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Australia sells remaining Sea Kings

Australia sells remaining Sea Kings

31-Jan-2013Source: Royal Australian Navy

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that the Navy’s remaining Sea King helicopters will be sold to Aerospace Logistics (ASL). The final flight of 817 Squadrons Sea King helicopters occurred on 15 December 2011. “Aerospace Logistics have over 30 years experience as an international specialist in the supply, refurbishment, exchange, maintenance, repair and... Read more

Royal Navy launches “60 years of SAR” at London Boat Show

Royal Navy launches “60 years of SAR” at London Boat Show

14-Jan-2013Source: Royal Navy

There is also the opportunity to get up close and personal with an Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC), as used by the Royal Marines. Measuring in at nine metres long and able to travel in excess of 35 knots, these craft were part of the Royal Navy’s commitment to keeping the public safe during the London... Read more

Australia to scrap last five Sea Kings

Australia to scrap last five Sea Kings

4-Jan-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Local press today reports that the Royal Australian Navy has confirmed it will sell the last five Sea Kings for scrap.  The five were officially retired in December 2011 and have been stored at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, south of Sydney, pending a decision on their future. Now it has been confirmed the five aircraft,... Read more

AgustaWestland Signs £260M Sea King Integrated Operational Support Contract

AgustaWestland Signs £260M Sea King Integrated Operational Support Contract

21-Dec-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, valued at approximately £260 million, for the provision of Sea King Integrated Operational Support (SKIOS) from 1st April 2013 to the type’s out of service date in March 2016. This contract will follow on... Read more

11-Dec-12 Westland Sea King Mk.43B Lakselv, Norway

11-Dec-12 Westland Sea King Mk.43B Lakselv, Norway

11-Dec-2012

Hard landing in remote location on training flight – port side undercarriage collapsed and fuselage resting on the ground.  Crew of 6 rescued by another helicopter – local temperature was -10C.  Helicopter recovered by Mi-26 from Russia two weeks later (photo)... Read more

22-Nov-12 Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King Halifax, Canada

22-Nov-12 Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King Halifax, Canada

22-Nov-2012

Emergency landing after hydraulic failure.  5 POB, no injuries... Read more

World’s longest running scheduled helicopter service closes

World’s longest running scheduled helicopter service closes

1-Nov-2012Source: HeliHub.com

It is with sadness we record the closure yesterday of the helicopter link between the UK mainland and the Scilly Isles, following the sale of Penzance Heliport to a retail supermarket as the site of a future store. Scheduled services began on 1st May 1964 and have continued for forty eight and a half years,... Read more

L J Walch Co. to distribute S61 Motor Generator for Ontic Engineering

L J Walch Co. to distribute S61 Motor Generator for Ontic Engineering

23-Oct-2012Source: L J Walch Co

L.J. Walch Co., Inc. announced today its exclusive distribution agreement with Ontic Engineering and Manufacturing, Inc. of Chatsworth, California. L.J. Walch has been selected by Ontic as the exclusive distributor for the Sikorsky S61 Motor Generator (Part Number: 30E20-97A). L.J. Walch Co. was chosen for its reputation for quality, as well as knowledge of the... Read more

Italy retires VIP SH-3D

Italy retires VIP SH-3D

22-Oct-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Last Wednesday, the Italian Air Force flew one of its VIP SH-3D helicopters to the Air Forc Museum at at Vigna di Valle.  Serialled MM80973, the helicopter has been operated by the 31° Stormo unit since it was acquired in 1976.  The helicopter amassed 13,000 hours, and has flown many Italian VIPs as well as... Read more

Pall partners with Carson Helicopters on Sea King engine upgrade

Pall partners with Carson Helicopters on Sea King engine upgrade

10-Oct-2012Source: Pall Corporation

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

British International to stop Scilly Isles route after 48 years

British International to stop Scilly Isles route after 48 years

3-Aug-2012

British International Helicopters is to end its service from Penzance, which has run since 1964, in November.  The company blamed the decision on uncertainty created by legal challenges to its sale of land to supermarket giant Sainsbury’s (see full story)... Read more

