, was awarded a $13,316,300 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of searchlights for the UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter System.  Work will be performed in Urbana, Ohio, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2017.  The bid was solicited through the Internet, with one bid received.  The… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Apr-12

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Honeywell win $14M contract to overhaul UH-60 starter motors

Honeywell win $14M contract to overhaul UH-60 starter motors

Honeywell International, Tempe, Ariz., was awarded a $14,886,266 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the overhaul and upgrade services in support of the UH-60 Black Hawk starter engine.  Work will be performed in Tempe, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of April 4, 2017.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Apr-12

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Sikorsky point finger at AgustaWestland over Indian VVIP order, says press

Sikorsky point finger at AgustaWestland over Indian VVIP order, says press

The Indian press continue to have AgustaWestland in their firing line over the order for twelve VVIP helicopters which they won with the VVIP.  Now the Express quotes an un-named Sikorsky official saying  “There’s enough conclusive evidence. Let the law take its own course. The ministry has ordered a probe and the law of the… Read more »

15-Apr-12

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15-Apr-12 Sikorsky UH-60J Mutsu Bay, Japan (1F)

Crashed into the water after main blades struck the side of destroyer Matsuyuki. 6 rescued, 1 fatal  – named as 37-year-old captain, Lt. Cmdr. Masahiko Miyanaga.

15-Apr-12

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763rd changes to 823rd Maintenance Squadron

763rd changes to 823rd Maintenance Squadron

The 763rd Maintenance Squadron transitioned to the 823rd Maintenance Squadron Apr.10 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The name change signifies the squadron’s alignment with its sister-squadrons to become a more cohesive unit. The 763rd originally fell under the 563rd Maintenance Group at Air Force Special Operations Command, but the squadron was redesignated after it… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 12-Apr-12

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Derco Repair Services offers intermittent fault detection repairs

Derco Repair Services offers intermittent fault detection repairs

Derco Repair Services, Inc. – a Sikorsky Aerospace Services Avionics Center of Excellence (ACoE) – today announced the addition of an Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System (IFDIS) that helps to easily identify and isolate intermittent faults in customers’ aircraft electrical components.  IFDIS technology offers enhanced service capabilities and provides maintenance solutions that increase safety, reduce cost… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 12-Apr-12

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VX-31 SAR crew recognized for rescue

VX-31 SAR crew recognized for rescue

The Naval Test Wing Pacific commander presented Air Medals to members of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 for a recent search and rescue (SAR) mission in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains during a ceremony April 2 at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake. The rescue mission was significant because at 11,300… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 11-Apr-12

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Shark 07 arrives at Australia’s Fleet Air Arm Museum

Shark 07 arrives at Australia’s Fleet Air Arm Museum

Chief Petty Officer Simon Hustwit’s years of experience manoeuvring a 22.15 metre helicopter were obvious when he reverse-parked Sea King Shark 07 at the Fleet Air Arm Museum yesterday. The Sea King is the latest addition to the Museum’s collection and has been installed in time for Easter and school holiday visitors to take enjoy… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 11-Apr-12

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Sikorsky S-92® “Legacy of Heroes” helicopter to visit New Delhi

Sikorsky S-92® “Legacy of Heroes” helicopter to visit New Delhi

Sikorsky Aircraft’s S-92® “Legacy of Heroes” (LOH) demonstration helicopter will visit New Delhi this week, hosting customers and recognizing local heroes while the aircraft is at Indira Gandhi International airport until April 12. The aircraft recently began the India leg of its worldwide tour with activities over the last two weeks in Chennai, Bangaluru and Hyderabad. Sikorsky is… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 10-Apr-12

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Sikorsky awarded $9.5M for UH-60 parts

Sikorsky awarded $9.5M for UH-60 parts

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $9,479,531 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of parts in support of the UH-60 Black Hawk system.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., with an estimated completion date of March 22, 2013.  Three bids were solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Apr-12

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SPX Corp awarded $28M contract for UH-60 tail rotor work

SPX Corp awarded $28M contract for UH-60 tail rotor work

SPX Corp., Newington, Conn., was awarded a $28,717,375 firm-fixed-price contract . The award will provide for the procurement of tail rotor plate assembly in support of the UH-60 Black Hawk System.  Work will be performed in Newington, Conn., with an estimated completion date of March 22, 2012.  Two bids were solicited, with two bids received. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Apr-12

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Sikorsky awarded for Corpus Christi Army Depot work

Sikorsky awarded for Corpus Christi Army Depot work

Aviation Week today presented its 2012 MRO of the Year Awards on 3rd April for outstanding achievement and innovation in aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) to four industry leaders: US Airways, Sikorsky Aerospace Services, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co., and Leading Edge Aviation Services. These prestigious annual industry awards, presented by Overhaul & Maintenance,… Read more »

Source: McGraw-Hill, 09-Apr-12

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LockMart win $1.05 Billion 5-year MH-60R/S cockpit/systems contract

LockMart win $1.05 Billion 5-year MH-60R/S cockpit/systems contract

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $1.05 billion, five-year contract to provide more than 200 digital cockpits and integrated mission systems and sensors for the Navy MH-60R “Romeo” and MH-60S “Sierra” helicopters. “U.S. Navy crews operating the 300-plus MH-60 Romeo and Sierra helicopters already in the fleet understand just how critical these aircraft are… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 09-Apr-12

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Sikorsky Commercial Links – April 2012 edition

Source: Sikorsky, 04-Apr-12

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