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CH-53E flies with upgraded glass cockpit

CH-53E flies with upgraded glass cockpit

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — The Marine Corps’ 235th birthday, Nov. 10, marked the first flight here of the Marine Corps first CH-53E helicopter equipped with a new glass cockpit and avionics upgrade. Now that the first flight has been accomplished, the upgraded CH-53E Super Sea Stallion will now begin flight test… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 14-Dec-10

Sikorsky explains four-year delivery slip for S-76D

Sikorsky explains four-year delivery slip for S-76D

As Sikorsky launches production on the S-76D, the company has acknowledged that development setbacks have delayed first delivery by four years until 2012.

Source: Flightglobal, 13-Dec-10

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Sikorsky awarded $170M contracts to support Corpus Christi Army Depot

Sikorsky awarded $170M contracts to support Corpus Christi Army Depot

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, Stratford, Conn., was awarded on December 7, 2010 a $102,757,241 firm-fixed-price contract for providing integrated services and supplies to include technical, engineering, and logistical services and 100 percent material to support Corpus Christi Army Depot and U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command in the overhaul, repair and recapitalization of the H-60 weapon… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Dec-10

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

UK: New Sea King squadron takes over in Afghanistan

UK: New Sea King squadron takes over in Afghanistan

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 »

Source: Royal Navy, 12-Dec-10

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

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

Japan selects Mitsubishi’s proposal to build 40 UH-60J SAR helicopters

Japan selects Mitsubishi’s proposal to build 40 UH-60J SAR helicopters

December 8, 2010 Stratford, Conn., – Japan’s Ministry of Defense has selected Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ (MHI) proposal to supply the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) with a new fleet of advanced UH-60J search and rescue helicopters. The aircraft will be produced under license from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). The… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 09-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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S-76Dâ„¢ enters final assembly

S-76Dâ„¢ enters final assembly

COATESVILLE, Pa. – Final assembly production of the S-76Dâ„¢ helicopter has commenced at Sikorsky Global Helicopters’ manufacturing facility, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today, marking a significant milestone in delivering the next generation of the popular S-76® helicopter. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). Aero Vodochody in the Czech Republic, which has produced… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 07-Dec-10

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Germany sends two CH-53s to fight Israeli fires

Germany sends two CH-53s to fight Israeli fires

Germany has committed two helicopters to help Israeli fight their worst ever forest fire

05-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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Sikorsky delivers first S-61T to US State Dept

Sikorsky delivers first S-61T to US State Dept

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 »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-Dec-10

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

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

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

Source: Northern View, 03-Dec-10

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Historic ferry damaged during Black Hawk training

Historic ferry damaged during Black Hawk training

The Australian Defence Force says it will consider repairing the Baragoola. The Defence Department has confirmed it was conducting domestic counter-terrorism exercises in the area at the time. It says any damage claims will be assessed by the Defence Insurance Office

Source: ABC, 03-Dec-10

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Mexican Federal Police take delivery of three UH-60Ms

Mexican Federal Police take delivery of three UH-60Ms

In a ceremony headed by the Secretary of Public Security, Genaro Garcia Luna Engineer and U.S. Ambassador Carlos Pascual Mexico , in the Command Center of the Federal Police , carried out the delivery of three UH-60M Black Hawk, aircraft entirely new, specially designed to the specifications required by the federal Public Security Secretariat. The… Read more »

Source: Policia Federal, 01-Dec-10

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Denmark requests 12 MH-60R helicopters

Denmark requests 12 MH-60R helicopters

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2010 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress November 29 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Denmark of 12 MH-60R SEAHAWK Multi-Mission Helicopters and associated parts, equipment and logistical support for an estimated cost of $2.0 billion. The Government of Denmark has requested a possible sale of 12 MH-60R SEAHAWK… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 01-Dec-10

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Root cause of S-92 gearbox cracks remains elusive

Root cause of S-92 gearbox cracks remains elusive

US and European regulators say a new and improved main gearbox mounting structure for the Sikorsky S-92A continues to exhibit the cracking problems that plagued an earlier design

Source: Flightglobal, 01-Dec-10

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Sikorsky invests in UAV solutions company Adaptive Flight