Croman awarded $25M contract in Hawaiian military ranges

Croman awarded $25M contract in Hawaiian military ranges

1-Aug-2012Source: US DoD

Croman Corp.*, White City, Ore., is being awarded a $25,862,717 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for airlift and recovery functions in support of all Hawaiian military ranges.  In addition, this contract provides utility/transport missions to carry passengers/cargo and range clearing operations in the Hawaiian operating area.  Work will be performed in Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii, and is... Read more

Sikorsky in engine talks with Motor Sich

Sikorsky in engine talks with Motor Sich

31-Jul-2012Source: Helihub.com

The Ukraine branch of Russian news agency Kommersant is reporting that Sikorsky are in talks with local engine manufacturer Motor Sich.  A feasible possibility is discussions for re-engining S61 models with the VK-2500 engine that powers the Mi-17 – given the political storm now brewing in the US over the purchase of ten further Mi-17s... Read more

854 Sqn bases Sea Kings at Northolt for Olympics

854 Sqn bases Sea Kings at Northolt for Olympics

16-Jul-2012Source: Royal Navy

Navy Sea Kings today flew into London as the military ring of steel for the Olympics tightened a fortnight before the Games begin. The helicopters from 854 Naval Air Squadron, normally based at Culdrose in Cornwall, will spend the next seven weeks flying from RAF Northolt in West London as part of the aerial shield... Read more

Sikorsky and INAER sign MOU for Spanish Government S61/S76 support

Sikorsky and INAER sign MOU for Spanish Government S61/S76 support

10-Jul-2012Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aerospace Services today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with INAER Maintenance SAU of Spain to explore aircraft maintenance and support opportunities for the Spanish Ministry of Defense. INAER engages in comprehensive fleet Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services for commercial and military aircraft worldwide. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) is the... Read more

“Falklands 30 – the Conflict, the People” – Exhibition Opens 30th June

“Falklands 30 – the Conflict, the People” – Exhibition Opens 30th June

27-Jun-2012Source: Fleet Air Arm Museum

The new exhibition will display the largest collection of Falklands aircraft. It will include two Sea Harriers, the Westland Sea King which was piloted by HRH The Prince Andrew and a captured Argentinean Agusta109 helicopter which was later used by British Special Forces. Attending the exhibition opening will be Rear Admiral Chris Parry who, as... Read more

US Forest Service adds four heavy helicopters to support wildfire suppression

US Forest Service adds four heavy helicopters to support wildfire suppression

25-Jun-2012Source: US Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced the agency is adding four heavy helicopters to the aviation firefighting fleet. “The addition of these helicopters to our aviation fleet will increase our ability to respond quickly and aggressively to fight wildfires and protect lives and property,” said Tidwell. “We will continue to mobilize our firefighting... Read more

25-Jun-12 Sikorsky S61 St Mary’s, UK

25-Jun-12 Sikorsky S61 St Mary’s, UK

25-Jun-2012

Emergency landing at St Mary’s, Scilly Isles, on a flight out of Tresco after a warning light came on.  Apparently a ‘spurious fire warning’... Read more

UK – Royal Marines Aircrewman Receives The Billy Deacon Memorial Trophy

UK – Royal Marines Aircrewman Receives The Billy Deacon Memorial Trophy

19-Jun-2012Source: Royal Navy

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

Prince William qualifies as an operational Royal Air Force SAR captain

Prince William qualifies as an operational Royal Air Force SAR captain

7-Jun-2012Source: Prince of Wales website

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

Irish Coast Guard record 10 years of SAR from Waterford

Irish Coast Guard record 10 years of SAR from Waterford

14-May-2012Source: Irish Government

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

Shark 07 arrives at Australia’s Fleet Air Arm Museum

Shark 07 arrives at Australia’s Fleet Air Arm Museum

11-Apr-2012Source: Royal Australian Navy

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

UK helicopter fleet trains in “Pashtun Jaguar” exercise

UK helicopter fleet trains in “Pashtun Jaguar” exercise

14-Mar-2012Source: Flightglobal

Seventeen aircraft from the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) are taking part in a major pre-deployment exercise on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, providing support for British land forces due to begin operations in Afghanistan during April. (see full story)... Read more

