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NEWS | Sikorsky S-61 H-3 in US CHI Aviation

CHI Aviation S-61 to Support US Military in Afghanistan


CHI Aviation awarded contract to provide 2 additional S-61 to support U.S. Military troop and cargo movement in Bagram, Afghanistan. CHI currently operates 2 S-61 from Kandahar



CHI Aviation awarded contract to provide 2 additional S-61 to support U.S. Military troop and cargo movement in Bagram, Afghanistan. CHI currently operates 2 S-61 from Kandahar

CHI Aviation S-61 to Support US Military in Afghanistan


CHI Aviation, May 22, 2018 - Howell, MI, May 22, 2018 - CHI Aviation is pleased to announce it has been selected to provide additional helicopter airlift support for the U.S. Military in Afghanistan.

This mission is to include tactical troop transport, internal and external cargo operations utilizing rotor wing aircraft.

CHI Aviation was awarded a contract to provide two additional S-61 Heavy Lift Helicopters to support U.S. Military troop and cargo movement. CHI currently has two helicopters operating out of Kandahar and will now provide two additional heavy lift helicopters operating out of Bagram. Operations are to start by mid-June 2018.

A statement by Chris Turner, President, “We are very pleased to continue to support the troops operating out of these additional bases. Their mission is important to the safety and security of the United States and we will support them through our operations to fulfill this. CHI is dedicated to maintaining our exceptional rating with the Department of Defense and our 37 accident free years as an operator.”

Patrick Pilolla, CHI Aviation’s V.P. of Business Development, commented, “Providing the U.S. Military a portion of their aerial supply chain with troop transportation and cargo movement as civilian contractors is a focal point of our business. We continue to invest in our employees and aircraft to fulfill these needs.”

About CHI Aviation: Incorporated in 1980, CHI Aviation is a leader in global helicopter operations including heavy and super heavy lift. The company is an affiliate of Heligroup Holdings Inc. (“Heligroup”), which specializes in transportation of people and cargo by helicopter and fixed wing for applications that include aerial firefighting, NVG, SAR, HVAC placement and aerial construction.

With an impeccable safety record of 37 accident-free years, Heligroup’s affiliated companies have received excellent ratings from the US Forest Service, Department of Interior and Department of Defense.

Heligroup is a compilation of the industry’s best performers in aviation applications including CHI Aviation Inc., Helimax Aviation Inc, Preferred Avionics LLC., Airborne Suppression Technologies LLC. and Tandem Rotor LLC.


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