Sikorsky invests in UAV solutions company Adaptive Flight

STRATFORD, Conn., — Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., today announced it has made an equity investment in Adaptive Flight, Inc., a Georgia-based manufacturer of avionics system solutions for small and medium-sized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The investment, in part, will be directed toward developing technologies that allow piloted and unpiloted… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 30-Nov-10

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First S76 registered in Switzerland

First S76 registered in Switzerland

Unlikely as it seems, Switzerland has just registered its first Sikorsky S76 on their local “HB-” register, despite the type having been in commercial operations for over 31 years and Switzerland being a very active user of helicopters. The helicopter concerned is an S76B model, serial 76-0430, and best known to HeliHub.com readers in Europe… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Nov-10

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Cleveland Clinic neighbours complaining about S76 noise

Cleveland Clinic neighbours complaining about S76 noise

Neighbors of the Cleveland Clinic’s Medina Hospital say its life saving helicopter service is ruining the quality of their own lives.

Source: Fox8 Cleveland, 26-Nov-10

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US gives Mexico three UH-60Ms for counter narcotics work

US gives Mexico three UH-60Ms for counter narcotics work

The United States Department of State announced today the delivery of three Black Hawk UH-60M helicopters to the Government of Mexico’s Federal Police force (SSP). The helicopters, valued at $64 million, mark the first Merida Initiative aviation delivery to the SSP and will compliment the SSP’s current air fleet by expanding law enforcement operations, allowing… Read more »

Source: US Embassy in Mexico, 26-Nov-10

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NTSB cites lack of bird strike resistant windshield requirements in fatal PHi S76 crash

NTSB cites lack of bird strike resistant windshield requirements in fatal PHi S76 crash

The National Transportation Safety Board today released a final report on a fatal crash involving a transport-category helicopter caused by a bird strike. The Board said the lack of requirements for bird strike-resistant windshields contributed to the crash, and called on the FAA to develop such requirements. On January 4, 2009, a dual-engine Sikorsky S-76C++… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 25-Nov-10

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Sikorsky awarded $11M contract for work on one VVIP UH-60M for Jordan

Sikorsky awarded $11M contract for work on one VVIP UH-60M for Jordan

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded on Nov. 19 an $11,796,358 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract is for the P00253 exercises an option for one UH-60M aircraft for Jordan Foreign Military Sales Case JO-B-WAT, as well as four engineering change proposals and provides the contractor consideration for the conversion of specific government furnished equipment items… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Nov-10

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Ornge opts for Navtech flight planning solution

Ornge opts for Navtech flight planning solution

November 23, 2010 (TORONTO) – Through a three-year agreement, Navtech, Inc., a leader in flight operations software and services, provides flight plans and flight following services for Ornge Air, an acclaimed air medical transport company based in Ontario, Canada. Ornge is Navtech’s first air medical transport customer – further evidence of the growing diversity of… Read more »

Source: Navtech, 24-Nov-10

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24-Nov-10 Sikorsky UH-60 Yass, Australia

An Army Black Hawk helicopter from the 5th Aviation Regiment, based at Townsville, Queensland, conducted an emergency landing near Yass

24-Nov-10

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Rheinmetall and Sikorsky present S92 to replace German Navy Sea Kings

Rheinmetall and Sikorsky present S92 to replace German Navy Sea Kings

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 »

Source: Rheinmetall, 23-Nov-10

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More delays in Canadian military S92s – November deadline will not be met

More delays in Canadian military S92s – November deadline will not be met

To allow the Canadian Forces to begin training its helicopter crews, the government agreed at the time to start taking the delivery of a few “interim” aircraft on Nov. 30 of this year.

23-Nov-10

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Sikorsky forms team to develop X2 Raider armed scout helicopter

Sikorsky forms team to develop X2 Raider armed scout helicopter

Sikorsky director for light tactical helicopters Douglas Shidler said the company was currently looking at potential suppliers and is expected to finalize the team in 2 to 3 months.