UK – National Maritime Museum Cornwall takes delivery of Sea King

UK – National Maritime Museum Cornwall takes delivery of Sea King

28-Feb-2012Source: National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum Cornwall has just installed its biggest object to date as part of the forthcoming blockbuster Search & Rescue exhibition – a 70ft long, 16ft high, 6 tonne Sea King helicopter which had just 1½ inches of clearance through the Museum’s doors. National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s new Search & Rescue exhibition is just... Read more

Donaldson unveils universal filter module for S61

Donaldson unveils universal filter module for S61

12-Feb-2012Source: Donaldson

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), will display an innovative self-contained universal filtration system at Heli-Expo 2012, Exhibit 8451. The Universal Filter Module (UFM) has been launched with its first application on the Sikorsky S-61; this is the first ever available IBF for the aircraft. The UFM features a... Read more

British Sea King engineers catch Black Widow spider

British Sea King engineers catch Black Widow spider

6-Feb-2012Source: UK MoD

Royal Navy aircraft engineers got a shock recently when they started maintenance on a Sea King helicopter and came across a Black Widow spider inside. Petty Officer (PO) Alex ‘Scotty’ Scott and Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Daryl ‘Daz’ Prichard, from 845 Naval Air Squadron based at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton, were about to... Read more

AgustaWestland give assistance to new SAR Exhibition

AgustaWestland give assistance to new SAR Exhibition

4-Jan-2012Source: National Maritime Museum

Search and Rescue, the new blockbuster exhibition from National Maritime Museum Cornwall invites you to enter the world of the rescue services where ordinary people lead extraordinary lives, risking their life to save yours. Opening on 16 March 2012, the exhibition takes you on an interactive, stimulating and emotive journey into the role of the... Read more

AgustaWestland takes work back from Vector Aerospace

AgustaWestland takes work back from Vector Aerospace

15-Dec-2011Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-16186665

AgustaWestland said it was withdrawing the Lynx and Sea King work from Vector Aerospace’s Almondbank site so it could bring the work in-house at their Yeovil plant by April 2012. (see full story)... Read more

Australian Sea Kings make their final flight

Australian Sea Kings make their final flight

15-Dec-2011Source: Royal Australian Navy

Residents of Sydney, Canberra and the Shoalhaven had their last chance to see the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea King helicopters in the air today as they said farewell to the nation with a formation flypast. The formation launched from the Naval Air Station at HMAS Albatross in Nowra at 10:00am, proceeded north up the NSW... Read more

12-Dec-11 IN556 Westland Sea King Mk.42C Mangalore, India

12-Dec-11 IN556 Westland Sea King Mk.42C Mangalore, India

12-Dec-2011

Helicopter caught fire shortly after landing.  13 POB all safe... Read more

Sikorsky, AIROD and ADC sign MOU for support of upgraded S-61

Sikorsky, AIROD and ADC sign MOU for support of upgraded S-61

6-Dec-2011Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aerospace Services today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with AIROD Sdn. Bhd. (AIROD) of Malaysiaand Aviation Design Centre Sdn. Bhd. (ADC) to explore aircraft maintenance and support opportunities for Sikorsky’s S-61/H-3 platforms including the most recent variant, the S-61T™ helicopter. AIROD performs maintenance, repair and overhaul services for various commercial and military... Read more

AAR selected to extend airlift support for US military

AAR selected to extend airlift support for US military

29-Nov-2011Source: AAR

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announced today that the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) has exercised two renewal options for AAR to provide airlift support in Afghanistan through October of 2012. The first option has a value of $99 million and is part of a task order awarded to AAR in October, 2010. The second option has... Read more

