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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Rotorcraft Report: Schweizer to Deliver 6,000th Aircraft

Schweizer Aircraft plans to ceremonially deliver its 6,000th aircraft at HAI’s Heli-Expo 2007 in Orlando, Fla. this month.

The helicopter will actually be delivered to the Titusville, Fla.-based flight school Helicopter Adventures, which is already a big Schweizer 300 CB and CBi operator, before the show.

The 6,000 aircraft haven’t all been helicopters. Now a Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary, Schweizer started out building gliders, then produced fixed-wing drones, agricultural aircraft, and reconnaissance birds before buying the Hughes 300 helicopter line. Today, it builds fixed-wing drones, the rotary-wing Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle for the U.S. Navy and Army (with prime contractor Northrop Grumman), and reconnaissance aircraft as well as its 300-series piston and 333 turbine helicopters.

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