Source: Defense Update, 22-Nov-10

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ITT delivers first composite assembly for CH-53K

ITT delivers first composite assembly for CH-53K

ITT Corporation has delivered its first major structural subassemblies for the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. This delivery culminates nearly three years of advanced design, development, testing and manufacturing to provide sponsons for the CH-53K helicopter. These assemblies represent a significant technology advancement by applying composite… Read more »

Source: ITT, 22-Nov-10

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Sikorsky’s Carey is nominee for Canadore College Premier’s Award

Sikorsky’s Carey is nominee for Canadore College Premier’s Award

Canadore College is pleased to announce its four nominees for the 2010 Premier’s Awards for outstanding college graduates held in Toronto on November 22. Carey D. Bond (Stratford, CT) – President of Sikorsky Global Helicopters, chief marketing officer of Sikorsky Global Aircraft, and graduate of Canadore’s Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance program and Helicopter Pilot… Read more »

Source: Canadore College, 21-Nov-10

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US Navy tests biofuel in MH-60S

US Navy tests biofuel in MH-60S

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (NNS) — Moving closer to achieving the objective of decreasing its need for petroleum-based fuels, the Navy flew an MH60S Sea Hawk on a 50/50 biofuel blend Nov. 18 in Patuxent River, Md. The helicopter, from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 21 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., tested a fuel… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 19-Nov-10

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Union calls for quick action on helicopter safety report

Union calls for quick action on helicopter safety report

The union representing oil workers on the Hibernia and Terra Nova offshore oil platforms is calling for speedy adoption of all of recommendations in the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry report released yesterday. “We are especially pleased with the call for an independent safety regulator,” says Chuck Shewfelt, the Atlantic Regional Vice-President of the Communications, Energy… Read more »

Source: CEP-SCEP, 19-Nov-10

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The Engineer magazine reviews Sikorsky’s electric Firefly

The Engineer magazine reviews Sikorsky’s electric Firefly

An eco-friendly all-electric helicopter could one day change the face of urban transportation, they suggest

Source: The Engineer, 19-Nov-10

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Helicopter safety agency needed, Cougar S92 report says

Helicopter safety agency needed, Cougar S92 report says

Critics have accused the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board of a conflict of interest because it is tasked with developing offshore resources to the maximum extent while also protecting workers and the environment.

Source: Toronto Star, 19-Nov-10

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C-NLOPB releases Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry Report, Phase I

C-NLOPB releases Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry Report, Phase I

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) received the Report of the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry today and is releasing it to the public immediately. “On behalf of the Board, I thank Commissioner Robert Wells, commission counsel and the staff of the commission for their work during the course of Phase I of the… Read more »

Source: C-NLOPB, 18-Nov-10

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Sikorsky S-76 and S-92 flying strong in China

Sikorsky S-76 and S-92 flying strong in China

ZHUHAI, China – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has delivered nine new S-76® and S-92® helicopters to China in 2010 – the most ever in a single year for China – through a steady stream of deliveries that include the delivery of two S-76C++â„¢ search and rescue (SAR) helicopters to the Ministry of Transport (MOT) China Rescue… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 17-Nov-10

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Schweizer family sue Sikorsky over 2004 deal

Schweizer family sue Sikorsky over 2004 deal

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Stuart, Leslie and Paul H. Schweizer, who all served as president of the company on a rotating basis. Japanese company Kawada Industries that acquired a 25% stake in Schweizer in 1992, is also listed as a plaintiff. They are seeking at least $2.8 million

Source: Star Gazette, 17-Nov-10

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SH-60B Seahawk retired to Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor

SH-60B Seahawk retired to Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor

Marine Corps Base Hawaii pilots CDR Brian Gebo and Lt. Brian Roberts brought a Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk helicopter in for its final landing at its new home at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, this morning, Tuesday, November 16, at 11am. “This fly-in was very exciting for us. It’s an acquisition for the Museum through a… Read more »

Source: Pacific Aviation Museum, 17-Nov-10

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Coast Guard won’t replace cables that brought down copter

Coast Guard won’t replace cables that brought down copter

Accident report on HeliHub.com of this 7th July 2010 accident is here

Source: Seattle Times, 16-Nov-10

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New UK government expected to confirm Soteria consortium for 25-year SAR contract

New UK government expected to confirm Soteria consortium for 25-year SAR contract

A recommendation to the Treasury proposes pressing ahead with the Soteria consortium, comprising Thales UK, Royal Bank of Scotland and CHC, a helicopter operator, which was chosen as preferred bidder in February. A decision is expected in the next fortnight.

