Canada picked Vector Aerospace as the sole provider of maintenance services for General Electric T-58 engines on its aged military CH-124 Sea Kings, the company said. The Sea Kings are overdue for retirement. Canada awarded Sikorsky Aircraft a contract in 2004 for S-92-based Sea King replacements that were to enter service in 2011. But the first CH-148 Cyclones were only delivered last year, and the 28 ordered helos won't fully enter service until 2021. That means Canada's Sikorsky Sea Kings will fly well beyond the half-century mark; they entered service in 1963. Toronto-headquartered Vector is experienced in supporting the Sea King's engines. A registered T-58/CT-58 overhaul facility since 1976, the company developed and implemented a program at the turn of the century to upgrade 109 Canadian military T-58s from the -8F to -100 configuration. Vector is a global provider of aviation maintenance, and repair and overhaul services, with facilities in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Australia, South Africa, Kenya and Singapore.
A CH-124 Sea King from Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Regina deploys flares during a routine flight operation in the Indian Ocean on Aug. 14, 2014. Photo courtesy of Canada's Dept. of National Defence/Cpl. Michael Bastien