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Bird’s Eye View Helicopters Launches NE & NY Charter Services

Bird’s Eye View Helicopters Launches NE & NY Charter Services

Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours has expanded. The premium sky tour and experience company is now offering private charter services within Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. The Iconic Viper Red Helicopter, that soars high above the skies of beautiful Newport, Rhode Island; now has a twin. The new 2017 Robinson R44… Read more »

Source: Bird's Eye View Helicopters, 18-Jul-17

New Life Star Hangar in Meriden

New Life Star Hangar in Meriden

This week saw the opening of Life Star’s new hangar at MidState Medical Centre in Meriden. The new hangar allows patients to be transported directly to Hartford Hospital. The new hangar has offices, quarters for the crew, a heated helipad, a maintenance lift, a fuel tank that can hold up to 12, 000 gallons and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Feb-17

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Kaman Completes First K-MAX® Aiframe from Jacksonville Production Line

Kaman Completes First K-MAX® Aiframe from Jacksonville Production Line

Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman) (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it has successfully delivered its first airframe from the re-opened K-MAX® production line in Jacksonville, Florida to the Company’s plant in Bloomfield, Connecticut where it will undergo final assembly, testing, and certification. “There will be a number of efforts occurring simultaneously over the next few months, including the… Read more »

Source: Kaman Aerosystems, 19-Jan-17

Sikorsky Remaining in Connecticut for 16 Years

Sikorsky Remaining in Connecticut for 16 Years

Sikorsky Aircraft has recently signed a deal to remain based in Connecticut for 16 years. Under the agreement Sikorsky has to provide 8000 employment opportunities, relocate 200 CH-53K King Stallions to Connecticut and double their spending costs of $350 million with state suppliers. This agreement will benefit Sikorsky as they will be qualified for $8.57… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-16

United Aero Group donates S76 to Connecticut Air & Space Center

United Aero Group donates S76 to Connecticut Air & Space Center

Local company United Aero Group have donated a Sikorsky S-76A to the Connecticut Air & Space Center, a restoration museum that currently occupies buildings 6 and 53 at the former Stratford Army Engine Plant complex. The company acquired the early ‘A” model aircraft and a sister ship from a Lider Air Taxi in Brazil and… Read more »

Source: United Aero Group, 06-Apr-16

Two Connecticut Senators urge Germany to buy CH-53K

Two Connecticut Senators urge Germany to buy CH-53K

Today, ahead of Germany’s planned procurement of up to 70 heavy-lift helicopters, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen urging the country to replace their existing fleet with the new, Sikorsky-made CH-53K King Stallion aircraft. Murphy and Blumenthal emphasized that… Read more »

Source: Chris Murphy, 22-Feb-16

Life Star BK117 in Meriden returns to Hartford for winter

Life Star BK117 in Meriden returns to Hartford for winter

Due to colder temperatures, the critical care Life Star BK117 stationed at MidState Medical Center will move to a heated hangar at Hartford Hospital to protect the aircraft in the winter.  See full story

Source: MyRecordJournal, 15-Jan-16

Workers sues Sikorsky over discrimination claims

Workers sues Sikorsky over discrimination claims

A longtime Sikorsky employee has alleged the Stratford-based aircraft company has not followed federal disabilities rules—claims the company denies. See Full Story

Source: CT post, 24-Sep-15

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LifeStar becomes first in Connecticut to carry blood

LifeStar becomes first in Connecticut to carry blood

On June 29, 2015, LIFE STAR crew members made history.They performed the first blood transfusion in the    state    to a critically injured patient while en route to Hartford Hospital’s Level-One Trauma Center. Weeks earlier, LIFE STAR began carrying blood products on board the Hartford Hospital-based aircraft. On July 7th, LIFE STAR II began carrying blood… Read more »

Source: Hartford Hospital, 27-Aug-15

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Life Star helps inaugurate helipad at MidState Medical Center

Life Star helps inaugurate helipad at MidState Medical Center

The roar could be heard minutes before the blue helicopter appeared above the treetops from the east, rustling trees and bushes before touching down on the marked pavement. See Full Story

Source: My Record Journal, 10-Aug-15

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Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

The Kaman Corporation board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 16 cents per common share. The dividend will be paid on October 2, 2014 to shareholders of record on September 16, 2014. About Kaman Corporation Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 14-Aug-14

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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

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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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Draft ordinance considers heliport in West Hartford

