Vector Aerospace re-targets SeaKing / S-61 market

Vector Aerospace re-targets SeaKing / S-61 market

5-Mar-2011 Source: Vector Aerospace

Richmond, BC – Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector – a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation and one of the world’s leading independent providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services is working hard to ensure it remains ahead of the curve in relation to its ability to offer comprehensive engine; dynamic component; airframe and electrical and avionics support for S-61 and Sea King fleets operating throughout the world.

At the 2010 International SeaKing Maintenance Symposium; Hosted by Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-United Kingdom from September 28th-30th, 2010, Phil Kemp, Vector’s vice-president of airframe and avionics sales addressed common issues of obsolescence associated with the Sea King and S61 fleets, and referenced a number of solutions that Vector has used to address those issues during its 30-plus year history of supporting Sea King and S61 defence and commercial operators.

Kemp points to numerous factors, including delayed new aircraft deliveries and general budgetary contraction as key contributors to the resurgence of the S-61 and Sea King fleets among government, defence and commercial operators, and the need for innovative MRO providers to ensure these fleets remain viable in the coming years. “In addition to Vector’s extensive array of repair, overhaul and test capabilities for engines (including the T58-402 model), large and small components, airframes and avionics; Vector has continually worked individually and through strategic partnerships to expand the operational capabilities of these aircraft. Furthermore, we have invested in our capabilities to ensure we can support the aircraft safely and effectively through to its end of life.”  Kemp highlights Vector capabilities such as 9,000-hour major inspections, complete aircraft rewires, shortening capabilities and glass cockpit engineering development and integration as specialties Vector has developed over the years all that focused on providing enhanced aircraft performance, safety and reliability.

Recently, Vector collaborated with some of the avionics industry’s most recognizable brands; including Rockwell Collins, Sagem Avionics, Garmin, L-3 Communications and Becker Avionics to develop an integrated glass cockpit display for the Sikorsky S61 that provides enhanced operational characteristics, safety, reliability and supportability. “We are in the process of concluding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test flights on the most recent Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) integrated solution; a suite developed and Supplemental Type Certified (STC) by Vector for the STC holder, Carson Helicopters. This IFR-certified architecture will prove to be the basis for cost effective and robust options on a variety of other legacy helicopter platforms.  As we move forward, we will continue to work with customers and Original Equipment Manufacturers to develop viable and adaptable upgrade solutions that meet mission requirements for operation in either commercial or governmental roles,” explains Elvis Moniz, vice-president of operations at Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-Langley.

“The industry is experiencing increased interest and commitment from operators such government agencies and foreign militaries who are either refitting or resurrecting aircraft to meet current operational commitments, and we do not anticipate any change in that trend over the short to medium term,” says Kemp. “The SeaKing is an exceptionally safe and capable helicopter that still numbers more than 600 world-wide. We anticipate both the Sikorsky and AgustaWestland versions to remain critical operational platforms in the coming years, and its Vector’s goal to ensure both our North American and United Kingdom helicopter MRO centers remain at the forefront of innovation, expertise and capability.

Vector is a world-leader in providing comprehensive engine, dynamic component, structures and avionics maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to SEA KING and S61 operators from around the globe.

Visit Vector Aerospace at Heli-Expo (booth #2137) to meet with our Sales and Marketing, and Customer Support team

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