Sikorsky announced the formation of Sikorsky Global Helicopters on Feb. 23. It is a new umbrella business unit for the manufacturer’s commercial helicopters.
The new operation will include Sikorsky S-76, S-92, H-92 helicopters and the Schweizer helicopter line. Schweitzer’s S-300c, S-300CBi, S-333 and S-434 henceforth will be marketed as Sikorsky helicopters.
“The Schweizer name will disappear” from helicopters, said Marc Poland, executive vice president of the new business unit, but Schweizer will still exist as a subsidiary and all except its rotary-wing products will retain the Schweizer name, he explained, including the test center in Elmira, N.Y.
Keystone’s engine and helicopter services and Sikorsky’s Associated Aircraft Group charter and fractional services also are being folded into Sikorsky Global Helicopters.
Sikorsky’s parent, United Technologies, acquired Schweizer in 2004. In addition to helicopters, the unit builds UAVs, gliders and airplanes. Sikorsky added Keystone, based in Coatesville, Pa., to its business in 2005. That firm provides completions and maintenance services for S-76 and S-92 helicopters.