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Lands End Airport breaks off talks with British International

Lands End Airport breaks off talks with British International

26-Oct-2010Source: This is the West Country

The firm which owns Land’s End termintes talks with British International Helicopters (BIH) over plans to move services to the Scilly Isles to its airport. Photo shows current base – Penzance HP... Read more

AAR awarded $450M task order under new USTRANSCOM contract

AAR awarded $450M task order under new USTRANSCOM contract

6-Oct-2010Source: AAR

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announced today that it has been awarded a task order to provide airlift services under the U.S. Transportation Command’s (USTRANSCOM) new long-term, multi-billion-dollar Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for rotary-wing airlift in Afghanistan. The task order has a one-year initial term with four one-year renewal options and is valued at approximately $450... Read more

Prince William completes his first SAR shift

Prince William completes his first SAR shift

5-Oct-2010Source: Ministry of Defence

Flight Lieutenant William Wales completed his first Search and Rescue (SAR) shift this weekend as the co-pilot of the four-man crew of a RAF Sea King helicopter and performed his first rescue. The helicopter, call-sign ‘Rescue 122’, was from C Flight, 22 Squadron, which is based at RAF Valley on Anglesey, North Wales. The SAR... Read more

Busy summer for Royal Navy SAR

Busy summer for Royal Navy SAR

5-Oct-2010Source: Royal Navy

The summer period not only drew many crowds to Cornwall, but brought about several interesting jobs for the Search and Rescue crews of 771 Naval Air Squadron, based at RNAS Culdrose. In August alone, a total of 34 rescues were conducted – the busiest month of the year. On call 24 hours a day, every... Read more

Canadian Helicopters win more Afghanistan support work

Canadian Helicopters win more Afghanistan support work

2-Oct-2010Source: Canadian Helicopters

Canadian Helicopters Income Fund (TSX: CHL.UN) (the “Fund”), the largest helicopter transportation services company operating in Canada, is pleased to announce that it has been advised it has been awarded additional work in Afghanistan by the United States Transportation Command (“USTRANSCOM”). This new contract, similar to previous awards, entails the movement of supplies and passengers... Read more

RAF Sea King crew hailed for Cumbrian flood rescues at Shephard 2010 SAR Awards

RAF Sea King crew hailed for Cumbrian flood rescues at Shephard 2010 SAR Awards

23-Sep-2010Source: Shephard

A rescue helicopter crew from 22 Sqn ‘C’ Flight of the UK’s Royal Air Force have become the first winners of the new annual Shephard SAR award.... Read more

“Rescue 117” program features Irish Coast Guard SAR

“Rescue 117” program features Irish Coast Guard SAR

21-Sep-2010Source: RTÉ Television

For the first time ever RTÉ cameras have been given exclusive access to the Irish Coast Guard’s helicopter Search and Rescue service. Filmed over six months, RTÉ cameras follow the rescue crews at Waterford helicopter base (RESCUE 117) as they battle to save lives in one of the most hostile environments in the world. Leading... Read more

11 more US State Dept S61s for Iraq and Afghanistan

11 more US State Dept S61s for Iraq and Afghanistan

21-Sep-2010Source: Sikorsky

SHELTON, Conn.– Sikorsky Aerospace Services today announced the U.S. State Department has ordered 11 additional upgraded S-61TM utility helicopters for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. 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... Read more

Denmark decides on early 2011 date to sell six retired S61 Sea Kings

Denmark decides on early 2011 date to sell six retired S61 Sea Kings

18-Sep-2010Source: Royal Danish Air Force

Military Equipment Service (FMT) is responsible for sales of S-61’erne and they have just announced that all six helicopters will be sold at the beginning of 2011. The expected buyers are other countries’ defense or firms within the helicopter industry. Military Equipment Service is starting to make a stock inventory of helicopters and create an... Read more

2010 International Sea King Maintenance Symposium just two weeks away

2010 International Sea King Maintenance Symposium just two weeks away

16-Sep-2010Source: Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace Corporation (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), one of the world’s leading independent providers of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services reminds operators, vendors and support organizations that the 2010 International Sea King Maintenance Symposium being hosted in Portsmouth, United Kingdom (Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-UK ) from September 28th -30th is still accepting registrations for... Read more

2010 International Sea King Maintenance Symposium achieves event sponsorship goal

2010 International Sea King Maintenance Symposium achieves event sponsorship goal

8-Sep-2010Source: Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace Corporation (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), one of the world’s leading independent providers of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services is pleased to announce the 2010 International Sea King Maintenance Symposium being hosted in Portsmouth, United Kingdom (Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-UK ) from September 28th-30th has filled all event sponsorship positions and delegate registrations... Read more

Billings Flying Service training S61 pilots for military contractor Presidential Airways

Billings Flying Service training S61 pilots for military contractor Presidential Airways

