Commercial

Los Angeles Gets ‘First’ Big Screen Black Hawk

By S.L. Fuller | July 14, 2017

Helinet's Movie Hawk photographed by Skip Robinson (PRNewsfoto/Helinet Aviation Services)

Movie Hawk. Photo courtesy of Helinet Aviation Services

Helinet Aviation has added a Sikorsky UH-60A External Stores Support System (ESSS) to its fleet, the company said. It plans to market the new helicopter as “Movie Hawk,” as Helinet said it is the first UH-60 based in Los Angeles that is especially equipped for the movie and TV industry.

“Emulating the look and presence of a special operations MH-60M helicopter,” the company said, “the twin-engine Movie Hawk operated by Helinet is currently the only ESSS model of its kind available within the industry.”

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Movie Hawk has the capability to carry authentic inert rockets and gun pods and external fuel tanks, and is equipped with a fast-rope insertion and extraction system. The helicopter also features a military paint scheme. It will be flown by former Sikorsky experimental test pilot and SAG member Alex Anduze. He is night-vision-goggle-certificated and is experienced in fast roping and tactical insertions.

Helinet made the announcement in partnership with Brown and Firehawk Helicopters.

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