Daily Archives: Feb. 12, 2014

Kansas Transportation secretary announces aviation committee appointees

Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King has named new members to the Kansas Aviation Advisory and Review Committee.

The committee advises the secretary on aviation matters and reviews current and proposed programs.

Members include Kansas pilots, airport representatives, air ambulance personnel and others.

Members include Missy Knott of Newton, chief operating officer of LifeTeam; Shelli Swanson of Salina, Salina Airport Authority director of administration and finance; Jason Wojteczko of Derby, owner of Compass Rose Aviation; Andy Hineman of Scott City, Spencer Flight and Education Center; Brian Youngers of Wichita, Signature Flight Support station manager; Ken Brock of Pittsburg, owner and founder of Names and Numbers; Kurt Barnhart of Salina, Kansas State University Salina, and Tim Tyree of the Kansas Association of Aerial Applicators and owner of Tyree Ag of Kinsley.

Nate Hinkel has been hired as marketing and outreach manager in the Division of Aviation. Hinkel will be based in Wichita.

 

Sikorsky CH-53K helicopter program hits major milestone

 

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Sikorsky Aircraft’s CH-53K heavy lift helicopter program has hit a major milestone in its development.

Sikorsky has powered on the engines and spun the rotor head on the first prototype, the company said Tuesday.

Spirit AeroSystems builds the fuselage for the CH-53K in Wichita.

The helicopter is being developed for the Marine Corps.

The helicopter, called the Ground Test Vehicle, will undergo ground testing for about two years with Sikorsky and Marine test pilots at the controls.

It has been anchored to the ground at a remote outdoor test site in West Palm Beach, Fla., and outfitted with sensors to measure and verify the ability to operate safely under its own power, Sikorsky said.

Four more test aircraft are being prepared for flight tests, commencing in late 2014.

The first CH-53K is expected to be in operation in 2019.

Plans are for 200 aircraft, but production quantities will be based each year on funding allocations set by Congress and the Department of Defense funding priorities.

The Marine Corps plans to have eight active duty squadrons, one training squadron and one reserve squadron to support operational requirements, it said.