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CAE and Lider Aviacao launch Sikorsky S-92 training in Sao Paulo

CAE and Lider Aviacao launch Sikorsky S-92 training in Sao Paulo

CAE, a world leader in aviation training, and Lider Aviacao, the largest helicopter operator in Brazil, today announced that they are now offering S-92 Sikorsky aircraft training at CAE’s Sao Paulo training centre near Congonhas downtown airport. CAE and Lider already offer S-76 training in Sao Paulo. The S-92 training program is an extension of… Read more »

Source: CAE, 05-Dec-14

Are Cardinal Helicopter Services operating Trump’s UK S76?

Are Cardinal Helicopter Services operating Trump’s UK S76?

HeliHub.com is hearing that Cardinal Helicopter Services, based at City Heliport Manchester with their own S76C++, are the front runners to provide pilots and full management of the aircraft to the Trump organisation for their UK-based Sikorsky S76B. As we noted earlier this week, Trump has struck a deal with Prestwick Airport and the helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Nov-14

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Waypoint Leasing acquires 31 CHC aircraft to surpass $1 Billion of assets

Waypoint Leasing acquires 31 CHC aircraft to surpass $1 Billion of assets

Waypoint Leasing (“Waypoint”), a leading global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has reached an agreement with First Reserve, the largest global private equity and infrastructure investment firm exclusively focused on energy, to acquire a portfolio of 31 in-demand, new technology aircraft. The portfolio includes 18 AgustaWestland AW139s, 11 Sikorsky S-92s and two Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 04-Nov-14

Helijet Eyes Kitimat as Heliport Location

Helijet Eyes Kitimat as Heliport Location

A major helicopter company has announced it’s proposing a year-round heliport facility at Kitimat. See Full Storey

Source: CFTK TV, 04-Nov-14

MPP not surprised by committee’s report on Ornge

MPP not surprised by committee’s report on Ornge

MPP Gilles Bisson isn’t surprised to hear a legislative committee is pinning the blame for the deadly mess with Ornge air ambulance on the Ministry of Health and poor management. See Full Storey

Source: Timmins Press, 04-Nov-14

Spanish Air Force celebrates 50,000 hours on S-76C fleet

Spanish Air Force celebrates 50,000 hours on S-76C fleet

On October 14, at 10:30 am, the crew of Air Force instructor Juan Jose Villaescusa Adam and Army Sergeant student Juan Carlos Román Hernández reached the milestone 50,000 flight hours for the Spanish military Sikorsky S-76C fleet.  The flight was an instrument rating training flight operated by 781 Squadron. Upon landing, the crew was received… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Oct-14

AAG joins Air Charter Safety Foundation

AAG joins Air Charter Safety Foundation

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Associated Aircraft Group (AAG®), Wappingers Falls, New York, is the newest company to join the ACSF.  Along with 100 other companies, AAG supports the ACSF’s vision to enable on-demand air charter providers and fractional program managers to achieve the highest levels of safety in… Read more »

Source: AAG, 21-Oct-14

AAG Achieves IS-BAO Stage II Registration

AAG Achieves IS-BAO Stage II Registration

Associated Aircraft Group (AAG(R)), the Northeast’s largest premier executive Sikorsky S-76(R) helicopter service, is proud to announce that it has earned International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage II Registration, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to safety and its Safety Management System (SMS). Certificates of Registration are issued by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC)… Read more »

Source: AAG, 21-Oct-14

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Associated Aircraft Group Celebrates 25 Years of Helicopter Services

Associated Aircraft Group Celebrates 25 Years of Helicopter Services

Associated Aircraft Group (AAG®), the East Coast’s premier executive helicopter service, has announced that September 2014 marked AAG’s 25th year of providing executive helicopter transportation and maintenance services in the Northeast.  With a fleet of nine helicopters, AAG provides a full complement of helicopter services, including supplemental lift for flight departments, helicopter charter through the… Read more »

Source: AAG, 20-Oct-14

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Sikorsky miss Helitech due to market conditions

Sikorsky miss Helitech due to market conditions

Notable by its absence from Helitech, we have been in contact with Sikorsky to find out why they are not represented at Europe’s biggest helicopter trade show.  Paul Jackson from Sikorsky told us “Sikorsky made a business decision to forgo Helitech this year based purely on prevailing economics and market conditions.” With Helitech organisers Reed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Oct-14

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Vector Aerospace showcases expanded civil sector capabilities at Helitech

Vector Aerospace showcases expanded civil sector capabilities at Helitech

Vector Aerospace, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has increased its presence at Helitech 2014 (Stand M 40). The event, which takes place in Amsterdam RAI from 14-16 October, will provide an international showcase for Vector’s expanding range of capabilities in the civil and parapublic rotary wing sector. Vector Aerospace… Read more »

