Sikorsky Aerospace Services announces the signing of a teaming agreement with WIKING Kale Air to establish a Sikorsky-authorized Customer Service Center (CSC) in Turkey. Supporting the country’s S-76® helicopter platform, the CSC will be centrally located in the city of Istanbul, and will offer maintenance services for Turkish and regional operators in south-east Europe and central Asia.
“This is an important step in strengthening our support capabilities in Turkey. We are pleased to work with WIKING Kale Air – together we are poised to meet customer demand for in-country maintenance,” said David Adler, SAS President. “By establishing the WIKING Kale Air CSC, we can provide cost effective support solutions to help increase aircraft availability for our operators in Turkey as well as neighboring European countries.”
To better meet the growing demand for outsourced helicopter maintenance services in the south-east European and Asian regions, WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH bought a majority share of Turkey’s KALE Air– forming WIKING KALE Air. The certified JAA/EASA Part-145 Maintenance Organization will employ Turkish personnel and provide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance as well as aircraft modifications – including design engineering services and material support. WIKING Kale Air will leverage SAS’s extensive supply chain logistics and spare parts inventory to ensure fleet optimization.
“With the acquisition of KALE Air, we are meeting the growing demand for professional helicopter maintenance services in the south-east Europe and the Middle East region,” said Holger Stockmeyer, Managing Directors of WIKING Helikopter Service. “In this rapidly growing economy, WIKING has initiated an important step toward supporting customer needs and providing new capabilities to meet today’s challenges.”
WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH has been operating as an offshore specialist in the North and Baltic seas for more than 37 years. Originally founded for sea pilot transfer operations, WIKING has logged more than 44,000 transfers in 93,000 flight hours mainly flown with Sikorsky S-76 helicopters. WIKING maintains its own fleet and 16 customer aircraft throughout Europe and Central Asia.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announces it has delivered the first of two VIP S-92® helicopters to the Turkish National Police (TNP) for service to the Turkish Prime Ministry, under a contract signed in 2011. The new helicopters will support the Head of State function currently served by one S-92 helicopter operated by the TNP since 2005.
The two S-92 helicopters will join a robust fleet of more than 140 Sikorsky products operating in Turkey including well over 100 Black Hawk helicopters. Sikorsky’s medium commercial helicopter, the S-76, also is operating in country.
“In addition to serving the Armed Forces of Turkey with the most advanced and capable BLACK HAWK helicopters, Sikorsky extends its commercial presence in Turkey through the S-92 helicopter, providing the highest levels of safety, reliability and performance to the highest levels of the Turkish Government,” said Anand Stanley, Sikorsky’s Vice President for the Middle East, Turkey & Africa.
The second S-92 helicopter is also expected to be delivered this year. In addition to Turkey, S-92 helicopters transport the heads of state in nine other countries. This summer, Sikorsky will formally offer the S-92 platform to the U.S. Government, which is seeking to replace the “Marine One” helicopter fleet that transports the President of the United States.
“With such a strong contingent of our products flying in the region, it is clear that Turkey is an important and strategic partner of Sikorsky Aircraft,” Stanley added. “We have continued to increase our presence in Turkey through our relationships with Turkish Aerospace Industries, Alp Aviation and Aselsan, and look forward to exploring continued growth opportunities.”
The S-92 aircraft is the first helicopter in its class certified to the latest U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European airworthiness safety standards. In addition to the Head of State mission, S-92 helicopters perform search and rescue (SAR) missions as well as a variety of transportation missions for offshore oil and gas crews, utility and airline passengers. Since entering service in September 2004, the S-92 fleet has grown to 170 aircraft. The global fleet has logged more than 530,000 flight hours to date.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announces that the S-76D™ helicopter has been awarded Type Certification by Mexico’s civil aviation authority, the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC).
The S-76D helicopter is the newest product from Sikorsky Aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Type Certification of the S-76D model in October 2012, and the helicopter continues its envelope expansion as the first models move through final modifications for customer deliveries in 2013.
“Mexico is a growing market for Sikorsky. We have quintupled the total number of Sikorsky helicopters in the military, paramilitary, and commercial markets there in the last five years, and this co-validation of the S-76D helicopter by the Mexican DGAC, paves the way for further growth of our commercial business there,” said Carey Bond, President of Sikorsky Global Helicopters. “As PEMEX expands its offshore oil exploration, we are confident that the fleet of S-76D helicopters servicing this work will grow proportionately.”
At the Heli-Expo industry trade show in early March, Sikorsky announced the signing of a contract with ASESA (Aeroservicios Especializados, S.A. de C.V.), a Mexican helicopter service provider, for the purchase of six S-76D helicopters to serve the offshore oil transport mission. The sale marks the first time ASESA has purchased a new Sikorsky helicopter, and the first sale of an S-76D helicopter into Mexico. ASESA is scheduled to receive the first S-76D helicopter into service later this year, with the additional five aircraft set to enter service in 2014.
Since it received FAA Type Certification, the S-76D helicopter has attracted customers across all mission segments and customer regions. Among the new S-76D helicopter customers are Milestone Aviation Group, China’s Ministry of Transport’s Rescue and Salvage Bureau, Japan Coast Guard, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and Bristow Group.
Designed for safety, reliability and efficiency, the S-76D helicopter’s standard equipment features are all-composite, flaw-tolerant main rotor blades; an advanced THALES integrated avionics system and autopilot; health and usage monitoring system, and active vibration control. The S-76D is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s compact and fuel-efficient PW210S, which delivers the best in class power-to-weight ratio and fuel burn with excellent payload and range benefits. Rotor Ice Protection System for all-weather capability will be available as an option.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services announces plans to perform the first post-delivery Search and Rescue (SAR) modifications to Brunei Shell’s Sikorsky S-92 helicopter. Originally configured for offshore oil missions, the aircraft will undergo a comprehensive conversion to a SAR configuration to serve customers in Borneo and the surrounding Southeast Asia region.
“This modification program will be executed at our Brisbane, Australia facility – Sikorsky Helitech. We are excited for the opportunity to transform BSP’s S-92 helicopter from an offshore oil configuration to a SAR mission ready aircraft,” said Steve Bohlman, Director of Global Service and Support. “SAS has the capability to offer in-region OEM upgrade modifications - including configuration transformation. Continually forward-looking, SAS strives to meet operators’ customization requirements – wherever they are located.”
The aircraft modifications include a new automatic flight control system customized for performing SAR missions, forward looking infrared (FLIR), a dual auxiliary fuel tank system, dual rescue hoist, Triple Patient Litter System (TPLS), SAR seats, and a side sliding door large enough to accommodate standard patient litters with unrestricted rescue hoist access.
“BSP pilots are looking forward to using the newly modified Sikorsky S-92 helicopter for SAR missions. The aircraft will strengthen our Aviation Department and enhance search and rescue capabilities for BSP’s operations as well as for the region,” said Ken Marnoch, Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum.
About Brunei Shell
Established for more than 80 years in Brunei and as one of the largest energy companies in Asia, Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) is a leader in energy technology.
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