British International targets Newquay after withdrawing St Erth plans

British International targets Newquay after withdrawing St Erth plans

17-Nov-2011Source: Cornish Guardian

BIH managing director, Tony Jones, said flights would continue from Penzance until June next year and the firm would continue to look for a site in West Cornwall.  If necessary, flights would continue after that date from Newquay Cornwall airport to ensure the service was not disrupted.... Read more

UK: RNAS Culdrose trainer upgraded to Christie Matrix StIM projectors

UK: RNAS Culdrose trainer upgraded to Christie Matrix StIM projectors

17-Nov-2011Source: Christie Digital Systems

The full flight simulation system at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose in the UK, where training facilities for the RN Sea King helicopters are based, has upgraded its visual system technology with the new Christie Matrix StIMâ„¢ WUXGA DLP® LED projectors. The upgrade dramatically advances the capabilities of their training and simulation facilities, allowing... Read more

US State Dept orders three more S61T taking total to 29

US State Dept orders three more S61T taking total to 29

9-Nov-2011Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aerospace Services today announced that the U.S. Department of State (DoS) has ordered three additional upgraded S-61 utility helicopters, bringing the total number purchased by DoS to 29 aircraft to date. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. “The S-61 helicopter is known... Read more

Cobham partners with Carson Helicopters on Sikorsky retrofits

Cobham partners with Carson Helicopters on Sikorsky retrofits

2-Nov-2011Source: Cobham

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

Sikorsky and ATP collaborate on Tech Pubs

Sikorsky and ATP collaborate on Tech Pubs

11-Oct-2011Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) today announced that it signed an agreement with Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP®) to collaborate on an advanced technical documentation distribution solution supporting operators of Sikorsky civil helicopters worldwide. SAS is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). The technical documentation distribution... Read more

Royal Navy Sea King crews home from Libya

Royal Navy Sea King crews home from Libya

26-Sep-2011Source: Royal Navy

Royal Navy personnel, who by using Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control helicopters helped Army Air Corps (AAC) Apache helicopter launch strikes against Gaddafi’s forces in Libya, have returned home from operations. Nearly 50 members of 857 Naval Air Squadron touched down at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall on Friday, 23 September 2011,... Read more

Navy museum unveils Nixon’s ‘Marine One’

Navy museum unveils Nixon’s ‘Marine One’

23-Sep-2011Source: Pensacola News-Journal

Visitors now have plenty of reason to flash some peace signs for a photo op at the National Naval Aviation Museum.  The “Marine One” helicopter that once transported Presidents Nixon and Ford made its formal debut at the Hangar Bay One at the museum Thursday morning.  The interior of the aircraft is open for viewing... Read more

Berkshire Hathaway to settle over 2005 Australian Sea King accident

Berkshire Hathaway to settle over 2005 Australian Sea King accident

14-Sep-2011

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. agreed to settle Australian insurance claims stemming from a 2005 crash by a Royal Australian Navy helicopter in Indonesia in which nine people were killed. (see full story)... Read more

Australia sells last five Sea Kings

Australia sells last five Sea Kings

1-Sep-2011Source: Australian MoD

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today released the Request for Tender for the sale of the Navy’s remaining Sea King Helicopters. The Request for Tender includes: Five complete helicopters; Three airframes; A simulator; and Associated unique equipment and parts. “The Sea Kings will be withdrawn from service in December 2011,” Mr Clare said. “They’ve... Read more

UK SAR pilot achieves 7,000 hours

UK SAR pilot achieves 7,000 hours

1-Sep-2011Source: Royal Navy

A helicopter pilot based at HMS Gannet in Prestwick – the UK’s busiest helicopter search and rescue unit – has become one of the Royal Navy’s most experienced flyers. For Lieutenant Commander Roger Stringer (49), who lives in Mauchline near Ayr in Scotland, completed his 7000th flying hour at the controls of a Sea King... Read more