Source: Vector, 30-Sep-14

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UK – Castle Air adds S76 maintenance

UK – Castle Air adds S76 maintenance

Well-known British operator Castle Air has received CAA approval for base and line maintenance of the Sikorsky S76 with no limitations to any particular engine type. Currently they are approved to carry out base and line maintenance of the S76 with Turbomeca Arriel engines at Biggin Hill and only line maintenance of this variant at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Sep-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

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sikorsky transfers S76A maintenance trainer to Canadore College

Sikorsky transfers S76A maintenance trainer to Canadore College

Sikorsky Aircraft participated in a transfer ceremony of an S-76A™ helicopter maintenance trainer to Canadore College earlier today for use as a hands-on training aid for students in the School of Aviation Technology. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). “Sikorsky is delighted that this aircraft’s life will continue as a maintenance… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 02-May-14

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Bristow Group booth at OTC to feature S76D

Bristow Group booth at OTC to feature S76D

Bristow Group, which operates the largest fleet of commercial helicopters in the world for offshore transport to oil and gas platforms, will appear for the first time at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2014. Visitors to Bristow’s air-conditioned booth #917 will have a first-time glimpse of the newest Sikorsky aircraft, the advanced technology S-76D™ helicopter,… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 29-Apr-14

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Jingcheng receives China’s first S-76D

Jingcheng receives China’s first S-76D

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that Yunnan Jingcheng Group accepted delivery of the first S-76D™ aircraft that will operate in China. The aircraft is configured for transportation of corporate and government VIPs. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Sikorsky recently announced at the 2014 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition that the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 25-Apr-14

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FAA creates new type of experimental certificate

FAA creates new type of experimental certificate

On Tuesday March 25th, SARA, the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft, reached yet another milestone as the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) granted a new type of experimental certificate – Optionally Piloted Vehicle Experimental Certificate for the aircraft. The event was a key step in the process as SARA makes her way to full autonomous flight. Members… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 22-Apr-14

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Sikorsky launches partnership in Trinidad and Tobago

Sikorsky launches partnership in Trinidad and Tobago

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further explore Sikorsky’s potential participation in the Trinidad and Tobago Aviation Institute, scheduled to open in September. Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), made the announcement during the FIDAE International Air and Space Fair here in Santiago. Under… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-Mar-14

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Northland Emergency Services Trust build their own S76 simulator

Northland Emergency Services Trust build their own S76 simulator

The state of the art machine, located at Whangarei airport, is made using the cockpit and fuselage of a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter and is powered by five computers.  See full story

Source: NZ Herald, 13-Mar-14

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Aviation Specialties Unlimited Obtains FAA and Transport Canada STC for S76B

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Obtains FAA and Transport Canada STC for S76B

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Inc. (ASU) added a new Transport Canada and revised FAA STC to its growing list of STCs after successfully completing an NVIS Lighting System installation on a Sikorsky S76 B in Canada. “This is the fifth joint STC with the FAA and Transport Canada that we have obtained for NVG use on… Read more »

Source: ASU, 13-Mar-14

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Compensation unresolved over S76C+ crash into Korean apartment block

Compensation unresolved over S76C+ crash into Korean apartment block

Residents of a Hyundai I-Park apartment complex in southern Seoul which a helicopter owned by LG Electronics crashed into last year have still not received financial compensation from the company, according to a tenants’ group  See full story

Source: Korean Times, 10-Mar-14

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Pratt & Whitney Canada signs FMP® Agreement with Bristow Helicopters

Pratt & Whitney Canada signs FMP® Agreement with Bristow Helicopters

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and Bristow Group, headquartered in Houston, Texas, have signed a long-term Fleet Management Program (FMP) agreement for the maintenance of PW210S engines installed on Bristow’s fleet of Sikorsky S-76D helicopters. Bristow Group is one of the leading providers of helicopter services for the worldwide offshore energy industry. P&WC’s FMP agreements… Read more »

Source: P&WC, 03-Mar-14

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Sikorsky’s Matrix™ Technology Program Launches Phase 2 of Flight Test Activities

Sikorsky’s Matrix™ Technology Program Launches Phase 2 of Flight Test Activities

Sikorsky Aircraft’s Matrix™ Technology autonomy research program has progressed to the second phase of flight test activities with the installation of advanced sensors that will allow the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) to conduct real-time perception work. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). SARA – an S-76® commercial helicopter outfitted with… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-Feb-14

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Summit Aviation named Customer Support Center for legacy S76 models

