The Federal Aviation Administration recently issued a restricted-category certification to BHI H60 Helicopters, allowing the commercial operation of Sikorsky UH-60A helicopters for firefighting and special operations.
This is the first type-certificate issued to a privately-held company outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer and will allow more than 60 UH-60A aircraft sold by the U.S. Army over the last 12 months to be commercially operated.
BHI H60 Helicopters is a coalition of operators which includes Firehawk Helicopters, Brown Helicopters, and Dynamic Aviation. Firehawk Helicopters spearheaded the certification process and, with the additional help from Aircraft Certification Management Services and the FAA Denver Aircraft Certification Office, completed the certification in record time.
Firehawk Helicopters, Brown Helicopters, and Dynamic Aviation operate over 40 aircraft between them.