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Columbia enters MOU with Brightwater UAG to support Sikorsky S-61

March 23, 2022  By Helicopters Staff

Columbia Helicopters and Brightwater UAG sign MOU. Featuring from left to right- Columbia Helicopters Senior Director of Technical Operations Rob Roedts, Brightwater UAG VP Business Development Craig Dempsey, Columbia Helicopters Vice President Business of Development Michael Tremlett, Brightwater UAG CEO Jamie Gelder, and Columbia Helicopters Vice President of Operations Mike Brunner. (Photo: Columbia Helicopters)

Columbia Helicopters and Brightwater United Aero Group entered into a memorandum of understanding to work cooperatively on a supply chain agreement supporting the GE CT58 engine and the Sikorsky S-61 platform in its entirety.

Columbia has operated and maintained the CT58 engine for more than six decades. In March 2018, Columbia became the Total Logistics Support provider for all operators and maintainers of GE T58 and CT58 engines. Under that agreement with GE, Columbia was licensed to produce all procurable spare parts under its FAA Production Certificate utilizing OEM drawings and specifications and provide maintenance for the global fleet.

“This MOU allows us to be well positioned with United Aero Group to support the S-61 and CT58 communities with product/logistics support and OEM components,” said Santiago Crespo, Vice President of Growth and Strategy at Columbia Helicopters. “We are excited to team with United Aero Group and leverage both of our talents,”

United Aero Group (UAG) was granted the Sikorsky distributorship of total support of the S-61 platform in 2020. UAG offers a full offering of S-61 support for parts, GSE and rotables.



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