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Forces to provide best­in­class helicopter training, and logis­ tics support for the lifetime of the aircraft.”


Sikorsky Signs with Brunei Ministry of Defense for Sale of S-70i™ BLACK HAWK Helicopters


Sikorsky Aircraft, a sub­ sidiary of United Technologies Corp. has formally signed a contract with the Brunei Ministry of Defense to provide 12 S­70i™ BLACK HAWK heli­ copters with associated spare parts, training and ground sup­ port equipment. The contract contains an option for 10 addi­ tional aircraft.


“We thank the Brunei Government for selecting the S­70i BLACK HAWK aircraft to fulfill the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Support Helicopter Project,” said Robert Kokorda, Sikorsky Sales and Marketing Vice President. “We look for­ ward to a close collaboration with the Royal Brunei Armed


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As part of the contract, Sikorsky will place an S­70i air­ craft simulator in the Southeast Asia region. The simulator will enable Brunei aircrew to become familiar with the helicopter, especially in the months leading up to the arrival of S­70i aircraft in Brunei beginning in 2013. BLACK HAWK helicopters are renowned for high reliabil­ ity, performance and surviv­ ability in multi­role opera­ tions. Currently more than 3,000 BLACK HAWK helicop­ ters are operating in 30 coun­ tries. ◆


California Teen Wins Sikorsky Challenge to Envision Helicopter of the Future


Sikorsky Aircraft, a sub­ sidiary of United Technologies Corp., and By Kids For Kids Co., an organization that inspires kids to be successful inventors, today awarded a California teenager the Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator


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Award for envisioning a small unmanned helicopter that could carry critical relief sup­ plies and electrical power to the scene of a natural disaster or other catastrophic event. Tharon Trujillo, 15, of Plumas Lake, Calif., accepted the award — a trophy and a $1,000 scholarship check — during a company­paid visit to Sikorsky’s headquarters in Stratford, Conn. Accompanied by his parents, he toured the assembly line of Sikorsky’s iconic BLACK HAWK and SEA­ HAWK® military helicopters, and met with company rotor­ craft designers and engineers. The Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award is the grand prize of a new national compe­ tition called the Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge. Sponsored by Sikorsky and By Kids For Kids, the program challenges youths ages 9­16 across the U.S. to envision the helicopter of the future. This year’s Helicopter 2050


Challenge ran from June 1, 2011, to Sept. 15, 2011, generat­ ing entries from 243 youths. Tharon calls his winning hel­ icopter concept the F.L.E.A. – for Flying Logistics Electrical Assistance. As its name sug­ gests, the aircraft would be small – the equivalent size of a two­person helicopter — but as an unmanned aircraft would have increased capaci­ ty to carry two externally mounted five­foot­tall pods containing provisions, medical supplies, power generation and communications equip­ ment.


Once released on the ground, the pods could be wheeled to specific locations. Pod­mounted cameras could stream video of survivors and damage to emergency man­ agers, and could be used by virtual doctors to direct med­ ical care at triage stations. A computer would enable sur­ vivors or rescuers to upload information to a database.


Tharon Trujillo, 15, (center) of Plumas Lake, Calif., accepted a trophy and $1,000 scholarship check Dec. 5. 2011 from Sikorsky’s Judy Bankowski, Vice president and Chief Information Officer, and By Kids For Kids CEO Norm Goldstein (far right). Far left are Tharon’s parents, Erika and James Trujillo. Tharon won a national competition sponsored by Sikorsky and By Kids For Kids for his helicop- ter rescue concept.


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