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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:27 pm    Post subject: Sikorsky S61 Reply with quote

When I was 10 I fourtunate enough to fly in a helicopter I believe to be a Sikorsky S61, (but I'm not sure) from Penzance to St. Marys (Scilly Isles )on holiday. Does anyone know if they did use or still use this type today? Or do you / have you piloted this aircraft? This was in 1981 when it all started for me. I guess it has been replaced by now.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a company called British International who have been flying from Penzance to St. Marys since 1964.

Have a look at their website: http://www.islesofscillyhelicopter.com/page/home.html

It appears they still operate the S-61 today.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just looked up the S-61 on their homepage (Reg G-BFFJ) and it was built in 1978 so it could possibly have been the one you flew on.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are all the British International owned aircraft, quite a few so it could have been any of them:

http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=60&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=summary&owner=BRITISH%20INTERNATIONAL%20HELICOPTER%20SERVICE
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As for the answer to the S-61. It certinally is still in use! Most commonly seen in 'Sea King' guise flying for the RAF or NAVY as their primary search and rescue helicopter.

As far as im aware they have a reasonably secure future for a few more years as they can't make their mind up what to replace it with. The Merlin (EH-101) was a sure bet but its abit expensive i think, the other options being S-92 and EC225 (Super Puma), which are in use as SAR by private companies in the North Sea. But as yet they havn't decided on a replacement.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the links, ahh great memories. I'ts nice to knoe they are still flying
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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As for the answer to the S-61. It certinally is still in use! Most commonly seen in 'Sea King' guise flying for the RAF or NAVY as their primary search and rescue helicopter.

As far as im aware they have a reasonably secure future for a few more years as they can't make their mind up what to replace it with. The Merlin (EH-101) was a sure bet but its abit expensive i think, the other options being S-92 and EC225 (Super Puma), which are in use as SAR by private companies in the North Sea. But as yet they havn't decided on a replacement.


I also thought it was subject to the final outcome of the 2012 outsourcing tender process the government are undertaking, so we could loose all military SAR services to the private sector.

SAR in the hands of the lowest bidder!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is also true, i know the big north sea companies have been bidding for the contract.

I honestly don't think its going to make a lot of difference, the helicopters will be new, they probably won't get the same man hours military aircraft get spent on serviceing them but it will be up to standard, the military pilots are going to end up flying them anyway on loan from the RAF and NAVY as they will still have the most experience. Plus they arn't going to be able to find enough high hour pilots with the same level of xp as the military guys anyways.

I think it will just be down to who provides the new helicopters rather than anyone taking over the contract.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paddywak wrote:
Thanks for the links, ahh great memories. I'ts nice to knoe they are still flying


There is lots of life in the old girl yet. Check this out:



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahh brilliant, thanks for the memories Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ahh brilliant, thanks for the memories Very Happy


Your welcome. The update and modification for the S61/H-3 variants that Carson is working on with coopration from Sikorsky also adds composite main rotors, beefs up the transmission, increases the power, moves the intakes forward and adds a plug in the fuselage forward of the rotor mast. The winch is moved to in front of the rotor mast, and also a strong probability that a composite tail rotor will be used.

Frank Carson truly loves this airframe, and as long as Carson Helicopters is around, its not going away.

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