Summit Aviation named Customer Support Center for legacy S76 models

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today the signing of an agreement that names Summit Aviation Inc., a Greenwich AeroGroup company based in Middletown, Del., as an authorized Customer Support Center (CSC) for Sikorsky’s S-76® legacy helicopters. Summit Aviation will offer complete aftermarket support for scheduled maintenance and related services, including full maintenance management, inspections and spare-parts… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-Feb-14

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Milestone leases world’s first operational S-76D to National Helicopter Services

Milestone leases world’s first operational S-76D to National Helicopter Services

Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo that it has financed the delivery of a Sikorsky S-76D to Trinidad and Tobago’s National Helicopter Services Limited (NHSL). The NHSL, which is a joint venture between the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and The National Gas Company of… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation Group, 26-Feb-14

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Honeywell Fleet Tracking System Certified For S-76, AW139, AS350

Honeywell Fleet Tracking System Certified For S-76, AW139, AS350

Sky Connect Tracker III is the first system that enables simultaneous worldwide automated tracking, text messaging and voice capabilities to improve crew and passenger safety and increase aircraft availability. The all-in-one voice, text and tracking system from Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificates for the Sikorsky S-76, AgustaWestland AW139 and Airbus AS350 rotorcraft platforms…. Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 26-Feb-14

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Sikorsky announces S-76D Entry Into Service program

Sikorsky announces S-76D Entry Into Service program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced its Entry Into Service program for the S-76D™ line of aircraft. The S-76D Entry into Service program includes customer training, service, support and focused customer communication, as well as the tracking of customer fleet analytics. “The S-76D aircraft is Sikorsky’s first new commercial product launch since 2004. We’re excited about… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 25-Feb-14

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Zoning approval gives green light for MYU Helicopters new heliport

Zoning approval gives green light for MYU Helicopters new heliport

St Charles Parish Council voted yesterday 6-3 to approve a zoning change which paves the way for MYU Helicopters to build a new heliport at Luling, Louisiana See full story

Source: Nola.com, 18-Feb-14

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Turbomeca extends support contract with Travira Air in Indonesia

Turbomeca extends support contract with Travira Air in Indonesia

During Singapore Airshow, Turbomeca (Safran) announced its agreement with Indonesia’s PT Travira Air for a Customer Support agreement extending a “Support By The Hour” (SBH®) contract for five more years. The €5.7 million ($9.5 million) contract covers a total of 20 engines (Arriel 1D1, 2S1, 2S2 and 1S1), including spares, fitted to seven Sikorsky S76… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 12-Feb-14

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MYU Helicopters heliport plan faces challenges from neighbours

MYU Helicopters heliport plan faces challenges from neighbours

Already operating out of the back yard behind his house (with two S76s and three B407s), Tim Mayeux is facing difficulties from the owner of a business park (away from the residential area) where he would like to build a new $3M heliport.  See full story

04-Feb-14

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ORNGE cuts 25 jobs in management shake-up

ORNGE cuts 25 jobs in management shake-up

A dramatic restructuring at ORNGE has eliminated 25 senior jobs as managers take a broom to the costly legacy of former boss Chris Mazza and his global ambitions for the air ambulance operator – see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 30-Jan-14

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Rumours of Sikorsky sell-off exaggerated – for now…

Rumours of Sikorsky sell-off exaggerated – for now…

The aerospace sector has been awash in rumours over the last week that United Technologies would sell or spin off its Sikorsky helicopter unit  See full story

Source: Forbes, 29-Jan-14

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First S-76D delivered – to Bristow Helicopters

First S-76D delivered – to Bristow Helicopters

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that it delivered its first fully configured S-76D™ helicopter, the latest in the long and highly successful Sikorsky S-76® commercial aircraft family, to the Bristow Group Inc. in December. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The delivery follows an announcement in March 2013 that Bristow would acquire up to… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 06-Jan-14

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Helicopter Museum seeks “venerable beast” Alouette III, and more

Helicopter Museum seeks “venerable beast” Alouette III, and more

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare, UK, is seeking two particular aircraft to expand what is already a most impressive line-up of helicopters. In a posting on a popular forum website, the user heli1 – widely believed to be the Chairman of the Museum’s Trustees, Elfan ap Rees – posted a request initially for an Alouette… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-14

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Profile – Danny Sitnam, President and CEO of Helijet

Profile – Danny Sitnam, President and CEO of Helijet

When Danny Sitnam started a scheduled passenger helicopter service between Vancouver and Victoria 27 years ago, a potential partner told him it was the stupidest idea ever. Sitnam went for it anyway.  See full story