Draft ordinance considers heliport in West Hartford

A draft ordinance allowing heliports to be built on the ground level of certain properties is currently being considered by the Town of West Hartford.  See full story

13-Mar-14

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Sikorsky only committed to HQ in Connecticut for five years

Sikorsky only committed to HQ in Connecticut for five years

The state of Connecticut and United Technologies have reached an agreement that represents a long-term commitment to Connecticut by the aerospace conglomerate, but only five years for Sikorsky.  See full story

Source: Shelton Herald, 27-Feb-14

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Bad Timing – Sikorsky lays off 600 as Heli-Expo opens

Bad Timing – Sikorsky lays off 600 as Heli-Expo opens

Sikorsky announced Friday a workforce reduction of “approximately 600 employees, mostly in Connecticut” due to “the challenging and unstable economic conditions that continue to affect our industry,” – See full story

Source: Stratford Star, 22-Feb-14

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Sikorsky workers agree to 10% increase over four years, plus $4000 bonus

Sikorsky workers agree to 10% increase over four years, plus $4000 bonus

Late Sunday afternoon, Sikorsky workers voted overwhelmingly (2098 to 66) in favour of a new four-year deal that includes 10% wage increases over the life of the contract, $4,000 in signing bonuses ($2,000 paid in each of the first 2 years), a 15% increase in the pension multiplier and a 20% increase to the cash balance… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Dec-13

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Sikorsky axes 200 jobs – blames US military cuts

Sikorsky axes 200 jobs – blames US military cuts

Helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is cutting 200 hourly jobs, blaming reduced spending by the federal government and other countries and rising costs to compete. see full story

Source: Hartford Courant, 12-Sep-13

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Sikorsky to cut 200 jobs

Sikorsky to cut 200 jobs

Sikorsky, dealing with defense cuts and rising costs, said Thursday it is laying off about 200 employees, mostly in Connecticut.   see full story

Source: Hartford Courant, 01-Jul-13

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Sikorsky bullish on S92 for Presidential VXX program

Sikorsky bullish on S92 for Presidential VXX program

Following the U.S. Navy’s release of the final Request for Proposals for The Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VXX), Sikorsky Aircraft issued the following statement: The men and women of Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin are ready to offer Sikorsky’s proven S-92® helicopter in response to the U.S. Navy’s formal Request for Proposals to build the next… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 07-May-13

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17-Jan-13 N26NE Robinson R22 Ellington, US-Connecticut

Rolled over onto starboard side on training flight, 2 POB not injured

17-Jan-13

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02-Jun-12 N406LH Eurocopter AS355F1 New London, US-Connecticut

Helicopter landed on beach after encountering fog

02-Jun-12

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14-Apr-12 N1152W Robinson R22 Farmington, US-Connecticut

R22 piloted by state Rep. Bill Wadsworth crashed in a wood, injuring passenger Irene Van – who is quoted as saying “We were coming over the trees and all of a sudden we went into a crazy spin”

14-Apr-12

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Hartford Hospital’s Life Star wins AAMS award

Hartford Hospital’s Life Star wins AAMS award

It’s the life-saving medical helicopter that has been saving lives since 1985, and its team just received a great honor. The LIFE STAR program, owned and operated by Hartford Hospital, has been selected as a recipient of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) Program of the Year for 2011. The Program of the Year… Read more »

Source: Hartford Hospital, 22-Nov-11

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Sikorsky brings cogeneration plant on line in Stratford

Sikorsky brings cogeneration plant on line in Stratford

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today commissioned a combined heat and power cogeneration facility that produces enough power to supply 84 percent of the company’s 2-million-square-foot Stratford, Conn., facility’s needs.  That output equates to the annual energy use of approximately 1,100 area homes.  Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The new system also will… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Oct-11

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Sikorsky and union enter talks on job cuts

Sikorsky and union enter talks on job cuts

It could take weeks for Sikorsky Aircraft and Teamsters Local 1150 to hammer out details over looming layoffs at the helicopter maker after a deadline for submitting names of union workers who want a voluntary separation package passed on Friday.  (Full story)

Source: Connecticut Post, 10-Oct-11

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Sikorsky adds 165,000 sq.ft office

Sikorsky adds 165,000 sq.ft office

Despite recent downsizing announcements, Sikorsky has taken on more than 165,000 square feet of additional space in Shelton in the building that served as Health Net Inc.’s Northeast headquarters. (Full story)

Source: Westfair Online, 07-Oct-11

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HAI to attend AOPA Aviation Summit

