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Old 31st Dec 2016, 22:02   #1 (permalink)
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S61 - Who is Operating?

Just a quick question for members. Who around the world is still operating the S61.

Thanks for your help.
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Croman, Carson, CHI, Withrotor.
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https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalap...rcrafttype=s61

Also Spanish Coastguard

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Doesn't the US State Department operate the largest S-61 fleet these days?

New S-61 Helos for the US Government
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HNZ/CHL has 3 they still operate I believe.
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Brittish International in the Falklands
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Heli-Carrier in Quebec operating an ex Cougar 61.
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Coulson Aviation out of Port Alberni operate two 61's, mainly on logging and fire fighting.
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Old 2nd Jan 2017, 13:25   #11 (permalink)


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Doesn't the US State Department operate the largest S-61 fleet these days?

New S-61 Helos for the US Government
The State Department sold most of their S-61's in 2016.
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Old 2nd Jan 2017, 19:31   #12 (permalink)
 
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Ah. Who to?
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The S-61N's used on the state department were stop gaps until the converted ex SeaKings to Triton spec.
The S-61's are all currently in storage as some of the mods done to them were not approved and leaves they in a grey area.
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Doesn't the US State Department operate the largest S-61 fleet these days?

New S-61 Helos for the US Government

The State Department sold most of their S-61's in 2016.

That's surprising, as they were ramping up their fleet quite significantly in 2011 I seem to recall. They had about 30 under contract, and were authorised to buy 110 of them.


Any word on why they retired them all so suddenly?
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Old 4th Jan 2017, 14:12   #15 (permalink)
 
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A friend flys a US registered 61 for the USN test centre in the Bahamas ...don't know who the operator is.
Yes I am jealous of him. LOL
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I think I have never seen many people talk negative things about the S-61, perhaps no one as I can recall. Was this the best "non modern technology" large type helicopter ever built?
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Old 4th Jan 2017, 23:33   #17 (permalink)
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Every pilot we have ever interviewed about the S61 has always been complimentary - don't think I have ever heard a bad word against that helo - unlike many of todays modern ones
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AUTEC run 61's for Bahamas gig. Many happy hours flying 61, always felt comfortable in it even in turbulence.
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Carson is gone. Coulson, and HTS are operating them in the US, maybe others.
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