The Hawk

Colourful Hawks.

After 40 years of producing more than 4000 Sikorsky UH-60 BlackHawk and SH-60 SeaHawk helicopters for the United States Army, the United States Navy and many operators in foreign countries a significant development is taking place. The factory new build BlackHawk and SeaHawk helicopters have predominantly been painted with an olive drab green or a dull mat grey livery,  but nowadays more and more very colourful Hawks start to appear in the sky.

These new colourful Hawks are former military EH-60A, UH-60A or HH-60L helicopters and are now designated FireHawk or UtilityHawk.

During August 2018 about 175 new and former military Hawk helicopters had been registered with the FAA civil aviation registry.

Also several brand new S-70i FireHawks are on order and being completed for delivery next year.

In a few years time about 20 units will be active in the State of California alone.

The main Hawk operaters are, or will be in the near future:

  • Los Angeles County Fire Department.
  • California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
  • City of San Diego Fire Department.
  • Brown Helicopter Inc.
  • PJ Helicopters – Helibro LLC.
  • Timberline Helicopters Inc.
  • Unical Aviation Inc.
  • Skydance Blackhawk Operations LLC.
  • Northwest Helicopters LLC.
  • Rogerson Kratos.
  • Brainerd Helicopters Inc.
  • Sierrra Nevada Corporation.
  • Arista Aviation.
  • Ventura County Fire Protection District.
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company.
  • Ace Aeronautics LLC – Global Aviation Solutions.
  • StarFlight, Australia.

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The first civilian operator of the FireHawk is the Los Angeles County Fire Department.  Two units where ordered in 2000 and have been delivered in 2001 for a total $ 25 million. A third unit was delivered in 2005. In March 2019 another two units are due for delivery.

N160LA Sikorsky S-70A  702453 2001

N190LA Sikorsky S-70A  702479 2001

N15LA   Sikorsky S-70A  702846 2005

N821LA  Sikorsky S-70i  704023 ex N742SX 2017

N822LA  Sikorsky S-70i  704024 ex N743SX 2017

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The second FireHawk operator will be the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection or in short: CALFIRE. They have orderend 12 units of the S-70i model in December 2017. They will be delivered during a 5 year period and will cost $ 20 million per unit.

Sikorsky 70i

Nxx1DF, Nxx2DF, Nxx3DF, Nxx4DF, Nxx5DF, Nxx6DF, Nxx7DF, Nxx8DF, Nxx9DF, Nx10DF,

Nx11DF, Nx12DF

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The next FireHawk operator will be the City of San Diego Fire Department.

The contract was signed during the HAI Heli-Expo in February 2018. Delivery medio 2019.

N744SX Sikorsky S-70i  704025  ( N283SD reserved  )

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Late July 2018 the Pacific Gas & Electric Company announced it had secured two former U.S. Army UH-60A heavy-lift helicopters as a part of the company’s new Community Wildfire Safety Program.

The newly added aircraft were secured through an exclusive use agreement with PJ Helicopters. PG&E plans to add two more heavy-lift helicopters in 2019.

In addition to supporting utility work, PG&E will defer its use to make the new Sikorsky UH-60 fleet available for first responder use, if needed and requested, during wildfires.

 

N942AA Sikorsky UH-60A  ex: 80-23444, N604PG reserved.

N940AA Sikorsky UH-60A  ex: 80-23501, N603PG reserved.

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During August 2018 The Ventura County Fire Department announced the purchase of two former U.S. Army HH-60L helicopters, originally configured as dedicated medevac helicopters. These aircraft had been outfitted with the United Rotorcraft medical equipment and patient litter systems, some of which will be re-purposed in the new FireHawk  configuration. Following a full maintenance inspection by United Rotorcraft, the aircraft will be painted at the United Rotorcraft Decatur, Texas, facility and modified at the company’s Englewood, Colorado, facility.

 

N70VC Sikorsky HH-60L  ex: 05-27037

N60VC Sikorsky HH-60L  ex: 03-26996

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Ace Aeronautics LLC – Global Aviation Solutions, Huntsville, Alabama.

This company, founded by Darrell Kindley and Frank Wallace, is specialized in refurbishing and repainting airframes, upgrading analoge avionics to a digital cockpit, and engine and mission equipment upgrades.

N60DK Sikorsky  UH-60A 80-23455 ACE AERONAUTICS LLC
N60FW Sikorsky  UH-60A 80-23439 ACE AERONAUTICS LLC

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PJ Helicopters & Helibro LLC, Red Bluff, California.

Sikorsky UH-60A

N802PJ 79-23278 PJ HELICOPTERS INC
N803PJ 78-23007 PJ HELICOPTERS INC
N804PJ 78-22998 PJ HELICOPTERS INC
N805PJ 82-23704 PJ HELICOPTERS INC
N940AA 80-23501 HELIBRO LLC
N942AA 80-23444 HELIBRO LLC

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Unical Aviation Inc. & Unical Defense Inc, City of Industry, California.