Source: Vancouver Sun, 01-Jan-14

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British Columbia EMS helicopters to carry blood

British Columbia EMS helicopters to carry blood

Trauma patients who require blood transfusions on air ambulances will now have timelier access to blood products and improved medical outcomes, thanks to a new program announced today. “When patients require an emergency blood transfusion their condition is critical and time is of the essence,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “This new program is a… Read more »

Source: BCAS, 23-Dec-13

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Gama Aviation Exhibiting at Heli UK Expo 2014

Gama Aviation Exhibiting at Heli UK Expo 2014

Gama Aviation has confirmed their attendance at the Heli UK Expo at Sywell Aerodrome, from 3rd – 4th June 2014. Gama Engineering Ltd. has earned a reputation for excellence in the field of aircraft and helicopter maintenance and support. Fully validated by both their EASA/FAR Part 145 approval status in addition to their full turn-key EASA Part 21J design, Part 21G… Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 20-Dec-13

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RUAG Aviation opens new S76 facility in Sion, Switzerland

RUAG Aviation opens new S76 facility in Sion, Switzerland

In a move to further improve support for its international customers, RUAG Aviation is establishing a new helicopter facility at Sion Airport in western Switzerland. Launching in early 2014, the facility will initially focus primarily on the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Sikorsky S-76 helicopters. Further helicopter types may subsequently be added to the portfolio…. Read more »

Source: Ruag Aviation, 19-Dec-13

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Wheels Up announces official partnership with HeliFlite

Wheels Up announces official partnership with HeliFlite

Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO of Wheels Up, the revolutionary membership-based private aviation company and Kurt Carlson, CEO of HeliFlite, a full-service helicopter operator offering on-demand charter, have jointly announced a partnership providing Wheels Up members access to HeliFlite’s fleet of Bell 430 and Sikorsky S-76 executive-class helicopters for transfers between Manhattan and Tri-state area airports, effective… Read more »

Source: Wheels Up, 15-Dec-13

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ORNGE endangered helicopter pilots, federal probe says

ORNGE endangered helicopter pilots, federal probe says

ORNGE failed to ensure the safety of its helicopter operations and endangered its pilots, federal investigators say in a damning indictment that orders immediate changes at the medical transport agency. See full story

Source: Toronto Star, 20-Nov-13

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NZ – New Chairman appointed at Northland Emergency Services Trust

NZ – New Chairman appointed at Northland Emergency Services Trust

Appointment follows the resignation of founding head John Bain Bain , whose commitment to NEST extends 25 years, where he was an instrumental part in establishing the dedicated rescue helicopter service for people in Northland.  See full story

18-Nov-13

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New operator Atlantic Aviation starts offshore flights in Nigeria

New operator Atlantic Aviation starts offshore flights in Nigeria

Atlantic Aviation, an indigenous company wholly owned by Jagal Group with technical service support given by CHC, completed its first commercial offshore flight for Total Exploration &Production Nigeria Limited off the Nigerian coast.  See full story

Source: Daily TImes, 05-Nov-13

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Vector Aerospace and Era Helicopters Sign 5 year support contract for S76 and AS350 fleets

Vector Aerospace and Era Helicopters Sign 5 year support contract for S76 and AS350 fleets

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (“HS-NA”), has signed a five-year agreement with Era Helicopters LLC (“Era”) for repair and overhaul of dynamic components for Era’s Sikorsky S76 and Eurocopter AS350 fleets. As per the terms of the five-year agreement, HS-NA will provide Era with inspection, repair, overhaul, testing, modification and other services as… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 31-Oct-13

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Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing contracts for two S-92s and two S-76Ds

Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing contracts for two S-92s and two S-76Ds

Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing, the helicopter operating leasing business of Macquarie Group, has contracted to acquire two S-92A(TM) and two S-76D(TM) helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. along with an unspecified number of options to acquire additional aircraft. The four new helicopters will be configured initially for the oil and gas service markets. Sikorsky Aircraft is a… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 29-Oct-13

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Sikorsky announce AAG as first S-76D Customer Support Center

Sikorsky announce AAG as first S-76D Customer Support Center

Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) announced today that Associated Aircraft Group (AAG), headquartered in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., will provide comprehensive maintenance management, inspections and spare parts procurement for customers operating the new Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter.  Both SAS and AAG are part of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) During the National Business… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 22-Oct-13

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Sikorsky S-76D simulator enters service

Sikorsky S-76D simulator enters service

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and FlightSafety International today jointly announced the launch of the first full flight simulator for Sikorsky’s S-76D™ helicopter platform. Located at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., the new simulator replicates the aircraft’s exact flight and operating characteristics, ensuring high quality training for operators worldwide. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS), Sikorsky Aircraft’s aftermarket… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 25-Sep-13

