News Falcon Aviation Services, S-76, S-76D, S76D, Sikorsky, Sikorsky S-76D
Last Nov. 17, Wednesday, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced at the Dubai Air Show that Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) has contracted to purchase two Sikorsky S-76D helicopters, with options to purchase two more, becoming the worldwide launch customer for the new aircraft. Based in Abu Dhabi, FAS provides a wide array of helicopter and jet services, ranging from aerial tours to offshore oil and gas transport and corporate jet charter.
The delivery of the S-76D helicopters to FAS is scheduled in 2011. The aircraft will be configured for VIP corporate, helitaxi, and offshore oil and gas support missions. The S-76D helicopters will become the first Sikorsky aircraft in the FAS fleet, which currently numbers 21 helicopters and five corporate jets.
Carey Bond, President of Sikorsky Global Helicopters and Chief Marketing Officer, said “We are thrilled to become part of the FAS fleet and to have the opportunity to demonstrate the ability of the S-76D helicopter to excel in the Middle East environment.” Bond also said “This multi-mission helicopter represents the very latest in the long and highly successful line of S-76 aircraft.”
The S-76D helicopter’s features include all-composite, flaw-tolerant main rotor blades; an advanced Thales avionics system and autopilot; dual speed rotor with active vibration control; powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada 210S engines; a quiet mode for enhanced public acceptance; and an optional Rotor Ice Protection System (RIPS) for all-weather capability.
Formed in early 2006, Falcon Aviation Services was under the initiative of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan with the prime objective of filling the significant gaps in the aviation market through the provision of innovative products and services.
FAS also serves as a Sikorsky Service Center and is committed to delivering the highest level of aviation services that establish benchmark standards in terms of safety, quality and customer service. FAS is a founding board member of the Middle East Business Aircraft Association (MEBAA).
News S-92, Sikorsky, Sikorsky S-92, Tata, Tata Advanced Systems Ltd.
Last Sunday, Nov. 7, Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL) unveiled the first Sikrosky S-92 helicopter cabin manufactured at its facility at the aerospace and precision engineering Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
The scheduled delivery of the first cabin is said to be later this month to US-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, one of the world’s largest helicopter manufacturers and a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
The cabin was unveiled at a glittering ceremony at the SEZ in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, Tata Sons Chairman Ratan N. Tata and United Technologies Chairman Louis Chenevert. Tata stated that “The delivery of the Sikorsky S-92 cabin is on schedule and an important milestone for Tatas’ plans for the aerospace industry.”
In June 2009, Sikorsky and Tata had signed an agreement for Tata Advanced Systems to manufacture cabins for Sikorsky S-92 helicopters.
Chairman Chenevert said “We look forward to a long, successful collaboration as we work together to meet the growing needs of India and the overall helicopter market in the coming years.” He also said India was joining its global partners for S-92 helicopters that include Spain, China, Taiwan and Brazil.
The cabins for S-92 are currently made in Japan but it would now be done by TASL at its facility in India.
A Sikorsky S-92 helicopter
Noting that the unveiling of the cabin coincides with President Barack Obama’s visit to India, he said United Technologies’ collaboration with Tata would prove mutually beneficial for India and the United States.
The TASL facility is export oriented and the cabins manufactured will form the overall helicopter structure that Sikorsky will integrate and complete for its global S-92 aircraft customers.
TASL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, is focused on providing integrated solutions for aerospace, defense, homeland security and disaster management.
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Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft dropped off by Chinook CH47s
Mostly used and starred in action films, helicopters have provided not only a great deal of service as transport and weapons to people but have also served and continue to serve in the entertainment business.
Shooting aerial scenes, flying, chasing, crashing, burning… We have seen it all. These helicopters have been used in many ways possible for providing entertainment to a great deal of audiences. And now, here’s a salute to these aircraft that make entertainment more entertaining.
2002 Black Hawk Down war film
Of course, who wouldn’t recall the 2001 war movie Black Hawk Down starring famous movie actors like Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, and William Fichtner? This epic movie based on a true story about the Battle of Mogadishu with plot starting when a US task force tries to capture two enemy senior subordinates. The supposed less-than-half-hour mission results to 18 hours because the Somalia militia shot down two Black Hawk helicopters.
In this movie, the four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks were used. In 1972, manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft submitted the S-70 design for the United States Army’s Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System competition. The Army designated the prototype as the YUH-60A and selected the Black Hawk as the winner of the competition in 1976, after a fly-off competition with the Boeing Vertol YUH-61. The UH-60A entered service with the Army in 1979, to replace the UH-1 Iroquois as the Army’s tactical transport helicopter.
The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is 19.76m in length and 5.13m in height. It has a max takeoff weight of 10,660kg and max speed of 183mph. Powered by two T700-GE-701C turboshaft, the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk can carry two pilots and two crew chiefs or gunners.
Reptilian movie poster
Surely the famous Chinook Army CH47 is also widely recognized and used not only the army and Hollywood but also in foreign films like Junya Sato’s 1978 Japanese action drama Never give up and the Korean monster movie Reptilian or Yonggary.
Angelina jolie as the feisty Lara Croft
Chinook CH47s have appeared in many Hollywood films like the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider wherein the adventurous Lara Croft, played by Angelina Jolie, was dropped off by Chinook CH47 helicopters for a Siberian trip. And the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow, although most of the Chinook CH47s were CGI because only one was available at that time for filming. The Army’s fleet were overseas at the time.
The great flood of New York city in the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow
The twin-engine, tandem rotor, heavy-lift Chinook CH47 is one of the few aircraft of in the 1960s that is still in production and front line service with over 1,179 built so far. It is primarily used for troop movement, artillery emplacement, and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks.
It has a length of 30.1m and a height of 5.7m. It has a max takeoff weight of 22,680kg and max speed of 196 mph. Powered by 2 Lycoming T55-GA-712 turboshaft, the Chinook CH47 can carry 3 pilots and 33-55 soldiers.
Designed and initially produced by Boeing Vertol in the early 1960s, the Chinook CH47 is now produced by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Chinooks have been sold to 16 nations.
These two helicopters are just some of the aircraft venturing into the entertainment business. There are lots of Hollywood aircraft which will be featured soon.
News S-61, Sikorsky, Sikorsky S-61T
Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced yesterday that the U.S. State Department has accepted the first two modernized S-61 aircraft that will support missions for the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan.
The U.S. State Department has entered into a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) purchase agreement for up to 110 modernized S-61 aircraft for passenger and cargo transport missions in support of its worldwide operations. The accepted aircraft will now undergo completion by SAS with specialized mission equipment to meet U.S. State Department requirements before being deployed this fall.
“The U.S. State Department’s acceptance of these first two modernized S-61 aircraft marks a major milestone in the launch of the S-61T modernization program. The S-61T helicopter will meet the needs of customers worldwide, and we are excited about how much interest this aircraft has generated,” said David Adler, President of Sikorsky Aerospace Services. “As the State Department pursues worldwide aviation missions, we remain fully committed to supporting their helicopter requirements.”
The S-61T helicopter modernization will also add lift capability as well as enhance speed. Additional features will be incorporated to reduce pilot fatigue and reduced maintenance requirements for increased safety.