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Carson Helicopters VP sentenced to over 12 years for Iron 44 crash

Carson Helicopters VP sentenced to over 12 years for Iron 44 crash

The vice president of a defunct Grants Pass helicopter company was sentenced to 12½ years in federal prison this morning for lying about the carrying capacities of his firm’s helicopters, including the overloaded Sikorsky S-61N that crashed at a Northern California fire in 2008, killing nine people. See Full Story.

Source: Mail Tribune, 18-Jun-15

Greedy Carson Helicopters employee faces possible 15 year sentence

Greedy Carson Helicopters employee faces possible 15 year sentence

The vice president of a defunct Grants Pass helicopter company was motivated by “pure greed” to lie about the carrying capacities of the firms’ helicopters, including an overloaded one that crashed at a Northern California fire in 2008, killing nine people, prosecutors say. See Full Story

Source: Mail Tribune, 15-Apr-15

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Carson Helicopters official admits to defrauding feds

Carson Helicopters official admits to defrauding feds

The second of two Carson Helicopter Inc. officials indicted on 22 federal charges related to a 2008 helicopter crash that killed nine people admitted in federal court Monday to lying and defrauding the government about the craft’s capabilities but denied the crimes contributed to the crash. See Full Story

Source: Mail Tribune, 26-Nov-14

Maintenance chief pleads guilty to fraud in fatal S61 crash

Maintenance chief pleads guilty to fraud in fatal S61 crash

Prosecutors say that when the U.S. Forest Service solicited bids for helicopters to be used in firefighting operations, Metheny submitted proposals with altered performance charts and falsified weight and balance records. Then, after winning the $20M contract, the incorrect information was given to pilots who had to calculate the maximum payload capacity during firefighting operations…. Read more »

27-Sep-13

Carson Helicopters to Locate at Fort Monroe in Hampton Roads

Carson Helicopters to Locate at Fort Monroe in Hampton Roads

The Fort Monroe Authority and the City of Hampton are pleased to announce that Carson Helicopters has selected Fort Monroe for its new location. Based in Pennsylvania, Carson Helicopters has been in the helicopter business for more than 50 years. The company rebuilds and updates the S61 helicopter and other aircraft and holds over 35… Read more »

Source: Fort Monroe Authority, 12-Sep-13

Carson Helicopters cited for for exposing workers to chemical hazards

Carson Helicopters cited for for exposing workers to chemical hazards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Carson Helicopters Inc. for eight alleged serious violations, including exposing workers to hazards involving hexavalent chromium, at the company’s facility in Perkasie. OSHA proposed penalties totaling $40,500 after a December 2012 inspection of the facility was launched because of a complaint. The serious… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Labor, 18-Jun-13

Empty Carson Helicopter hangar sold

Empty Carson Helicopter hangar sold

Josephine county Airports Manager, Larry Graves, said the purchase of a hanger by Elite Aviation from Carson Helicopters may bring more jobs. (See Full Story)

Source: KTVL, 31-May-13

Pall partners with Carson Helicopters on Sea King engine upgrade

Pall partners with Carson Helicopters on Sea King engine upgrade

Pall Corporation (NYSE: PLL), a global leader in filtration, separation and purification, has entered into a new partnership agreement with Carson Helicopters, Inc. to provide an upgrade of its legacy Centrisep® engine advanced protection system (EAPS) for Sikorsky Sea King/S-61 helicopters. Carson, an FAA-approved helicopter innovator specializing in the overhaul, repair, and remanufacture of the… Read more »

Source: Pall Corporation, 10-Oct-12

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Cobham partners with Carson Helicopters on Sikorsky retrofits

Cobham partners with Carson Helicopters on Sikorsky retrofits

Cobham and Carson Helicopters have announced a partnership to provide an advanced suite of avionics for Sikorsky S-61, S-76, and UH-60 derivative helicopter retrofits. The Integrated Systems business unit of Cobham Commercial Systems will supply a highly integrated flight deck that features large-format synthetic vision flight displays, advanced flight management capability, integrated hazard alerting (terrain,… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 02-Nov-11

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Carson set for expansion with 60+ new jobs

Carson set for expansion with 60+ new jobs

Carson Helicopters is in the process of planning applications to increase its warehouse and manufacturing buildings in the Philadelphia suburb of Hilltown by about 60%, Estelle Eberhardt has confirmed.  This follows 40,000 sq.ft of warehousing built in 2008 on the site which they have made their headquarters for almost fifty years.  Hilltown supervisors gave preliminary… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Apr-11

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British International sell two Sikorsky S61s