Sikorsky UH-60A

N160AX 86-24520 UNICAL AVIATION INC
N160BF 83-23869 UNICAL AVIATION INC
N160BK 83-23887 UNICAL AVIATION INC
N160BL 88-26067 UNICAL AVIATION INC
N160BN 83-23881 UNICAL AVIATION INC
N160CE 82-23740 UNICAL AVIATION INC
N160CG 80-23483 UNICAL AVIATION INC
N160CJ 82-23688 UNICAL AVIATION INC
N160CN 84-23935 UNICAL AVIATION INC
N160CV 79-23327 UNICAL AVIATION INC
N166AG 81-23558 UNICAL AVIATION INC
N166AU 78-22989 UNICAL AVIATION INC
N166DE 81-23593 UNICAL AVIATION INC
N166DF 83-23877 UNICAL AVIATION INC
N166DQ 78-22986 UNICAL AVIATION INC
N160AU 82-23755 UNICAL DEFENSE INC
N160BQ 80-23499 UNICAL DEFENSE INC
N160CD 80-23507 UNICAL DEFENSE INC
N160CQ 82-23736 UNICAL DEFENSE INC
N160CU 80-23451 UNICAL DEFENSE INC
N160DN 79-23316 UNICAL DEFENSE INC
N160DP 80-23479 UNICAL DEFENSE INC
N160ET 83-23865 UNICAL DEFENSE INC
N160NT 83-23917 UNICAL DEFENSE INC
N166AQ 82-23757 UNICAL DEFENSE INC

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Timberline Helicopters Inc, Sandpoint, Idaho.

Sikorsky UH-60A

N274TH 79-23274 TIMBERLINE HELICOPTERS INC
N290TH 79-23290 TIMBERLINE HELICOPTERS INC
N563DJ 81-23563 TIMBERLINE HELICOPTERS INC
N434TH   80-23434       TIMBERLINE HELICOPTERS INC
N620TJ 81-23620 TIMBERLINE HELICOPTERS INC

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Brown Helicopters LLC, Pensacola, Florida.

Sikorsky 70A-27

N135BH 701825 BHH LEASING 1 LLC
N136BH 701835 BHH LEASING 2 LLC
N137BH 702127 BHH LEASING 3 LLC

Sikorsky UH-60A

N152BH 82-23667 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N153BH 79-23277 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N162BH 79-23313 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N179BH 79-23325 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N240BH 80-23496 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N277BH 78-22962 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N527HS 82-23710 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N527KB 79-23310 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N527NB 80-23442 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N530FZ 82-23735 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N530JS 80-23420 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N530LS 81-23550 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N530NW 78-22973 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N533HB 85-24394 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N533MB 82-23681 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N534WS 80-23419 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N534XS 79-23285 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N534YS 82-23692 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N5396Q 82-23698 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N5397F 79-23351 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N540BW 82-23715 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N540CK 82-23734 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N540HM 82-23693 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N540JS 79-23333 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N553ES 80-23417 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N562EB 80-23424 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N5773B 79-23319 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N5778B 79-23281 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N589FB 81-23608 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N594RA 81-23568 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N596YB 80-23452 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N646DB 79-23347 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N652MB 78-22994 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N652NH 82-23742 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N652PB 82-23732 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N679PK 82-23663 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N781HB 80-23506 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N781MB 77-22724 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N781PB 83-23842 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N781QB 80-23489 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N794XB 79-23369 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N794YB 78-22971 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N794ZB 79-23323 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N796ZB 79-23307 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N809XH 79-23340 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N987B 81-23572 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N995B 78-22977 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N553BS 83-23859 BHH LEASING # 4 LLC

Sikorsky EH-60A

N681UB 84-24017 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N781TB 85-24476 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N802SB 87-24673 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N802TB 86-24568 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N809YB 84-24023 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N844YB 84-24019 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N848TK 84-24028 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N848UG 84-24024 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N849LF 87-24658 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N854PE 84-24026 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N854QB 85-24478 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N854RB 86-24563 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N854SE 86-24565 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N854UB 85-24467 BROWN HELICOPTER INC
N854WB 87-24665 BROWN HELICOPTER INC

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Brainerd Helicopters Inc, Leesburg, Florida.

N729XA 79-23288 BRAINERD HELICOPTERS INC
N809WB 87-24615 BRAINERD HELICOPTERS INC
N70K 83-23873 (70698) BHI PRODUCTIONS LLC
N17FH 80-23469 BHI TWO LLC
N13FH   79-23353      BHI ONE LLC
N9FH 80-23461 BRAINERD HELICOPTERS INC

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StarFlight Australia.

Sikorsky Helitech, Kaan Air Australia and StarFlight Australia have signed an agreement, during July 2018, to bring an initial 10  former US Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters into Australia to be refurbished for use locally in aerial firefighting, emergency services and disaster relief operations.

Sikorsky Helitech will carry out the ‘as new’ condition refurbishments at its Pinkenba facility on the banks of the Brisbane River, south of Brisbane Airport, with the helicopters to be imported into Australia from early next year.

The Black Hawks will be operated by StarFlight Australia, which launched in April 2016, while Sikorsky Helitech will provide ongoing maintenance and repairs.

Each Black Hawk will undergo a three-month long extensive refurbishment which will include fitting new, higher-performing General Electric T700-GE-701D turboshaft engines, upgraded gearboxes and new avionics including a helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (HTAWS).

The agreement, announced in Brisbane on Thursday, is valued at up to $175 million when including an option to upgrade an additional 10 Black Hawks.

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Correct Identification:

The factory new Hawks are correctly identified and registered with their Manufacturer Serial Number in the FAA Registry.

Unfortunately the previous military BlackHawks are registered with their former Military Serial Number which is not correct.

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