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Sikorsky aircraft teams with Carson Helicopters to launch modernization program for S-61 aircraft

Oct. 6, 2008, Stratfrod, Conn. – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has announced the signing of an agreement with Carson Helicopters, Inc. that will lead to the launch of a modernization program for the legendary S-61 Sikorsky helicopter.


October 6, 2008
By Administrator

Oct. 6, 2008, Stratfrod, Conn. – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has announced the signing of an agreement with Carson Helicopters, Inc. that will lead to the launch of a modernization program for the legendary S-61 Sikorsky helicopter. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. 

“The Sikorsky Modernization Program will breathe new life into this iconic symbol of rotorcraft excellence, providing the enhancements needed to perform effectively in high/hot operating conditions and to put this aircraft back to duty for years to come,” said David Adler, President of Sikorsky Aerospace Services. 

Approximately 620 S-61 helicopters remain in service in both the commercial and military markets worldwide. The aircraft first began flying in 1959, and the more than 1,000 that were produced have flown 3.8 million flight hours combined.   While the military and commercial variants were originally designed with different users in mind, the modernization program will be the same.  It will consist of extensive airframe refurbishment, state-of-the-art glass cockpit, cargo hook and hoist system, and new composite main rotor blades that dramatically improve aircraft performance in high-hot conditions as well as provide additional lift and speed capabilities. 

The upgrades will occur at Sikorsky Aerospace Services’ facility in Chase Field, Texas.  “This modernization program, which we have developed over the past several years in close partnership with Carson Helicopters, will enable Sikorsky to build upon the legacy of a truly great aircraft and provide our customers with the mission capability to keep them flying for years to come,” Adler said.  Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service.

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 Its Sikorsky Aerospace Services business designs and applies advanced logistics and supply chain solutions for commercial rotary, military rotary and fixed wing customers.  Sikorsky Aerospace Services comprises Derco Aerospace, Inc., Helicopter Support, Inc., Sikorsky Support Services, Inc., Composite Technology, Inc., and Sikorsky Aircraft Australia – Helitech, and offers complete aftermarket support solutions globally.  Sikorsky Aircraft’s mission statement reflects the company’s long commitment to safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere… every time?." More information is available at the interactive web site: www.sikorsky.com

 Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.  Carson Helicopters, Inc., based in Perkasie, Pa. and Grants Pass, Oregon, provides helicopter services worldwide.  The company pioneered the first industrial use of helicopters in 1963, and today operates 12 Sikorsky S-61 helicopters. 


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