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NEWS | Sikorsky S-70 H-60 in CO Aviacion del Ejercito de Colombia

Colombia Offers Black Hawk Maintenance and Training


Sikorsky Colombia offering maintenance and training for the Black Hawk. Colombia is the larger Latin American operator with more than 100 delivered to Air Force, Army and Police.
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Sikorsky Colombia offering maintenance and training for the Black Hawk. Colombia is the larger Latin American operator with more than 100 delivered to Air Force, Army and Police.

Colombia Offers Black Hawk Maintenance and Training


Lockheed Martin, April 04, 2018 - SANTIAGO, April 3, 2018 – Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, is positioning its depot-level maintenance and pilot training facilities in Colombia for use by other Black Hawk helicopter users in Latin America.

Established originally to support the Colombia Armed Forces and National Police, the support facilities will allow the region’s other Black Hawk operators – Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico – to take advantage of the same services close to their home bases of operation.

“Our facilities in Colombia have the manpower, the expertise, the space and capacity to provide flight simulator training for the region’s Black Hawk pilots, and to conduct phased inspections and major overhauls for their aircraft,” said Adam Schierholz, Sikorsky regional executive for Latin America. “As a regional hub for Black Hawk helicopters in Latin America, Sikorsky can help our customers achieve high mission readiness rates — all at very affordable rates.”

Recent work conducted in two Latin America countries has enabled an army aviation unit to dramatically improve flight readiness, and another operator to replace a main rotor transmission and complete a 500-hour inspection.

Since 2012, Sikorsky Colombia has grown from an administrative office in Bogota to a full product support center serving the region’s largest Black Hawk fleet operator. Collectively, the Colombian Army, Colombian Air Force and Colombia National Police have acquired 103 Black Hawk aircraft since 1988. Forty-six Colombian nationals employed by Sikorsky provide support for:

- A Black Hawk Helicopter Flight Simulator Center at the Colombian Air Force base in Melgar. The center contains the region’s only full motion, five-axis Black Hawk simulator with high fidelity views outside the cockpit.

- A 2,972 sq. m (32,000 sq. ft.) Black Hawk helicopter depot-level repair facility at the Tolemaida Colombia Army base. Operated by 30 experienced engineers and mechanics, the facility is fully tooled and equipped to provide airframe structural repairs.

Growth of the region’s Hawk fleet has nearly doubled in the past 10 years from 120 to 180 aircraft, with the additional aircraft coming from Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. Fleet growth continues later this year when the Chilean Air Force will take delivery of six S-70i™ Black Hawk aircraft.

About Lockheed Martin: Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Colombia Offers Black Hawk Maintenance and Training

Colombia Offers Black Hawk Maintenance and Training


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Sikorsky S-70 H-60 in CO Aviacion del Ejercito de Colombia
CO Tolemaida
--Helicopters Flight School - Training Military
See also Colombia to Support Black Hawk in Latin America
US FlightSafety International
CO Melgar



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