Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky’s Global Helicopters unit in Horseheads, N.Y. has handed over an S-300C to the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND Aerospace). The university, which has been using Sikorsky helicopters to train students since 1983, will incorporate the S-300 into its training program. Describing the helicopter as dependable and safe, Don Dubuque, UND’s fleet manager and director of extension programs, explains that the school uses the S-300C "because it is a good training platform." Ken Polovitz, assistant dean of student services, adds that UND Aerospace has more than 800 students enrolled in helicopter and fixed-wing training programs, "and more and more of them are becoming interested in the helicopter industry as a career track."
The S-300C becomes the seventh Sikorsky helicopter in its fleet. UND Aerospace has three more S-300Cs on order that are set for delivery this year.
In a separate development, Sikorsky has received an order from the National Police Agency (NPA) of Japan for an S-92. The helicopter will carry out search and rescue (SAR) and special-mission operations in the country. Japan’s NPA, which has used Sikorsky helicopters since 1996, also operates two S-76Bs for SAR, transportation, utility work and other special needs.