4-Sep-2010Source: http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/article_bbcf748a-b70f-11df-b106-001cc4c03286.html

Attempting to quiet rumors of secret government flights over Billings, a local flight business says it’s using a large cargo helicopter to train pilots for a private company formerly owned by Blackwater.... Read more

Sikorsky makes commercial offer to Indian Navy

Sikorsky makes commercial offer to Indian Navy

31-Aug-2010Source: Financial Express

The offer includes servicing and spares for six obsolete Sikorsky UH-3H Sea King helicopters that came onboard the USS Trenton – now renamed as INS Jalashva... Read more

AgustaWestland propose SAR Sea King life extension

AgustaWestland propose SAR Sea King life extension

11-Aug-2010Source: Daily Express

As part of the UK Government’s drastic cost cutting, the proposed 25-year S92 contract was set aside.  AgustaWestland are proposing a life-extension to the current fleet as a cheaper option.... Read more

Denmark puts six Sea Kings up for sale

Denmark puts six Sea Kings up for sale

11-Aug-2010Source: HeliHub.com

The Royal Danish Air Force has announced that it is ready to dispose of its Sea King fleet, more recently superceded by AgustaWestland AW101s after the Sikorsky-built fleet completed an impressive 45 years in service.  The last operational flight was on 16th June this year, as reported on HeliHub.com here. Two Danish Sea Kings were... Read more

2010 International Sea King Symposium launched

2010 International Sea King Symposium launched

7-Aug-2010Source: Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace Corporation (Vector - www.vectoraerospace.com) is receiving a tremendous show of support from members of the international SEA KINGâ„¢ / S61 operator and support community in preparing for the 2010 International Sea King Maintenance Symposium (www.seakingsymposium2010.com). Hosted by Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-United Kingdom from September 28th-30th, 2010 in Portsmouth, England; event registration is proceeding as... Read more

CHC awarded 10 year Irish SAR contract

CHC awarded 10 year Irish SAR contract

23-Jul-2010Source: CHC

CHC Helicopter has been awarded a 10-year, €500 million contract to provide Search and Rescue services on behalf of the Irish Coast Guard. Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, will join senior representatives from the Irish Coast Guard and CHC Ireland to officially sign the contract later today. The contract, will provide SAR services from... Read more

Danish Air Force hold Sea King retirement ceremony

Danish Air Force hold Sea King retirement ceremony

7-Jul-2010Source: HelIHub.com

Nearly 500 people recently turned up to help 722 Squadron say farewell to the venerable S-61 Sea King rescue helicopter which has anchored rescue operations across the country for 45 years.  Tactical Air Command chief executive, Henrik Dam, called a huge vote of thanks to former crew members, former patients and special invitees who had... Read more

10 families in “Iron 44” helicopter crash to settle lawsuits

10 families in “Iron 44” helicopter crash to settle lawsuits

7-Jun-2010Source: KDRV

According to a report in the Oregonian newspaper, Attorney Robert Hopkins says the families of seven Southern Oregon firefighters killed and three injured in the crash have agreed to settle with three of the five defendants in the suit.... Read more

US State Dep accepts modernized S-61â„¢ helicopters for use in Afghanistan

US State Dep accepts modernized S-61â„¢ helicopters for use in Afghanistan

2-Jun-2010Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aerospace Services today announced that the U.S. State Department has accepted the first two modernized S-61TM aircraft that will support missions for the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). The U.S. State Department has entered into a... Read more

HMS Gannet’s SAR team record busiest 24 hours

HMS Gannet’s SAR team record busiest 24 hours

26-May-2010Source: Royal Navy

In the mist and drizzle of a shrouded West Coast of Scotland the Royal Navy’s helicopter search and rescue duty crew of HMS Gannet have had their busiest 24-hour period of the year so far with no less than five call-outs. Going on call at 0900hrs on the morning of Wednesday 19 May, the crew... Read more

Canadian Helicopters airfreight 2xS61, 2xB212 to Afghanistan

Canadian Helicopters airfreight 2xS61, 2xB212 to Afghanistan

10-Apr-2010Source: Vancouver Sun

The Antonov 225, the world’s largest aircraft, will transport the building, the Canadian Helicopters choppers, and a variety of smaller cargo to Kabul for the U.S. Armed Forces just as easily.... Read more

Canadian Helicopters awarded additional work in Afghanistan

Canadian Helicopters awarded additional work in Afghanistan

9-Mar-2010Source: Canadian Helicopters

MONTREAL, March 8 – Canadian Helicopters Income Fund (TSX: CHL.UN) (the “Fund”), the largest helicopter transportation services company operating in Canada, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded additional work in Afghanistan by the the United States Transportation Command (“USTRANSCOM”). This amendment to the support contract previously announced on December 22, 2008, entails... Read more

US State Dept to Purchase up to 110 Sikorsky S-61T(TM) Helicopters for Use in Afghanistan

