Sikorsky Colombia to support Mexican Black Hawk helicopter operators

7 August 2016 (Last Updated August 7th, 2016 18:30)

Sikorsky Colombia is set to provide maintenance, component repairs and pilot simulator training for Black Hawk helicopters in Mexico.

Sikorsky Colombia is set to provide maintenance, component repairs and pilot simulator training for Black Hawk helicopters in Mexico.

The move is in line with the company's strategy to make Colombia a support hub for Black Hawk helicopter operators throughout Latin America.

As part of the initiative, Mexican Black Hawk operators will have access to a Sikorsky Colombia's five-axis flight simulator and a fully equipped maintenance and repair depot in Melgar.

Sikorsky Colombia employs more than 40 Spanish-speaking people at the two facilities.

The flight simulator is located at the company's Black Hawk helicopter flight simulator centre, which provides pilot and flight crew training.

The centre is managed by Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica de Colombia, an aerospace support provider for the Colombian Ministry of Defense.

"Sikorsky Colombia has grown from an administrative office in Bogota to a model of efficiency and effectiveness covering logistics, maintenance support, repair operations and simulator flight training."

Spread over an area of around 32,000ft², the Black Hawk helicopter depot repair facility is completely equipped to provide complete airframe structural repairs.

Sikorsky Latin America regional executive Adam Schierholz said: "Securing the appropriate approvals to be able to offer support and training for our customers in Mexico is a step toward fulfilling our long-term plan to position Sikorsky Colombia as the support hub for all Latin American countries that operate Black Hawk aircraft.

"In just four years, Sikorsky Colombia has grown from an administrative office in Bogota to a model of efficiency and effectiveness covering logistics, maintenance support, repair operations and simulator flight training."

The Colombian Army, Air Force and National Police have collectively acquired more than 100 Black Hawk aircraft since 1988.

Mexico is expected to double its fleet of Black Hawk aircraft over the next five years.


Image: Colombian Army, Air Force and National Police have collectively acquired more than 100 Black Hawk aircraft since 1988. Photo: courtesy of Andrés Ramírez.