British International sell two Sikorsky S61s

British International have sold two of their Sikorsky S61N helicopters to Vector Aerospace.  The pair are currently at Southampton Docks awaiting shipment across the Atlantic, destination British Columbia for work at Vector’s Vancouver International Airport base.  Both airframes need extensive work to get them airworthy, one having not flown for 10 years. The particular airframes… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Apr-11

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Carson Helicopters goes live with Pentagon 2000SQL software

Carson Helicopters goes live with Pentagon 2000SQL software

Pentagon 2000 Software, Inc., the leading provider of software solutions for the Aerospace & Defense industry, is proud to announce that Carson Helicopters, Inc., a Perkasie, PA based helicopter repair station, has gone live with the Pentagon 2000SQLTM system to run its operations. Business functions ranging from core accounting & financials to Maintenance Repair &… Read more »

Source: Pentagon 2000, 28-Mar-11

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The spat continues – Carson speaks out against NTSB

The spat continues – Carson speaks out against NTSB

Carson Helicopters has been an active participant in the NTSB investigation of the Weaverville crash of N612AZ and as such has not commented publicly during the investigation due to regulatory prohibitions. We have a strong commitment to all the people affected by this tragic accident and to current flight operators of the S61 helicopter to… Read more »

Source: Carson Helicopters, 12-Dec-10

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Carson S61 co-pilot disputes crash report

Carson S61 co-pilot disputes crash report

William “Bill” Coultas of Cave Junction says the NTSB ignored his written and oral testimony that loss of power in an engine caused the crash of the S61

Source: Mercury News, 11-Dec-10

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NTSB issues summary of Carson S61 public meeting

NTSB issues summary of Carson S61 public meeting

NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD Public Meeting of December 7, 2010 (Information subject to editing) Aircraft Accident Report Crash During Takeoff of Carson Helicopters, Inc., Firefighting Helicopter Under Contract to the U.S. Forest Service, Sikorsky S-61N, N612AZ Near Weaverville, California August 5, 2008 NTSB/AAR-10/06 Stay Connected Receive Press releases by e-mail Subscribe to our RSS feeds This is… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 10-Dec-10

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NTSB pins blame on Carson Helicopters for fatal firefighting S61 crash

NTSB pins blame on Carson Helicopters for fatal firefighting S61 crash

The NTSB stated that Carson Helicopters deliberately withheld information on the aircraft’s safety specifications. Those actions “included the intentional alteration of weight documents and performance charts and the use of unapproved performance calculations”

Source: KDRV, 08-Dec-10

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NTSB to meet on 2008 USFS firefighting crash

NTSB to meet on 2008 USFS firefighting crash

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public Board meeting on Tuesday, December 7, at 9:30 a.m., in its Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C. There is one item on the agenda. The Board will consider a final report on the following accident: On August 5, 2008, a Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 03-Dec-10

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Pall Teams with Carson Helicopters on S-61 Modernization Program

Pall Teams with Carson Helicopters on S-61 Modernization Program

Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL), a global leader in filtration, separation and purification, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Carson Helicopters, Inc. Pall will supply its Centrisep® engine advanced protection systems (EAPSs) to support a joint modernization program for the Sikorsky S-61 helicopter. With approximately 620 aircraft in service today, the S-61 model is… Read more »

Source: Pall Corp, 22-Feb-10

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Columbia Helicopters To Clarify Unfounded Allegations Related to Fatal Carson S61 Crash

Columbia Helicopters To Clarify Unfounded Allegations Related to Fatal Carson S61 Crash

Columbia Helicopters will hold a press/industry briefing at 10:00 AM Monday, February 22, 2010, regarding certain unfounded allegations related to the crash of a Carson Helicopters’ S-61 in 2008. Members of the media and all interested industry personnel are invited to attend. Columbia Helicopters’ Vice President of Marketing, Todd Petersen, and General Legal Counsel, Tonya… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 12-Feb-10

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Carson Helicopters report $500K in missing equipment

The helicopter company says three rotor blades were stolen in July, valued at $250,000

Source: KDRV, 18-Sep-09

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Report finds discrepancies in helicopter’s documented weight

A report issued Wednesday on a 2008 helicopter crash that killed seven Southern Oregon firefighters revealed discrepancies in documents that recorded the weight of the helicopter.

Source: Mail Tribune, 18-Sep-09

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AMETEK Fuel Gauging System Certified on the Updated Carson S-61 Helicopter

Source: AMT, 18-Jun-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Carson Helicopters S61 ‘Shortsky’ in firefighting role

Source: Airliners.net, 05-Mar-09

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Carson Helicopters Inc. inks deal for Afghan supply hauls

Source: Mail Tribune, 19-Feb-09

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Families of firefighters who died in helicopter crash file suits

Source: Oregon Live, 13-Feb-09

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