Hughes, Mc­don­nell Dou­glas, Sch­weizer, Siko­rsky...

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… and now Sch­weizer again. Siko­rsky has sold pro­duc­tion rights, Type Cer­tifi­cate and spares stocks for the Siko­rsky (pre­vi­ously Sch­weizer) S-300 light heli­copter to Fort Worth, Texas-based Ro­tor­craft Ser­vices Group (RSG). It has formed a new com­pany, Sch­weizer RSG, whose Pres­i­dent, David Hor­ton, was Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager of Sch­weizer Air­craft from 2008-2010. He says that pro­duc­tion will restart by the end of this year. Sch­weizer RSG planned to hold a meet­ing at Heli-expo in Las Ve­gas at the end of Fe­bru­ary, where Hor­ton said the com­pany will share fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about its plans and gather feed­back from ex­ist­ing cus­tomers.

As the – then – Hughes 269, the heli­copter made its first flight in Oc­to­ber 1956, was cer­ti­fied by the FAA in March 1959 and en­tered pro­duc­tion in the fol­low­ing year. In 1986, Sch­weizer bought all rights to the heli­copter from Mc­don­nell Dou­glas, which had pur­chased Hughes Heli­copters in 1984, then de­vel­oped and im­proved it through suc­ces­sive ver­sions to the Model 300C. Twenty years later Siko­rsky ac­quired the FAA Type Cer­tifi­cate, and in 2009 re­branded the heli­copter as the Siko­rsky S-300C, but a year later closed the orig­i­nal Sch­weizer man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Elmira, New York. Some 2,900 S-269s/300s are be­lieved to be in op­er­a­tion world­wide.

The 300C heli­copter – Sch­weizer once again

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