Source: Financial Times, 16-Nov-10

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US GAO explains Mi-17 preference to Sikorsky

US GAO explains Mi-17 preference to Sikorsky

The Pentagon argued that Afghani pilots already know how to fly Mi-17s because of the lengthy Soviet occupation, and that training them on new helicopters would take years.

Source: CTnow, 16-Nov-10

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S-70iâ„¢ Black Hawk makes historic first flight in Poland

S-70iâ„¢ Black Hawk makes historic first flight in Poland

MIELEC, Poland – An S-70iâ„¢ BLACK HAWK helicopter has flown in Poland for the first time, marking an historic milestone for the helicopter line being produced by Sikorsky Aircraft’s company in Poland, PZL Mielec. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). PZL Mielec is the final assembly center for the S-70i helicopter,… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 16-Nov-10

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UK: Peel Holdings takes delivery of new corporate S76C++

UK: Peel Holdings takes delivery of new corporate S76C++

An unannounced new Sikorsky S76C++ was registered four weeks ago in the UK as G-PACO and has been operating from City Airport in Manchester, also known as Barton. The registered owner of this helicopter with the UK CAA is Cardinal Helicopter Services (IOM) Ltd, with a private address given in the Isle of Man –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Nov-10

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USAREUR releases report on deadly February Black Hawk crash

USAREUR releases report on deadly February Black Hawk crash

WIESBADEN, Germany — Investigators were unable to determine the cause of the Feb. 3 Army helicopter crash that killed three U.S. soldiers near Mannheim, Germany, but revealed several miscues made by the unit and the flight crew before takeoff. The purpose of the ill-fated UH-60 flight, dubbed Duke 27, was to conduct pilot proficiency training,… Read more »

Source: US Army Europe, 16-Nov-10

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Sikorsky Commercial Links – November 2010 edition

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Nov-10

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US GAO denies Sikorsky protest over Afghan Mi-17s

US GAO denies Sikorsky protest over Afghan Mi-17s

The US Government Accountability Office has denied a protest by Sikorsky that the US Navy unfairly excluded it from competing for a multi-billion dollar helicopter contract

11-Nov-10

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Sikorsky signs 12-year lease for Wings of Eagles facility

Sikorsky signs 12-year lease for Wings of Eagles facility

Sikorsky’s future in the Southern Tier was extended by at least 12 years Wednesday when they signed a lease and committed $10 million to occupy and renovate the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Big Flats

Source: Star Gazette, 11-Nov-10

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Tata unveils first S92 cabin

Tata unveils first S92 cabin

Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL) Sunday unveiled the first Sikorsky-92 helicopter cabin manufactured at its facility at the aerospace and precision engineering Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on the outskirts of Hyderabad. TASL is scheduled to deliver the first cabin later this month to US-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, one of the world’s largest helicopter manufacturers and… Read more »

Source: Tata Advanced Systems, 08-Nov-10

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National Museum of the US Air Force to add Vietnam era HH-3

National Museum of the US Air Force to add Vietnam era HH-3

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is currently performing a detailed restoration of a historic Sikorsky HH-3 “Jolly Green Giant” rescue helicopter. The HH-3 has been in museum storage with the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and was recently transported to the museum’s restoration facility… Read more »

Source: National Museum of the USAF, 05-Nov-10

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UAE Air Force confirms $300M Black Hawk deal

UAE Air Force confirms $300M Black Hawk deal

The fourth edition of the Dubai Helishow, inaugurated by Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Art, continued to attract the region’s leading stakeholders in civil, medical, military, and search and rescue sector with day one seeing the confirmation of a deal between the UAE Airforce and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation…. Read more »

Source: Dubai Helishow, 04-Nov-10

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CPI Aero awarded Supplier Gold Status from Sikorsky

CPI Aero awarded Supplier Gold Status from Sikorsky

EDGEWOOD, N.Y., Nov 01, 2010 — CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero(R)”) (CVU 11.38, +0.26, +2.34%) announced today that Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (UTX 74.64, -0.13, -0.17%) , has awarded CPI Aero its Supplier Gold status. UTC’s Supplier Gold program recognizes superior performance in quality, delivery, lean manufacturing and customer satisfaction…. Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 01-Nov-10

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Sikorsky plans new facility for CH-53K transmission testing

Sikorsky plans new facility for CH-53K transmission testing

The planned 12,000 square-foot building is one-story with a mezzanine for storage The structure would not expand the footprint of Sikorsky’s Stratford campus.

