The first four flying versions of the U.S. Marine Corps’ next generation CH-53K helicopter were advancing through assembly at Sikorsky Aircraft’s West Palm Beach, Florida, facility earlier this year. “We’re well beyond the paper side of the aircraft. We’re building this thing,” Marine Col. Robert Pridgen, H-53 program manager, told reporters at the Navy League conference in April.
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Pratt & Whitney today announced a contract award from Hawaiian Airlines to provide its PurePower Geared Turbofan for as many as 25 Airbus A321neos.
Buoyed by several years of steady growth and a healthy $6.8 billion in sales recorded in 2012, Sikorsky is on the right track and gaining momentum, president Mick Maurer said yesterday.
With a multi-year, multi-service Black Hawk and Seahawk contract in hand valued at $89.5 billion and an S-76D backlog valued at around $700 million, the Stratford, Conn. manufacturer is anticipating a bright 2013.
Pratt & Whitney broke ground on a new engine-part production plant at the Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore on Thursday.
In a widely unexpected move, Embraer has switched partnership alliances from GE to Pratt & Whitney with its choice of the Geared Turbofan to power the next generation of E-Jets. The decision, announced last Tuesday, gives Pratt & Whitney its fifth application for the engine line also known as the PurePower PW1000G, and leaves Boeing as the last of the four major Western airframe manufacturers not to have adopted the design.
Greenwich AeroGroup has agreed to buy military aircraft parts and logistics specialist Aero Precision Industries. Among the main platforms supported by Livermore, Calif.-based Aero Precision are F-15, F-16 and F-18 fighters, C-130 transports and helicopters such as the UH-60/S-70, UH-1, AH-64 and CH-47 types.
The Danish government signed a letter of intent to acquire nine MH-60R Seahawk helicopters through a U.S. foreign military sale valued at $686 million. Denmark is the second foreign nation after Australia to buy the maritime helicopter, manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft with mission systems integration by Lockheed Martin.
Following the acquisition of Goodrich by United Technologies in July, the company was merged with Hamilton Sundstrand to form a new entity: UTC Aerospace Systems (Stand 445). The combined company stands as one of the world’s largest suppliers of aerospace and defense products, providing systems, components and services for a wide range of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft in both military and commercial worlds.
Edra Aeronautics, a major aviation services center in Ipeuna, Brazil, about 90 miles north of São Paulo, celebrated its 15th anniversary, marking the occasion with the addition of two Schweizer 300CBi helicopters to its fleet.
The new helicopters bring the total training fleet to eight aircraft—seven Schweizers and one Comco-Ikarus C42B light piston single.
The Sikorsky Innovations Entrepreneurial Challenge, now in its second year, saw a significant increase in entries over last year, a sign that the competition is gaining interest among its target audience: entrepreneurial companies looking “to understand some of the toughest issues facing the vertical flight community and to identify their technology as relevant to one or more of these issues.” The Challenge is open to any small company with revenue under $5 million, including newly formed and pre-revenue entities.