Sikorsky’s Keystone subsidiary will take over final assembly and completion of the S-76C++ and subsequent variants of the twin-turbine helicopter, including the S-76D, at its Coatesville, Pa. “heliplex.” Mick Maurer, Sikorsky’s v-p for operations, said the company relocated the S-76 to make room for increased production of the Black Hawk at the company’s main plant in Stratford, Conn., beginning next year.
At a time when the progress of big-ticket military helicopter programs is measured in decades, it is worth noting that the first Boeing Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche production line opened September 17 at Sikorsky’s Bridgeport, Conn. plant.
Sikorsky Aircraft last month recognized Keystone Helicopter
for its achievement in completing and delivering the 50th S-76C+ helicopter. The aircraft is earmarked for delivery to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. Keystone, in Coatsville, Pa., has been the principal completion center for the S-76C+ since 2000.
Sikorsky Aircraft yesterday disclosed at the American Helicopter Society International annual technical forum in Grapevine, Texas, plans to build and test a demonstrator for a new class of coaxial helicopters that will have improved vertical flight capabilities and will cruise at 250 knots. The Stratford, Conn.
Dean Borgman, chairman of Sikorsky Aircraft, retired on July 1. Borgman, 62, was appointed chairman last year after serving as the helicopter manufacturer’s president since 1998. Steve Finger, who was named president of the company when Borgman became chairman, will now lead the company.
Sikorsky Aircraft and Gulf Helicopters of Doha, Qatar, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore establishing an aviation center of excellence in the Middle East. The proposed center would provide maintenance support, spares, training and design/development services to Sikorsky, Gulf and other commercial and governmental aircraft owners and operators in the Middle East region.
Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford, Conn., today announced an agreement to acquire Keystone Ranger Holdings, the privately owned parent of West Chester, Pa.-based Keystone Helicopter, an engineering, completion and technical support facility for the Sikorsky S-76 and other civil helicopters and aeromedical flight operations.
Sikorsky Aircraft recently received a contract to deliver a new S-76C++ to Trustair in the UK. In addition to the S-76C++, Sikorsky and Lynton Aviation, one of its UK sales representatives, facilitated the simultaneous sale of an S-76B from a third party to Trustair.
Last month, Sikorsky Aircraft announced an agreement to acquire privately owned Keystone Ranger Holdings for an unspecified sum. Previously backed by investors that included Meridian Venture Partners, Keystone specializes in engineering, completion and technical support for commercial helicopters, and aeromedical flight operations. Closing was expected by year-end, subject to government approval, as well as certain other conditions.
Keystone Helicopter Corp. (Booth No. 2645), which was acquired by Sikorsky Aircraft last year, announced the selection of Patty Ryan as chief financial officer. Her background includes 22 years at Sikorsky, where most recently she served as manager of the integration team for Sikorsky at Keystone. She has a master’s degree in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N.Y., and is a certified managerial accountant.