The Sikorsky Humanitarian Service Award is presented annually to the person or crew that best demonstrates the value of rotorcraft to society by saving lives, protecting property and aiding those in distress, either through a specific mission or over a period of time. The 2010 recipient of the award is the crew of U.S. Coast Guard CGNR 6033, based at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla.
Shane Eddy is the new kid on the block at Sikorsky, but he’s no neophyte to helicopters, having spent more than 25 years in the industry, with the last 14 years at Bell Helicopter, where he most recently served as senior vice president of customer support and services.
Volo Aviation’s newest FBO at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Bridgeport, Conn., is on target to open in April. The new facility includes 35,000 sq ft of hangar space and a 4,000-sq-ft FBO and office building featuring polycarbonate and structural glass panels instead of the traditional steel and concrete found at many airports. Volo’s FBO is the first major new construction project at the airport in about 30 years.
Pilatus PC-12/47, Bridgeport, Conn., June 12, 2009– The fractionally owned single-engine turboprop was substantially damaged when it struck a blast fence on landing at Igor Sikorsky Memorial Airport.
According to Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky, two more S-76D prototypes will soon join the helicopter test program, which is expected to conclude next year with certification and first deliveries. Meanwhile, the company said last week at the Paris Air Show that it is continuing envelope expansion on the first prototype, dubbed D1, which has been flying since February 7.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) has opened a regional parts facility with Times Aerospace Korea (TAK) at the Gimpo Aerospace Complex in Gimpo City, Gyongg-Do, Republic of Korea. The facility will stock parts for Sikorsky helicopters and may also stock fixed-wing aircraft parts for customers of Derco Aerospace, a SAS company. TAK is an authorized Sikorsky S-76 service center and owns and operates Sikorsky S-92s and S-61s.
Times Aerospace Korea (TAK) has partnered with Sikorsky Aerospace Services to open a regional parts stocking facility at Gimpo Aerospace Industrial Complex in Gimpo City, South Korea. Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft.
As Sikorsky prepares to deliver its 100th medium-lift, twin-engine S-92A, the role main rotor vibration and other past problems with the helicopter’s main rotor gearbox (MGB) played in the fatal crash of a Cougar Helicopters S-92 off Newfoundland on March 12 remains under study by Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB).
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.