Source: CT Post, 01-Nov-10

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Tata readies first Indian-made S92 cabin, with two more due this year

Tata readies first Indian-made S92 cabin, with two more due this year

The first helicopter cabin manufactured by Tata Advanced Systems in the aerospace SEZ in Ranga Reddy district will be delivered next week.

Source: Times of India, 01-Nov-10

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US Air Force finalises order for up to 93 UH-60M Black Hawks

US Air Force finalises order for up to 93 UH-60M Black Hawks

The U.S. Air Force is close to finalizing a sole-source deal to buy up to 93 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters from the U.S. Army, according to defense industry sources.

Source: Army Times, 01-Nov-10

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Canadian military response to Auditor General’s comments

Canadian military response to Auditor General’s comments

On October 26, 2010, the Auditor General of Canada, Sheila Fraser, tabled her Fall Report in the House of Commons. Chapter 6 of the Auditor General’s Report, “Acquisition of Military Helicopters,” examines the acquisition of the CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter to replace the CH-124 Sea King and the acquisition of the CH-147 Chinook for a… Read more »

Source: Dept of National Defence, 29-Oct-10

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Helijet awarded 8 year air ambulance contract

Helijet awarded 8 year air ambulance contract

Richmond-based Helijet International (TSX: HJI) has secured an eight year contract with the BC Ambulance Service to provide three helicopters, flight and maintenance personnel for rotary air ambulance services based in Vancouver and Prince Rupert. The contract, valued at $94.7 million, also includes a four year extension option. The contract commences on April 1, 2011…. Read more »

Source: Helijet, 28-Oct-10

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Delivery of 75th MH-60R heralds program affordability

Delivery of 75th MH-60R heralds program affordability

The U.S. Navy has already taken delivery of the 76th MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission helicopter. But it is the benchmark 75th delivery, celebrated on October 13, that marked more than just a new Seahawk for the fleet. It represented a renewed focus on streamlined production and affordability. “Over the last year, MS2 has devoted its resources… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 28-Oct-10

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Cougar drops Sikorsky subsidiary from Can$27M lawsuit

Cougar drops Sikorsky subsidiary from Can$27M lawsuit

Cougar launched the lawsuit in June against both Sikorsky and its subsidiary Helicopter Services Inc. (HSI), but has recently served notice it was discontinuing the civil action against HSI.

Source: The Telegram, 28-Oct-10

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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

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 »

Source: Sikorsky, 28-Oct-10

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Advanced Turbine Engine Company announces key leadership

Advanced Turbine Engine Company announces key leadership

The Advanced Turbine Engine Company LLC (ATEC), the new joint venture between Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and United Technologies Corporation’s (NYSE: UTX) Pratt & Whitney, has selected its senior leadership team, including its new president, Craig Madden. ATEC was created to develop a more efficient, more powerful engine for UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters…. Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 26-Oct-10

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Canada’s Auditor General slams helicopter purchases

Canada’s Auditor General slams helicopter purchases

“After lengthy delays and significant cost increases, National Defence still has not completely estimated what it will cost to operate these helicopters,” Auditor General Sheila Fraser said.

Source: CBC, 26-Oct-10

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Lands End Airport breaks off talks with British International

Lands End Airport breaks off talks with British International

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

Source: This is the West Country, 26-Oct-10

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Bristow renews North Sea contract with IAC for 5-10 years

Bristow renews North Sea contract with IAC for 5-10 years

Bristow Helicopters Ltd has secured a £multi-million five year deal with the Integrated Aviation Consortium (IAC) in the UK North Sea. The IAC comprises six major oil companies: BP, CNR International, Fairfield Energy, Petrofac, Shell and TAQA. The contract was renewed for a five year term with the option to extend for an additional five… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 26-Oct-10

