Sikorsky Global Helicopters Delivers S-300C Helicopter to UND Aerospace

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Sikorsky Global Helicopters Delivers S-300CTM Helicopter to UND Aerospace

July 13, 2009

  HORSEHEADS, New York - Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a Sikorsky company, recently delivered an S-300C™ helicopter to UND Aerospace at the University of North Dakota. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

The university has operated Sikorsky helicopters in its training program since 1983. The new helicopter becomes the seventh Sikorsky helicopter in operation in UND’s fleet. UND has three more S-300C helicopters on order this year.

“We operate the S-300C model in our training program because it is a good training platform,” said Don Dubuque, fleet manager and director of extension programs at UND Aerospace. “It is also a very dependable and safe aircraft.”

Ken Polovitz, assistant dean of student services at UND Aerospace, said the university’s helicopter program is growing. “We currently have more than 800 students enrolled in fixed wing and helicopter training at UND, and more and more of them are becoming interested in the helicopter industry as a career track,” Polovitz said.

The S-300C helicopter is known for its versatility in a broad range of operations, from law enforcement and utility patrol to lift operations. With its 950-pound useful load, the S-300C helicopter combines precise maneuverability with outstanding endurance, all at an economical price.

In addition, the S-300C helicopter operates throughout the world in many demanding roles including military patrol, power line/pipeline patrol, commercial and military flight training, ranching, external load operations, animal surveys, aerial photography and personal transportation. The cockpit size, load capacity, performance characteristics, robust design and low direct operating costs make the S-300C a leader in its class.

UND has a long history of training Army ROTC cadets already enrolled as undergraduates in the school’s aviation program. Since 2003, UND also has provided summer training courses to cadets from West Point and other Army ROTC programs around the country. So far, 179 cadets from West Point and Army ROTC programs have attended summer helicopter training courses at UND.

Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a Sikorsky company, comprises current Sikorsky platforms S-76®, S-92® and H-92™ helicopters; light helicopter platforms, the S-300C™, S-300CBi™, S-333™ and S-434™ helicopters; and all operations of Keystone Helicopter Corp. and Associated Aircraft Group (AAG).

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

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