PRESS RELEASE – 11 January 2018
Helijet and PHI enter into Sikorsky S-76C++ Fleet Upgrade Arrangement.
Richmond, B.C. Canada (January 11, 2018): Helijet International Inc. (“Helijet”) based in Richmond, B.C. Canada has entered into a Letter of Intent for the procurement and supply of up to six (6) newer model Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopters with PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) based in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA.
The companies have signed definitive agreements for the delivery and acceptance of the first three Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopters which will be prepared at PHI’s Lafayette maintenance facilities for delivery to Helijet during the first and second quarters of 2018.
PHI will tailor the aircraft to Helijet’s specifications, including a complete re-paint to company livery, avionics changes, and selected aircraft operating equipment prior to being added to Helijet’s fleet for scheduled and general charter operating services in Canada. Helijet will redesign and refurbish the 12-passenger cabin interiors of the three aircraft. Additional aircraft deliveries will be subject to respective Company board approvals.
Danny Sitnam, Helijet’s CEO stated: “Helijet has been planning its aircraft fleet expansion and upgrade for the past 24 months, and is now committed to bringing in newer, more advanced technology to the communities it serves. We are very pleased that we can accomplish this initiative in concert with an aviation world leader such as PHI.”
PHI’s Chief Commercial Officer, Dave Stepanek expressed: “It is an absolute pleasure to work with Danny and his team. Their long history operating the S-76 with an excellent passenger service operation makes participating in this fleet upgrade even more exciting. We know the level of professionalism at Helijet and know they will maintain and operate our S-76C++s to the highest industry standards.” Helijet and PHI are long-standing and experienced air operators utilizing the Sikorsky family of helicopters and will continue to work collaboratively to better accommodate their respective fleet rationalization in the ever-changing market place.
PRESS RELEASE – 18 December 2017
Erickson Begins 20th Season of Fighting Fires in Australia.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Erickson Incorporated, a leading aerospace manufacturer and global aerial services company that has fought fires for nearly 50 years, has returned to serve the citizens of Australia for its 20th year. The October start of the fire season parallels the beginning of summer “Down Under,” and Erickson has six S-64 Aircranes located in or en route to Victoria, South Australia; New South Wales; and Perth, Western Australia. The National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) extended a contract to supply Aircranes for 2017-2018, through Australian partner Kestrel Aviation.
Erickson’s first season in Australia began in 1997, with a single aircraft in Melbourne, Victoria and continued to grow and evolve to the current partnership with Kestrel Aviation which serve four states through five bushfire agencies. Erickson is remembered for raising public and international awareness of aerial firefighting effectiveness with ‘Elvis’ during the critical fire campaigns of 2001 in New South Wales.(All Erickson Aircranes have a nickname painted across the nose of the aircraft.) Four Erickson employees have served for all 20 years of the contract and look forward to returning again this year.
Douglas Kitani, Erickson CEO and Director said, “Erickson has an outstanding reputation for having some of the most experienced pilots and maintenance crews in firefighting. We appreciate the trust of our agency customers in Australia and will endeavor to do our best for the people of Australia.”
WEBSITE NEWS: HAI Heli-Expo 2017 Photo Report Page Published on date 30 April 2017. Thanks to Andrea BERNARDI, Oscar BERNARDI & Gianfilippo COLASANTO for the complete Photo Report of the event held in Dallas, Texaxs, during March 2017.
Sikorsky S64F Skycrane Forestale I-CFAG / CFS-100 … during AIB activity at Ponte Nossa (BG), April 2017. Thanks to Paolo ANESA for these “action” pics.
Sikorsky S76A++ Aviapro SA HB-ZPP … taking off from Aviosuperficie Boglietto, Costigliole d’Asti (AT), March 2017.
Sikorsky S76B Viking D-HOSF … landing at Emden Airport, October 2016.
Sikorsky S76A++ Helitalia I-HBAS … wearing full color scheme at Ancona Falconara, May 1998.
HELI-EXPO 2016 – PRESS RELEASE
Turbomeca to offer S-76C+ engine upgrade program.
Louisville, HAI Heli-Expo, 2 March 2016
Turbomeca (Safran) will introduce an engine retrofit program to enable Arriel 2S1powered S-76C+ operators to upgrade to the Arriel 2S2 S-76C++ model. This engine upgrade will be conducted alongside an airframe retrofit program provided by Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin company.
Upgrading to S-76C++ configuration with Arriel 2S2 engines will deliver improved mission capabilities including greater take-off and cruising power, reduced pilot workload and higher payload.
Certified in 2005, the Arriel 2S2 is eight per cent more powerful than the Arriel 2S1. The engine delivers take-off power at 923 shp, cruise power of 832 shp and a maximum One Engine Inoperative (OEI) rating of 1033 shp. The 2S2 also features a dual-channel FADEC Arriel 2S2 meets the highest market standards in terms of reliability and robustness, with a TBO that has been extended to 3,850 hours.
Turbomeca Vice-President Support and Services Franck Saudo commented, “This upgrade program is a great opportunity to offer our customers greater performance and added value with the Arriel 2S2 which is an already proven high-performance engine on the S76”.
The engine retrofit upgrade will be available for order in the second quarter of 2016.
Around 12,000 Arriel units have been produced, of which 700 are Arriel 2S1 and 2S2, together logging 45 million flight hours. Ranging from 650 to 1000 shp, the Arriel engine family powers over 40 different helicopter types.
Arriel is the best-selling helicopter engine solution in its class. An Arriel-powered helicopter takes off every 15 seconds – all day, every day.
HELI-EXPO 2016 PRESS RELEASE
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, March 1, 2016 – Sikorsky recognized Era Group Inc. today as the
first operator to enter revenue service with a new production Sikorsky S-92® helicopter with
Gross Weight Expansion (GWE). The event was conducted at the 2016 Helicopter Association
International Heli-Expo show at Sikorsky’s booth where Era’s S-92 helicopter is on display.
Sikorsky Aircraft is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT).
Era’s first Sikorsky S-92 helicopter with GWE entered into revenue service in the Gulf of
Mexico in October 2015. The GWE increases the maximum take-off weight from 26,500 to
27,700 pounds. Era recently accepted delivery of its second S-92 helicopter with the GWE
option, and now operates a fleet of nine Sikorsky aircraft.
“Our customers are greatly benefitting from the extra payload offered by this S-92
helicopter,” said Chris Bradshaw, President and Chief Executive Officer, Era Group, Inc.
“The safety, reliability and performance of the S-92 helicopter makes it an optimal platform
for those we serve.”
Sikorsky has delivered more than 275 S-92 helicopters to customers throughout the world.
The fleet has flown more than 950,000 flight hours. S-92 helicopters perform a variety of
missions including oil & gas worker transportation, search and rescue, and a variety of
transportation missions for head of state, utility and airline passengers.
For additional information, visit our website: www.sikorsky.com.
A few years ago Luxottica was operating this beautiful Sikorsky S76B registered I-LXCA out of Agordo (BL) … here pictured while resting in Firenze Peretola during November 1997.