Celebrating PHI’s 60 years of helicopter operations, Sikorsky Aircraft yesterday recognized the well-known operator at the Sikorsky booth (No. 1740) at Heli-Expo’09. Within its diverse fleet, PHI operates 43 S-76 and 10 S-92 helicopters, the largest number of Sikorsky machines in its history. The operator has logged more than 10.5 million helicopter hours since its founding in 1949 through December 2008, flying in some 43 countries.
Sikorsky Aircraft (Booth No. 1740) will honor British Columbia-based Helijet International today for achieving 140,000 accident-free hours with its fleet of S-76As. The operator provides scheduled helicopter airline and air ambulance services and has been operating Sikorsky helicopters for more than 20 years. It currently operates five S-76As, one S-61 and a Learjet 31A.
Sikorsky yesterday announced the formation of Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a new umbrella business unit for the manufacturer’s commercial helicopters, including the S-76, S-92, H-92 and the Schweizer helicopter line. As part of the rebranding, the S-300c, S-300CBi, S-333 and S-434 will be marketed as Sikorsky helicopters. “The Schweizer name will disappear,” said Marc Poland, executive vice president of the new business unit.
A Sikorsky Aircraft S-300CBi slated for delivery to Olive Branch, Miss.-based AirVenture Flight Center is on display here at Heli-Expo’09 (Booth No. 1740). The manufacturer held a delivery ceremony Sunday morning to mark the event. The S-300CBi (S/N 0352) is AirVenture’s “first venture into the helicopter marketplace,” according to Dave Horton, general manager of Sikorsky’s light helicopter division.
Sikorsky Aircraft recognized the Los Angeles County Fire Department on Sunday morning for its dedication to “saving lives and protecting the property of California residents” using a Sikorsky S-70A Firehawk.
Sikorsky Aircraft (Booth No. 1740) announced at Heli-Expo’09 the creation of Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a new business unit made up of the manufacturer’s commercial products, including the S-76, S-92 and H-92 platforms, as well as the Schweizer helicopter line.
In response to “rapid sales growth” overseas, Sikorsky Aircraft (Booth No. 1740) late last month named Stephen Estill vice president of strategic partnerships. In his new position, he will “provide the focus, expertise and dedicated resources we need to continue our global growth by capturing opportunities emerging in key markets worldwide,” said Sikorsky president Jeffrey Pino.
The family members and heirs of three service members killed in the January 2007 crash of a Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer and several parts distributors, seeking a trial by jury and damages for the wrongful death of the three men.
Sikorsky Aircraft has completed the first round of flight tests of the new X2 demonstrator and is on target to reach 250 knots by year-end, according to Jim Kagdis, Sikorsky’s manager of advanced programs.
Falcon Aviation Services is opening a Sikorsky S-76 customer support center in Abu Dhabi, the first in the Middle East. The company is a provider of helicopter charter and maintenance services based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.