UK: British International to put St Erth Heliport plans on display

UK: British International to put St Erth Heliport plans on display

8-Aug-2011Source: Scilly Today

British International Helicopters intends moving their helicopter base from Penzance to a site within walking distance of the St Erth railway station.  The plans will be put on public display 18-19th August and are expected to go before planners in September (Full story)... Read more

British International sell third S61 to Vector Aerospace

British International sell third S61 to Vector Aerospace

27-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

British International have recently sold a third Sikorsky S61 this year to Vector Aerospace, this being serial 61721 and registered G-BCEA, Managing Director Tony Jones has confirmed to HeliHub.com.  Previously operating on a military contract in the Falkland Islands, ‘EA had reached time for a major inspection and has thus been swapped with another example. ... Read more

Royal Navy Sea Kings complete 1,000th Afghanistan mission

Royal Navy Sea Kings complete 1,000th Afghanistan mission

24-Jul-2011Source: UK MoD

The Royal Navy’s Sea King Mk7 Force completed their 1,000th operational mission in Afghanistan this week Sea King helicopter squadrons from Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose have been operating from Camp Bastion since 2009 and have contributed to the confiscation of significant amounts of IED-making equipment, arms and drugs, and the detainment of suspected... Read more

Australian Sea King allocated to Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra

Australian Sea King allocated to Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra

13-Jun-2011Source: Australian DoD

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare was at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra to announce that Sea King Shark 07 would be preserved at the Museum given the significant role the Sea King has played in Naval Aviation over the last 36 years. “The Sea King has served our nation well over the... Read more

12-Jun-11 Westland Sea King Mk.50 Garden Island, Australia

12-Jun-11 Westland Sea King Mk.50 Garden Island, Australia

12-Jun-2011

Precautionary landing.   Aircraft shut down without further incident in accordance with standard emergency procedures.   No personnel were injured during the incident.  Being investigated by maintenance personnel from 817 Squadron.... Read more

Sikorsky buys Danish Sea King fleet for S61T Iraq contract

Sikorsky buys Danish Sea King fleet for S61T Iraq contract

7-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

It is a comprehensive process to sell military helicopters, but the Danish Defence Logistics Organization has now successfully sold its Sea King fleet, having already replaced them operationally by AgustaWestland AW101 Merlins in the last few years. In total, seven S-61 helicopters and accompanying spare parts and accessory packs have been sold, realising approx 40... Read more

Local press reveal BIH preferred site after Penzance HP closure

Local press reveal BIH preferred site after Penzance HP closure

6-Jun-2011Source: Cornishman

The company confirmed that it had reached an agreement with a landowner for a new heliport adjacent to the St Erth industrial estate off the A30, subject to planning permission and the successful sale of the current heliport in Penzance to Sainsburys.  If successful, it will create a transport hub enabling passengers easy access to... Read more

Three Sea King pilots reach flying milestones in Afghanistan

Three Sea King pilots reach flying milestones in Afghanistan

9-May-2011Source: Royal Navy

Camp Bastion in the heart of the Afghanistan desert is home to thousands of coalition service men and women. Three of them have been serving with Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan), flying Sea King Mk4 helicopters from 845 and 846 Naval Air Squadrons. Lieutenants Nick Plenty and Ally Macleod and Petty Officer Aircrewman Richard Symonds have... Read more

CHC Ireland wins safety accreditation

CHC Ireland wins safety accreditation

4-May-2011Source: CHC

CHC (Ireland) Ltd is proud to announce that it has become an ISO 9001: 2008, 14001 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certified company after passing a rigorous quality, environment, health and safety management system audit. The company has built an unparallel reputation for excellence in Search and Rescue (SAR) aviation over the last decade of operations for... Read more

