Keystone Helicopter Wins FAA Diamond Award For Fifth Consecutive Year

The Diamond Award Certificate of Excellence is the Federal Aviation Administration's highest training and safety honor.


COATESVILLE, Pa., May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Keystone Helicopter, an industry leader in helicopter services for more than 50 years, has received FAA Diamond Awards for the fifth consecutive year. Keystone Helicopter is a unit of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., which in turn is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

The Diamond Award Certificate of Excellence is the Federal Aviation Administration's highest training and safety honor. It recognizes aviation services companies where at least 25 percent of all technical personnel complete additional training beyond their initial certification.

Keystone Helicopter's Helicopter Services, Completions and Engine Services divisions received the Diamond Award. More than 80 percent of the technicians received individual awards for additional qualification training.

"The company's investment in its people has been a driving force behind our sustained growth," said company President David Ford.

"Keystone Helicopter has now earned FAA certificates for 13 straight years," said Ford "It's a simple formula: We offer opportunities for professional growth. That improves employee retention and that increases customer satisfaction."

About Keystone Helicopter

Keystone Helicopter is a full-service maintenance and completion center anchored by the Heliplex(TM), a new, state-of-the-art technical services depot in Coatesville, Pa. Keystone is a factory-authorized service center for Bell, Eurocopter, MD Helicopter, Rolls-Royce, Turbomeca, Pratt & Whitney, and Sikorsky products. Keystone was acquired in 2005 by Sikorsky Aircraft, which is based in Stratford, Conn. and is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), based in Hartford, Conn. UTC provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

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