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Fly-by-Wire Technology Driving Advancements in Rotary Wing Flight

Fly-by-Wire Technology Driving Advancements in Rotary Wing Flight

UTC Aerospace Systems is working with Sikorsky Aircraft to drive advancements in rotorcraft technology as part of Sikorsky’s self-funded Matrix Technology autonomy research and development program. With Matrix Technology, Sikorsky aims to significantly improve the capability, safety and reliability of vertical take-off and landing aircraft. UTC Aerospace Systems and Sikorsky are units of United Technologies… Read more »

Source: UTC Aerospace, 20-Aug-13

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ITT Exelis awarded $15M contract for S76D composite tail rotor blade assemblies

ITT Exelis awarded $15M contract for S76D composite tail rotor blade assemblies

ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a contract valued at more than $15 million fromSikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., for the production of composite tail rotor blade components on the S-76D™helicopter. The work will be performed at the new Exelis composite design and manufacturing center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Under this contract, Exelis… Read more »

Source: ITT Exelis, 05-Aug-13

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Rogers Helicopters Adds EMS Capacity

Rogers Helicopters Adds EMS Capacity

Rogers Helicopters is expanding its emergency medical service (EMS) capacity with the acquisition of its first Sikorsky S-76B medium helicopter. With delivery scheduled by October 1, the S-76B will join Rogers Helicopters’ dedicated EMS fleet composed of two Bell Helicopter Textron 407s, a Bell LongRanger III, plus a Beechcraft King Air A100 fixed wing turboprop, used for… Read more »

Source: AHSAFA, 01-Aug-13

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Sikorsky Celebrates its 90th Anniversary at the NYSE

Sikorsky Celebrates its 90th Anniversary at the NYSE

Apologies that we missed this in advance, but it’s an anniversary to celebrate, so here it is… On Monday, July 15, executives and guests of Connecticut-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), will visit the NYSE to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the company’s founding as the Sikorsky Aero Engineering… Read more »

Source: NYSE, 17-Jul-13

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Ornge review – Minister of Health issues statement

Ornge review – Minister of Health issues statement

Today, Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, issued the following statement on the release of the Office of the Chief Coroner’s review of Ornge air ambulance: “I want to thank the Expert Panel for their work to examine Ornge air ambulance transports and for their recommendations to improve patient care. This report provides… Read more »

Source: Ontario Government, 16-Jul-13

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ORNGE trying to reinstate “hover exits” which Mazza management discontinued

ORNGE trying to reinstate “hover exits” which Mazza management discontinued

An ORNGE spokesperson said the previous management at ORNGE under CEO Dr. Chris Mazza made the original decision to discontinue hover exits when the AW139s were being introduced, and that they are now seeking to develop a “formalized training program” to establish policies and procedures for paramedics. see full story

01-Jul-13

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Pilot resignations hit ORNGE air ambulances availability

Pilot resignations hit ORNGE air ambulances availability

An exodus of helicopter pilots has left ORNGE scrambling to fill shifts, meaning air ambulance choppers could be unable to fly at times during the busy summer trauma season.  see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 28-Jun-13

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No GPWS on Ornge S76 in fatal accident

No GPWS on Ornge S76 in fatal accident

Several of the Sikorsky S76s in ORNGE’s fleet had upgraded electronics, including a ground proximity warning system, but not the one that was based in Moosonee.  see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 25-Jun-13

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Ornge pilots say fatal accident may be due to management decisions

Ornge pilots say fatal accident may be due to management decisions

A Toronto Star investigation has found troubling issues arising from the accident that could impact the safety and service of ORNGE’s helicopter operations – see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 24-Jun-13

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Bristow to equip 44 helicopters with Rockwell Collins TCAS II

Bristow to equip 44 helicopters with Rockwell Collins TCAS II

Bristow Group, which provides helicopter transport services for offshore oil and gas and government operations, is retrofitting a fleet of 44 helicopters, including Sikorsky S-76 C++ and Sikorsky S-92A aircraft with Rockwell Collins’ Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance (TCAS II) system. Installations are in progress. To date, Rockwell Collins, working closely with Bristow Group, has… Read more »

18-Jun-13

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Vector Aerospace get Sikorsky approval for UK S76 service centre

Vector Aerospace get Sikorsky approval for UK S76 service centre

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced today the signing of an agreement with Vector Aerospace that appoints Vector’s United Kingdom facilities as authorized Customer Service Centres (CSC) to support Sikorsky S-76® helicopters. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). “Vector Aerospace is recognized in the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 18-Jun-13

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