Carson set for expansion with 60+ new jobs

Carson set for expansion with 60+ new jobs

26-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

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

British International sell two Sikorsky S61s

British International sell two Sikorsky S61s

14-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

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

Vector receives FAA approval for S-61 glass cockpit installations

Vector receives FAA approval for S-61 glass cockpit installations

28-Mar-2011Source: Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector Helicopter Services – www.vectoraerospace.com), a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation and one of the world’s leading independent providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has been granted a Federal Aviation Administration Amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), #SA1230AK-R STC; for an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Integrated Cockpit Display... Read more

16-Mar-11 89+57 Westland-Sikorsky WS61 Kalefeld, Germany

16-Mar-11 89+57 Westland-Sikorsky WS61 Kalefeld, Germany

16-Mar-2011

Precautionary landing due to weather and a technical defect.  Stayed overnight, departed next day.... Read more

UK’s Sea King Helicopter Force wins award for engineering excellence

UK’s Sea King Helicopter Force wins award for engineering excellence

12-Mar-2011Source: Royal Navy

Against particularly strong competition, the 2009/10 winner of the Rolls Royce engineering efficiency trophy has been given to the Navy Command Sea King Helicopter Force based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose. Unusually this year, the highly coveted Trophy has been awarded to the whole Force rather than to an individual unit, in acknowledgement of... Read more

Rockwell Collins extends Pro Line 21â„¢ IDS with S-61 installation

Rockwell Collins extends Pro Line 21â„¢ IDS with S-61 installation

8-Mar-2011Source: Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins today announced the successful installation of its proven Pro Line 21â„¢ Integrated Display System (IDS) into a Sikorsky S-61 long-range helicopter.  This retrofit, which was a collaborative effort with Toronto, Canada-based Vector Aerospace, is the first installation of a Pro Line 21 avionics system on a rotary wing aircraft. Helicopter pilots using Pro... Read more

Vector Aerospace re-targets SeaKing / S-61 market

Vector Aerospace re-targets SeaKing / S-61 market

5-Mar-2011Source: Vector Aerospace

Richmond, BC – Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com) 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;... Read more

Irish Coast Guard crews gain paramedic status 14 months ahead of schedule

Irish Coast Guard crews gain paramedic status 14 months ahead of schedule

8-Feb-2011Source: Irish Times

Paramedic status is several stages up from first aid, allowing trained ambulance or air ambulance crews to give injections, administer cardiac and advanced airway management, and treat asthmatics, diabetics and people in anaphylactic shock.... Read more

UK helicopter fleet trains in “Pashtun Jaguar” exercise

UK helicopter fleet trains in “Pashtun Jaguar” exercise

28-Jan-2011Source: Flightglobal

Exercise involving Army Air Corps Lynx, RAF Merlin and Chinooks as well as Royal Navy Sea Kings – in view of operations starting in Afghanistan in April.  This major pre-deployment exercise is being held on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire... Read more

Heli-One signs new MRO contracts in Brazil

Heli-One signs new MRO contracts in Brazil

27-Jan-2011Source: Heli-One

Heli-One continues to cement its reputation as a major maintenance support company in the Brazilian helicopter market after agreeing to provide new tip-to-tail power-by-the-hour (PBH) and upgrade services to a number of Brazilian offshore operators. Heli-One was chosen to provide tip-to-tail PBH services to Omni Taxi Aereo Brazil’s S76C++ fleet and to Omni’s additional S61... Read more

Indian Navy Sea King crew to get gallantry award

Indian Navy Sea King crew to get gallantry award

26-Jan-2011Source: MSN

Two navy helicopter crew members were Tuesday named to receive Naosena Medal for gallantry for carrying out a daring rescue of sailors of a naval submarine who were washed overboard in a freak mishap 100 km off Mumbai in August last year.... Read more

Updated helicopter simulator helps aircrew prepare better for Afghanistan

Updated helicopter simulator helps aircrew prepare better for Afghanistan

24-Jan-2011Source: Royal Navy

Two of the Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) Squadrons based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose are currently tasked for operations in Afghanistan. Between deployments the crews undergo a thorough training programme, building on their maritime experience and adapting to new procedures and skills necessary for the hostile environment of Afghanistan. A vital part of... Read more

