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Helicopter Support Inc. to aid navy fleet

March 12, 2010  By Carey Fredericks

March 12, 2010, Shelton, Conn. - Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced today that Helicopter Support Incorporated (HSI), a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company, has been chosen to provide a Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) program for U.S. Navy Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) at Patuxent River, Naval Air Station under its contract with EADS North America.

A modified version of the existing Army Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) program will be provided to the Navy’s LUH fleet of five UH-72A helicopters to meet the Navy’s CLS program requirement. The CLS program for the Army provides total life-cycle support capability at a dollar per flight hour rate, and is being subcontracted to HSI by EADS North America, the prime contractor for the LUH program.
 “This teaming effort demonstrates again that our industry-leading expertise in support capabilities is well recognized,” said David Adler, president of Sikorsky Aerospace Services.
 The venture is the first of its kind to work directly with the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. It will enable the U.S. Navy to conduct test pilot training to meet the demands of multiple services. An estimated 1,000 flight hours will be flown annually by the test pilot school pilots.
 Helicopter Support, Inc. will provide comprehensive fleet support which includes material provisioning, transportation, Integrated Logistics Support (ILS), web-based maintenance management (HELOTRAC RL®) and web-based material management. This support platform allows for timely logistics and aircraft readiness management. Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance (SAM), a business unit of Sikorsky Aerospace Services, will provide on-site LUH/EC-145 trained and certified A&P mechanics to execute Navy CLS operations.


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