The event began when the helicopter landed at FSI's facility adjacent to Palm Beach International Airport and concluded with demonstration flights for government representatives, local business leaders, and the media.
Sikorsky Aircraft and FSI are part of the VH-92 All-American team seeking to provide the next presidential helicopter. FSI's West Palm Beach facility will provide training and simulation equipment. Sikorsky, the prime contractor for the VH-92, will conduct flight test activities at its West Palm Beach facility.
Congressman Mark A. Foley, representing Florida's 16th District, and Congressman Clay Shaw, representing Florida's 22nd district, both flew in the aircraft and spoke at the ceremony.
The VH-92 is a derivative of Sikorsky's award-winning S-92. The event was held in the building where FSI's S-92 and S-70 Sikorsky BLACK HAWK simulators are located. More than 100 employees and guests took part. Four local television stations and two daily newspapers covered the story.
"When Sikorsky Aircraft entered this competition to provide the next presidential helicopter, we put together an All-American Team that represents the very best our industry has to offer," said Jeffrey Pino, Sikorsky Senior Vice President for Marketing and Commercial Programs. "FSI is a company whose name is synonymous with aerospace excellence and a company that shares Sikorsky's commitment to safety."
"We are proud to be part of the All-American team and we look forward to working with a great company like Sikorsky to provide training services for the presidential helicopter squadron and jobs here in Florida," said Jim Waugh, FSI's Vice President for Marketing.
In January 2004 Sikorsky partnered with six U.S.-based companies on the VH-92 All-American Team to respond to the Navy's Request for Proposal for the VXX competition, the designation for the procurement of presidential helicopters.
On July 12 Sikorsky launched the All American VH-92 tour at the company's Stratford, Conn. headquarters. The aircraft has embarked on a multi-state tour with planned stops at partner facilities and other locations over the coming months.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of advanced helicopters for commercial, industrial and military uses. Sikorsky helicopters occupy a prominent position in the intermediate to heavy range of 5,300 kg to 33,000 kg gross weight. They are flown by all five branches of the United States armed forces, along with military services and commercial operators in more than 40 nations.
Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), of Hartford, Conn., which provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
Flight Safety International is the world's largest provider of aviation training services, training more than 70,000 aviation personnel annually at 40 learning centers worldwide. The company trains members of every branch of the U.S. military, including the presidential flight detachment, utilizing both military-specific aircraft and military variants of civilian aircraft. The company is the largest stimulator manufacturer in the United States and has built over 42 different types in the last five years alone.
FlightSafety is a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE:BRKa, BRKb) whose parent is one of only a few AAA credit-rated companies in America..