SIKORSKY S-61A, DUNSMUIR, CALIF., MARCH 26, 2002–Visual meteorological conditions prevailed when the twin-engine helicopter hit terrain, killing the pilot and seriously injuring the copilot, both commercially rated. According to the investigator’s interview with the operator, Croman Corp. of White City, Ore., the pilot was maneuvering the helicopter in the area as part of a logging operation.
Acrohelipro and Carson helicopters are outfitting the first two of Carson’s Sikorsky S-61 fleet with Sagem Avionics’ integrated cockpit display system retrofit. Carson will retrofit 10 S-61s over the next two-and-a-half years. The refit includes five 10-inch cockpit displays, comprising two primary flight displays, two multifunction displays and one caution advisory panel for CAS messages.
With North Sea competition investing in the EC 225, Super Puma Mk 2 and S-92, is there still a role for the Sikorsky S-61N? The workhorse has been providing sterling service for more than 40 years, but the oil majors regard it–as a people-carrier at least–as obsolescent hardware.
With the appointment of a new manager to lead its bid for a joint civil/military UK Search and Rescue service, Bristow Helicopters is giving notice of its desire to win the contract back from Canadian nemesis CHC. Bristow director Allan Blake is confident that the loss of the work last year was “just a hiccup” for the helicopter services company.
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