Sikorsky Aerospace Services Announces Selection of Altus, Oklahoma, as Site for Full Service Flight and Maintenance Training

 Sikorsky Aerospace Services Announces Selection of Altus, Oklahoma, as Site
           for Full Service Flight and Maintenance Training Academy

PR Newswire

SHELTON, Conn., Oct. 26, 2012

SHELTON, Conn., Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Sikorsky Aerospace Services
(SAS) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with
Aviation Training Consulting (ATC) to establish an advanced flight and
maintenance training academy, the Sikorsky Training Academy (STA), in Altus,
Okla. SAS is the worldwide aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a
subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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"Many of our customers, particularly U.S. Government agencies and foreign
militaries, have difficulty obtaining thorough standardized training for their
flight crews and maintenance teams. In particular, there is a lack of
advanced mission training beyond basic conversion courses and currency
training. Many customers rely on training companies that are neither U.S.
military nor Sikorsky qualified," said David Adler, President of Sikorsky
Aerospace Services. "Establishing this center is a significant step in
enabling us to deliver a comprehensive, tailored OEM training curriculum of
the highest standards, capable of preparing our students for a wide variety of
missions."

Projected to launch in 2013, the academy will initially focus on meeting the
needs of foreign militaries using the BLACK HAWK helicopter as the training
platform. Altus, Okla., located near Fort Sill, provides the training academy
with access to several hundred square miles of operating space, certified
landing areas, and certified night vision routes. Additionally, Altus weather
conditions are well suited to flight training schedules.

SAS is proposing to team in the development of the STA with Aviation Training
Consulting, an Altus-based firm and an industry leader in designing and
providing advanced training solutions. Sikorsky has entered into an MOU with
ATC and is in the process of final discussions for establishing the academy.
ATC has existing relationships with Sikorsky's customers.

"The creation of the STA is a natural progression of our relationship with
Sikorsky and will not only benefit Sikorsky and ATC, it would make Altus a key
global destination of choice for advanced military aircraft training," said
Robert Cox, CEO of ATC. "Oklahoma is proud of its rich aerospace and defense
industry, which represents approximately 10 percent of its economy. We look
forward to the development of the training academy and our association with
Sikorsky, an internationally respected company."

SAS provides comprehensive support to rotary and fixed wing aircraft
throughout the world. It offers its military and commercial operators a full
portfolio of support services, including material distribution, maintenance,
overhaul & repair, aircraft modifications and life-cycle support. Sikorsky,
based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design,
manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn.,
provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the
aerospace and building systems industries.

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SOURCE Sikorsky Aerospace Services

Website: http://www.sikorsky.com
Contact: Paul Jackson, +1-860-614-3899, Paul.Jackson@sikorsky.com or Frans
Jurgens, +1-203-386-6443, Frans.Jurgens@Sikorsky.com
 
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