Hoping to encourage more operators to add its S-76D twin-turbine commercial helicopter their fleets, Sikorsky Aircraft (Booth No. 2822) announced a new entry into service (EIS) program Tuesday at Heli-Expo 2014.
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Many of the usual suppliers for Dassault’s Falcon aircraft have been selected for the 5X, although Héroux-Devtek will be the landing gear supplier (Messier Dowty provides the 7X gear). The nosegear will have a “dual-chamber, for comfort.”
Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies company, is providing the electrically started APU (“easy start, all the time”), with Thales AES supplying the new starter-generator system.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has committed to a new agreement with Hawker Beechcraft Services to support its engines on both Beechcraft King Air twin turboprops and Hawker business jets. The engine maker will provide Beechcraft’s service division with comprehensive support including repair, hot section inspection and overhaul for the PT6As on the King Air family, as well as for the Hawker 1000’s PW305B turbofan, the Hawker 4000’s PW308A and the Hawker 400A’s JT15D-5.
Covington Aircraft Engines, located at Okmulgee Regional Airport, near Tulsa, Okla., is known for its work overhauling Pratt & Whitney R-985, R-1340 and PT6 engines. This past week, though, the MRO gave back to the engine manufacturer by presenting Pratt & Whitney Canada president John Saabas and his executives with a handmade table in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the venerable PT6 turbine powerplant.
“The year 2013 has been exciting for Vector Aerospace Engine Services–Atlantic,” said Jeff Poirier, president of the Canadian company. “We have heightened our mobile repair team capabilities and coverage worldwide to offer our customers faster turn times on their engines,” he continued. Vector Aerospace holds approvals for supporting dozens of engines, including those manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Canada, Rolls-Royce, Turbomeca, GE and Honeywell as part of its Global Engine Management program.
While Sikorsky Aircraft’s parent company, United Technologies (UTC), reported improvement in its second-quarter earnings compared with last year, the helicopter manufacturer itself experienced a decrease of 3 percent in sales, a 24-percent decrease in operating profit and a drop in return on sales of 2.8 basis points. In a webcast today, Greg Hays, CFO of UTC, attributed the decreases partly to weak military aftermarket sales, which he said were down 25 percent, and the fact that sequestration is making it harder to process orders for spares.
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.
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.