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Sikorsky has sold its light product line — including the popular light helicopter S-300 — to Schweizer RSG, a new company affiliated with Rotorcraft Services Group in Fort Worth, Texas, bringing an end to years of uncertainty as to the type’s future with the manufacturing giant.
The sale brings hope of improved support for the estimated 2,900 S-300 series aircraft flying around the world, while allowing Sikorsky to focus on its two main product lines in the civilian market — the S-76 and S-92.
“For a number of years, we explored the right business path for production of the light helicopter product line while we fulfilled our order commitments and strengthened our supply chain,” said Dana Fiatarone, vice president for commercial systems and services at Sikorsky. “We feel we are now in the right position to transfer ownership of the S-300 and S-333 as well as the aftermarket support for both models.”
The transaction closed on Jan. 24, and was announced the following day to Sikorsky’s employees, customers, and suppliers. The manufacturer said the sale will have “no impact” on its commercial workforce or the facility in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, where the S-300 production line was based.
The sale is immediate, but Fiatarone said there will be some transition services as the line changes ownership.
“We will be supporting Schweizer RSG as they take over the assets and the support of the business,” he said. “Importantly for our customers, we did make them aware of the sale and also did let them know we would fulfill our commitments under existing orders.
“So, whether that’s aircraft delivery orders or spares orders, Sikorsky is committed to fulfilling those commitments as RSG transitions into support and service of the aircraft, and for new aircraft and spares orders, they’ll work with Schweitzer RSG to make those happen.”
Sikorsky had purchased the type — originally known as the Hughes 300 — through its acquisition of Schweizer Aircraft Corporation in 2004, and rebranded it the Sikorsky S-300.
While it initially appeared that the new ownership might revitalize the series, those hopes soon diminished, particularly after Sikorsky closed the original Schweizer manufacturing plant in Elmira, New York, in 2010.
The president of Schweizer RSG is David Horton, who served as the president and general manager of Schweizer Aircraft from 2008 to 2010. Horton told Vertical that the new company’s priority is, “first and foremost, to support the customers that already have the product,” with an immediate focus on strengthening the supply chain.
This is the best news as its present owners did not care to support a wonderful safe and affordable aircraft. As a trainer the 269 is fantastic.
This sounds very promising!
Finally the owners of series 300 has now certain about the continued suply of parts for theirs neededs, per long time Sikorsky has desapointed us , a great helicopter without one factory.// from Brazil.
That’s awesome news,I Love flying the 300 c a very safe and reliable aircraft.
Great point Danny, I was using my 269B for my rotor add on but ran in to the same problem with Air-Tech that other had. I hope the new owner can turn the air ship around and make it happen.
I am surprised that the article and the comments were not far more critical of Sikorky in this. Let’s face it it they destroyed – trampled into the ground – a long standing and well respected company for a short-term gain [buying the factory site for other uses that were not sustained] and then were reticernt in what they were going to do with the product they found themselves owners of. They did not have the first idea what to do with it, it was way too small for their lofty ideas. Well hopefully it will slowly get better under new ownership. It will take a long time though.
I have to agree. Did you like the line in that said ‘the sale will have no impact on its current work force’
Sikorsky only wanted Schweizer for the drones that they had at the time. When that dried up they no longer had any interest.
Still flying a 1967 269A, hope to see some parts for that as well. Great machine and fun to fly.
Lets hope this fabulous little aircrafts makes a well earned come back as a trainer and there value starts to recover, and parts are on the shelf soon to stop people scrapping them, i love my 300c great aircraft & fun to fly
great machine, hope to see the 269 series supported and flying again
All owners of 300s are needing per one site with forum of comments and offering parts in excess for to trade or sales enter the owners and commercial operators, will can be named ” Club 300s ” exist to muchs items lost per world and others operators seaching, if you like the idea my email for contact is email@example.com, I think to be one great chanell of comunication of help for us. Thanks.
At last the trainer and the best 2/3 place helicopter is back I have had 6 flying lessons in this great machine a CBI300,
Can anyone provide me an approve FAA and Schweizer aircraft repair facility in Nevada, Arizona or Colorado. The Aircraft information is:
Year built: 1980
Please send me the list of locations so I may have the aircraft inspected and perform the required maintenance. Thank you.
I hope once they get production up and running again they put in some glass in the cockpit. The Garmin G500TXi or something similar would be great.
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