Sikorsky Aircraft offered some insight into the future of its S-300C training helicopter yesterday at Heli-Expo. The company also detailed its progress in fulfilling the last 19 orders for the S-300C following the 2012 closure of the former Schweizer production facility, with the last airframe expected to be completed within six months.
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Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 5406) has signed engine maintenance agreements with four U.S. aeromedical helicopter operators: Metro Aviation, Air Medical Group Holdings, TriState CareFlight and Life Flight Network.
In the military segment, while clearly concerned with continuing budget constraints, Sikorsky expects to achieve two milestones this year with the first flights of the CH-53K, the latest version of its heavy-lift military transport, and the S-97 Raider.
Sikorsky Aircraft yesterday named Greenwich AeroGroup subsidiary Summit Aviation an authorized customer support center for its legacy S-76 helicopters. Since the type’s introduction in 1979, Sikorsky has delivered more than 800 S-76 models, which continue to add to the type’s six million-plus flight hours.
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.
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.
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