HAI to attend AOPA Aviation Summit

From Sept. 22-24, HAI will be attending the 2011 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Aviation Summit at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. The summit will bring together thousands of highly qualified pilots and aircraft owners. Come along to booth #532 and meet HAI President Matt Zuccaro, Vice President of Business Development &… Read more »

Source: HAI, 22-Sep-11

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567 Sikorky job cuts to fall mainly in Connecticut

567 Sikorky job cuts to fall mainly in Connecticut

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) issued the following statement in response to the layoff announcement of 419 workers in Connecticut, 384 of which are hourly workers, out of a total of 567 layoffs worldwide. “I am extremely disappointed that Sikorsky will be laying off 419 workers in Connecticut. Keeping good, high-skilled Sikorsky manufacturing jobs in the… Read more »

Source: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, 20-Sep-11

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Sikorsky supports Scout camp for 10th year

Sikorsky supports Scout camp for 10th year

Celebrating the landmark 10-year anniversary of Camp Sikorsky, more than 400 Boy and Girl Scouts and their leaders – from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York – will pitch their tents today for a three-day campout on the Sikorsky Aircraft grounds in Stratford. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a subsidiary of… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 16-Sep-11

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Unsung engine pioneer gets exhibit at Helicopter Museum

Unsung engine pioneer gets exhibit at Helicopter Museum

Missing from almost every list of “aviation pioneers” is Anselm Franz, the turbine engine genius who was responsible for the first jet engine, the first helicopter turbine engine and the first “high bypass” turbofan engine.  (Full story)

Source: Connecticut Post, 22-Aug-11

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Life Star staying at Norwich hospital despite state cuts

Life Star staying at Norwich hospital despite state cuts

Hartford Hospital officials have renewed their commitment to keeping the Life Star program at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT (Full story)

Source: Norwich Bulletin, 24-Jul-11

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Sikorsky loses appeal to move Cougar S92 case to Connecticut

Sikorsky loses appeal to move Cougar S92 case to Connecticut

Aviation manufacturer Sikorsky has lost another court challenge in its attempt to move a lawsuit over the fatal 2009 Cougar Helicopters crash to the U.S.  The company has argued that a pending lawsuit should be heard in Connecticut, where the company is based.  (full story)

05-Jul-11

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services cuts 39 jobs

Sikorsky Aerospace Services cuts 39 jobs

Sikorsky Aerospace Services, which provides logistical support and spare parts, cut about 39 jobs across the country, including an undetermined number of positions in Shelton and Stratford, sources at the company said.  Full story here

Source: Connecticut Post, 04-Jul-11

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29-May-11 N8313E Robinson R22 Redding, US-Connecticut

Precautionary landing after tail rotor issue

29-May-11

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HAI co-sponsors NBAA North East Safety Symposium

HAI co-sponsors NBAA North East Safety Symposium

HAI is co-sponsoring the NBAA North East Safety Symposium Thurs., May 19 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at TAC Air in Windsor Locks, Conn. The safety program is geared toward Airports, FBOs and Helicopter crews. Hear professionals discuss: WILDLIFE STRIKE AVOIDANCE and WILDLIFE MITIGATION RAMP and FBO SAFETY MISSION SAFETY AIRCRAFT INTERDICTION Presentations will be made… Read more »

Source: HAI, 21-Apr-11

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20-Mar-11 N145LF Eurocopter EC145 Putnam, US-Connecticut

While loading patient, an ED technician dressed in a blue plastic gown came sprinting around from the far side of the aircraft.  The pilot was able to intercept this individual but not before he had come under the rotor disk and near the tail. While loading patient at Day Kimball Hospital, Putnam, CT, an ED… Read more »

20-Mar-11

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Sikorsky plans new facility for CH-53K transmission testing

Sikorsky plans new facility for CH-53K transmission testing

The planned 12,000 square-foot building is one-story with a mezzanine for storage The structure would not expand the footprint of Sikorsky’s Stratford campus.

Source: CT Post, 01-Nov-10

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200 job losses at Sikorsky

200 job losses at Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft said Friday that it eliminated about 1 percent of the company’s global workforce due to weakness in the market for commercial helicopters. That amounts to about 200 jobs.