CAE renews Royal Navy Lynx and Sea King training contract

CAE renews Royal Navy Lynx and Sea King training contract

20-Jan-2011Source: CAE

CAE today announced it has been awarded a series of military contracts for the defence forces of more than 12 countries valued at more than C$140 million. Among the contracts are: the design and manufacture of a C-130J weapon systems trainer and other training devices for Lockheed Martin; a contract from Boeing Training Systems and... Read more

UK: Stornoway Coastguard S92 reaches 200th mission of 2010

UK: Stornoway Coastguard S92 reaches 200th mission of 2010

14-Dec-2010Source: Maritime & Coastguard Agency

At 18.44 pm on Saturday 11th December, Stornoway Coastguard rescue helicopter “Rescue 100” was scrambled by Stornoway Coastguard after they had received a request for assistance from the NHS. The helicopter was sent to evacuate a fifty seven year old lady who was being seen by a doctor, who requested that she be evacuated to... Read more

The spat continues – Carson speaks out against NTSB

The spat continues – Carson speaks out against NTSB

12-Dec-2010Source: Carson Helicopters

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

UK: New Sea King squadron takes over in Afghanistan

UK: New Sea King squadron takes over in Afghanistan

12-Dec-2010Source: Royal Navy

857 Naval Air Squadron has handed over responsibility for Sea King airborne surveillance and control duties in Helmand province, Afghanistan, to 854 Naval Air Squadron. Both squadrons are based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose and take it in turns to deploy to Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan. Commander Pat Douglas, the Sea King Force... Read more

Carson S61 co-pilot disputes crash report

Carson S61 co-pilot disputes crash report

11-Dec-2010Source: Mercury News

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... Read more

NTSB issues summary of Carson S61 public meeting

NTSB issues summary of Carson S61 public meeting

10-Dec-2010Source: NTSB

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

NTSB pins blame on Carson Helicopters for fatal firefighting S61 crash

NTSB pins blame on Carson Helicopters for fatal firefighting S61 crash

8-Dec-2010Source: KDRV

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”... Read more

NTSB to meet on 2008 USFS firefighting crash

NTSB to meet on 2008 USFS firefighting crash

3-Dec-2010Source: NTSB

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

Sikorsky delivers first S-61T to US State Dept

Sikorsky delivers first S-61T to US State Dept

3-Dec-2010Source: Sikorsky

SHELTON, Connecticut – Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) today announced the delivery of the first upgraded S-61â„¢ helicopter to the U.S. State Department. With its history of reliability and safety, the Sikorsky S-61 helicopter is capable of performing a wide range of critical missions including medical evacuation, passenger and logistics transportation. SAS is the aftermarket division... Read more

Coast Guard S-61 being retired from duty in Prince Rupert

Coast Guard S-61 being retired from duty in Prince Rupert

3-Dec-2010Source: Northern View

When the Sikorsky S-61 is retired, one of the Bell 212 helicopters will be moved to Prince Rupert to maintain service... Read more

Rheinmetall and Sikorsky present S92 to replace German Navy Sea Kings

Rheinmetall and Sikorsky present S92 to replace German Navy Sea Kings

23-Nov-2010Source: Rheinmetall

Rheinmetall and Sikorsky recently presented the Cyclone Naval Helicopter at a joint press conference in Bonn. With a view to the German Navy’s planned procurement of thirty multi-role naval helicopters to replace its current Sea King systems, the companies have joined forces with additional partners in a pioneering alliance. With spare parts for the Sea... Read more

US Dept of State orders two upgraded S-61s for Air Transport in Afghanistan

US Dept of State orders two upgraded S-61s for Air Transport in Afghanistan

28-Oct-2010Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aerospace Services today announced an order for two upgraded S-61â„¢ utility helicopters for use in Afghanistan to support drug interdiction efforts. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). Earlier this year, the State Department entered into a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity... Read more

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