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First S-70i Black Hawk completes test flight program

First S-70i Black Hawk completes test flight program

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – The first S-70iTM BLACK HAWK helicopter has successfully completed production flight testing and will begin development and flight testing of options that will be made available to international customers. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). The aircraft has flown more than 50 hours in its production… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 25-Oct-10

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25-Oct-10 Sikorsky UH-60 Golan Heights, Israel

Flew into an electric cable during a training flight; The Black Hawk was slightly damaged and no one on board was injured

25-Oct-10

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Sikorsky begins test operations at Systems Integration Lab for CH-53K

Sikorsky begins test operations at Systems Integration Lab for CH-53K

Sikorsky Aircraft is set to begin testing of the key systems to be installed on the CH-53K helicopter, the new heavy lift aircraft being built for the U.S. Marine Corps, as a new Systems Integration Lab (SIL) was formally turned on recently to begin operations. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 22-Oct-10

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PHi settles claims over Louisiana S76 crash

PHi settles claims over Louisiana S76 crash

Plaintiffs’ attorneys and a lawyer for PHI Inc. said Thursday that confidential terms of the settlements will be filed. see also Accident report on HeliHub.com

Source: Statesman, 22-Oct-10

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Sikorsky to buy stake in Eclipse Aerospace

Sikorsky to buy stake in Eclipse Aerospace

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. announced today an agreement in principle for Sikorsky to make an investment in Eclipse Aerospace Inc. Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Eclipse Aerospace provides engineering, service, and support for the fleet of 260 Eclipse 500 twin-engine jets. Sikorsky Aircraft, manufacturer of the BLACK HAWK helicopter and other iconic… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 20-Oct-10

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Sikorsky to build two X2 Technologyâ„¢ prototypes and LTH contender, the S-97

Sikorsky to build two X2 Technologyâ„¢ prototypes and LTH contender, the S-97

Sikorsky Aircraft will design, build and fly two prototype light tactical helicopters as the follow-on advancement to the X2 TechnologyTM demonstrator aircraft that unofficially shattered the helicopter world speed record here in September with a flight speed of 250 knots (287 mph). The decision to continue development of the next-generation rotary wing technology will enable… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 20-Oct-10

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Cougar and Sikorsky debate procedure in $27-million legal dispute

Cougar and Sikorsky debate procedure in $27-million legal dispute

Lawyers for Cougar Helicopters and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. were in court Monday to debate a procedural issue in Cougar’s $27-million lawsuit against the U.S. helicopter manufacturer.

Source: The Telegram, 20-Oct-10

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UK’s Harrods Aviation to install S76 interiors in Europe for Sikorsky

UK’s Harrods Aviation to install S76 interiors in Europe for Sikorsky

NBAA Trade Show, Atlanta, Ga.,– Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced today the signing of an agreement authorizing Harrods Aviation to install modification kits on Sikorsky S-76® helicopters in Europe. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). “Sikorsky continues to increase its global presence, and… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 19-Oct-10

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Sikorsky and Líder sign for one S-92

Sikorsky and Líder sign for one S-92

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Líder Taxi Aéreo S.A. Air Brasil today announced the signing of a contract for one S-92® aircraft in a ceremony held at NBAA. This contract continues the 30-year relationship between the companies. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). Líder will operate the aircraft in Brazil in support of… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 19-Oct-10

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Rockwell Collins awarded $6.3M contract for ADS-B integration on H-53s

Rockwell Collins awarded $6.3M contract for ADS-B integration on H-53s

Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $6,313,475 order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00421-06-G-0006) for the integration of operational flight programs for the Communication, Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/AQTM) Program and automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) on the H-53 series aircraft. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa,… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 18-Oct-10

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Goodrich awarded $5.7M contract to fit HUMS in 19 MH-53s

Goodrich awarded $5.7M contract to fit HUMS in 19 MH-53s

Goodrich Corp., Sensors and Integrated Systems, Vergennes, Vt., is being awarded a $5,765,474 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-06-C-0298) for the procurement of 19 MH-53 integrated mechanical diagnostic and health usage monitoring system units. Work will be performed in Vergennes, Vt., and is expected to be completed in September 2011. Contract funds will… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 17-Oct-10

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