Source: Hartford Courant, 02-Oct-10

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Sikorsky official to discuss ‘green’ techniques

Sikorsky official to discuss ‘green’ techniques

Robert J. Araujo, manager of sustainable development and environmental health and safety programs for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., will present a free lecture about “Sustainability and Sikorsky”

Source: http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/08/29/business/doc4c79a7a292e5b635572529.txt, 30-Aug-10

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Fundraiser held for Life Star program

Fundraiser held for Life Star program

A former Hartford Hospital heart transplant patient landed in the Life Star helicopter Sunday afternoon on the hospital’s helipad, capping a fundraiser for the Life Star helicopter program

Source: Hartford Courant, 05-Aug-10

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EDAC Technologies awarded $5.3M rotorcraft parts contract

EDAC Technologies awarded $5.3M rotorcraft parts contract

EDAC Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: EDAC), a diversified designer, manufacturer and servicer of precision components for aerospace and industrial applications, today announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement to supply a major rotating component for a leading manufacturer of rotorcraft.  The agreement has an initial term of three years, with an option for an additional… Read more »

Source: EDAC Technologies, 03-Aug-10

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State of Connecticut owes Sikorsky $1M in tax breaks

State of Connecticut owes Sikorsky $1M in tax breaks

Connecticut’s Supreme Court says the state owes almost $1 million to Sikorsky Aircraft for denying the helicopter maker a tax exemption it deserved.

Source: Boston Globe, 20-Jul-10

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Sikorsky dedicates solar power installation

Sikorsky dedicates solar power installation

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service, and Soltage, a leading U.S. renewable energy provider, today celebrated the activation of Sikorsky’s first solar photovoltaic system as part of  its clean energy program. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The Solar PowerStation – constructed, owned and operated… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 07-Jul-10

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Hartford Hospital’s Life Star turns 25

Hartford Hospital’s Life Star turns 25

Dr. Cathryn Fogel has seen it all. An anesthesiologist at Hartford Hospital, Dr. Fogel is often working in the level 1 Trauma center when some of the most critical calls come in. But she never expected to hear her own daughter was a patient flown in on LIFE STAR. “That particular evening around 10 o’clock,… Read more »

Source: Hartford Hospital, 21-Jun-10

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Life Star celebrating its 25th anniversary

Life Star celebrating its 25th anniversary

Approximately 1,150 patients are transported each year by Life Star to hospitals across Connecticut and in New England. The service will mark its 25th anniversary June 18.

Source: Republican American, 28-May-10

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Times Square bomber had Sikorsky on target list

Times Square bomber had Sikorsky on target list

Failed Times Sq bomber Faisal Shahzad told interrogators he wanted to hit the city’s Rockefeller Plaza, Grand Central Terminal, the World Financial Center and the Connecticut headquarters of Sikorsky if his Times Square attack were successful

Source: New York Post, 19-May-10

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Hartford Hospital’s Life Star Off Critical List — For Now

Hartford Hospital’s Life Star Off Critical List — For Now

The state has made it clear that they have no plans to reduce the program’s funding as part of budget planning for the 2010 or 2011 fiscal years.

Source: Hartford Business Journal, 21-Mar-10

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Sikorsky parent company CFO says Connecticut is too expensive

Sikorsky parent company CFO says Connecticut is too expensive

“Anyplace outside of Connecticut is low-cost,” United Technologies Corp.’s chief financial officer, Gregory Hayes, told Wall Street investment analysts — paraphrasing previous remarks by another UTC executive, Jeff Pino, president of Sikorsky Aircraft.

Source: Hartford Courant, 14-Mar-10

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Budget woes affect future of Life Star emergency helicopters

Connecticut’s air ambulance, called LIFE STAR, is on life support and the only thing that can save it is a budget agreement between state leaders.

Source: NECN, 20-Aug-09

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Sikorsky Changes Security After Employee’s Found With Gun

A mechanic accused of roaming Sikorsky Aircraft’s flight-testing field in Stratford with a shotgun and looking for terrorists has concerned the company enough to think deeply about its security measures.

Source: NBS Connecticut, 20-Aug-09

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Sikorsky employee detained in restricted flight test area with loaded shotgun

A Sikorsky Aircraft employee who told police he was concerned about terrorists infiltrating the defense contractor’s Main Street plant was arrested when he was caught driving around the factory’s flight area with a loaded shotgun and ammunition.

Source: Connecticut Post, 13-Aug-09

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Eagle 1 volunteers cited for lofty ambitions, including Sikorsky’s Pino

Source: Connecticut Post, 22-Apr-09

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Budget proposal would remove funding for Connecticut’s Life Star helicopter

Source: Mansfield Today, 03-Apr-09

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