US State Dept to Purchase up to 110 Sikorsky S-61T(TM) Helicopters for Use in Afghanistan

22-Feb-2010Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced today at Heli-Expo that the U.S. State Department has entered into an IDIQ (indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity) agreement to purchase up to 110 modernized S-61â„¢ aircraft for passenger and cargo transport missions in support of its worldwide operations. Delivery of the first four modernized S-61â„¢ aircraft will support missions for the U.S.... Read more

Pall Teams with Carson Helicopters on S-61 Modernization Program

Pall Teams with Carson Helicopters on S-61 Modernization Program

22-Feb-2010Source: Pall Corp

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

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

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

12-Feb-2010Source: Columbia Helicopters

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

Haiti – Canada has two Bell 412s on scene, two more helicopters to follow

Haiti – Canada has two Bell 412s on scene, two more helicopters to follow

15-Jan-2010Source: Globe and Mail

It will also carry two CH-146 Griffon helicopters, part of batch of at least four helicopters being sent to help transport needed items through a country in rubble: another Griffon is to leave later Thursday on a cargo plane, and a Sea King will sail with the navy ships... Read more

UK Government assures future of RNAS Culdrose

UK Government assures future of RNAS Culdrose

18-Dec-2009Source: Falmouth Packet

The announcement by the Secretary of State for Defence concerning the future plans for UK military helicopters will have a positive effect on operations at RNAS Culdrose.... Read more

Royal Navy Sea King crews honored for Afghanistan deployment

Royal Navy Sea King crews honored for Afghanistan deployment

14-Dec-2009Source: UK MoD

The Sea King crews from 854 Naval Air Squadron were recently presented with their Afghanistan Operational Service Medals by Head of the Royal Navy, First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope.... Read more

Malaysia needs 27 Eurocopter EC725s to replace entire Sikorsky S61 fleet

Malaysia needs 27 Eurocopter EC725s to replace entire Sikorsky S61 fleet

2-Dec-2009Source: Bernama

Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) chief General Datuk Seri Rodzali Daud said 12 Eurocopter EC725 helicopters will not be enough to replace the Nuri (Sikorsky S61A).... Read more

AgustaWestland Awarded US Navy Contract for Egyptian H-3s

AgustaWestland Awarded US Navy Contract for Egyptian H-3s

19-Nov-2009Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland is please to announce that AgustaWestland North America (AWNA) was recently awarded a $17.35 million U.S. Navy contract to provide depot level maintenance on three Egyptian Mk-2 variant H-3 helicopters.... Read more

Was Obama at Penzance Heliport? Helicopter firm reveals the truth

Was Obama at Penzance Heliport? Helicopter firm reveals the truth

31-Oct-2009Source: British International

The event coincided with a break in President Barack Obama’s public engagements, leading to speculation about an impromptu visit to Cornwal... Read more

Report finds discrepancies in helicopter's documented weight

Report finds discrepancies in helicopter's documented weight

18-Sep-2009Source: Mail Tribune

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.... Read more

Isolair Granted New Amended STC Approval for S61 Fire Fighting System

Isolair Granted New Amended STC Approval for S61 Fire Fighting System

4-Sep-2009Source: Vertical

ISOLAIR, INC. of Gresham, Oregon was granted the new Amended STC approval for the A & N model S-61 Sikorsky Fire Fighting System. The system features a fiberglass under slug hard mounted 1000gallon tank.... Read more

Sikorsky Aerospace Services Hosts International Sea King Maintenance Symposium

Sikorsky Aerospace Services Hosts International Sea King Maintenance Symposium

2-Sep-2009Source: Sikorsky

The 50th anniversary of the legendary S-61â„¢ helicopter will be celebrated during the 12th annual International SEA KINGâ„¢ Maintenance Symposium, kicking off today at the Omni Hotel in New Haven... Read more

RAF Boulmer Airman Clocks up 10,000 Sea King Hours

RAF Boulmer Airman Clocks up 10,000 Sea King Hours

20-Aug-2009Source: RAF

An RAF Boulmer Search and Rescue Radar/Winch Operator has reached a momentous milestone in his career, recording 10,000 flying hours in a Sea King helicopter.... Read more

RAF Puma upgrade by Eurocopter Romania stalled amid fears of voter backlash

RAF Puma upgrade by Eurocopter Romania stalled amid fears of voter backlash

27-May-2009Source: Times

The work on the 33 Pumas is expected to be done by Eurocopter Romania, but MPs are worried about the reaction of voters amid rising unemployment in Britain. The Government is said to favour switching the £250 million to £400 million contract from Eurocopter to AgustaWestland, which would upgrade the Royal Navy’s Sea Kings instead... Read more

Sea King comes back to life

Sea King comes back to life

11-Apr-2009Source: Vector Aerospace

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