Black Widow Helicopters delivers UH-60 Black Hawk to Trans Aero

Camarillo, California. Black Widow Helicopters announced  June 19th, 2023, the successful delivery of a Sikorsky UH-60A+ Black Hawk helicopter to Trans Aero Ltd.

“We are very pleased with the quality of work produced and the professionalism shown by Black Widow Helicopters on such a significant modernization project”, said Kevin Shields, President of Trans Aero Ltd. “Adding a second Black Hawk to our fleet is a significant event for us.”

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The success of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to attack and suppress wildfires in their initial stage has spurred operators globally to evaluate this unique asset, both as a firefighting tool and a multi-mission aircraft for year-round utility and firefighting missions.

“We are very pleased we could deliver this UH-60A+ Black Hawk to a legacy operator such as Trans Aero. Our ability to modernize U.S. Army BEST Program UH-60 Black Hawk aircraft to local and international customers is an excellent way for clients to quickly acquire a helicopter platform renowned for its reliability, high performance and multi-role versatility,” said Alex Freidin, Vice President for the UH-60 Black Hawk Program at Black Widow Helicopters.

“The delivery to Trans Aero of this exceptional and unique UH-60 Black Hawk product highlights the fact that we are witnessing the growth of a new generation of state-of-the-art modernized Black Hawk legacy helicopters ready to serve world markets”, Friedin continued.

The aircraft will be the second UH-60 Black Hawk in Trans Aero’s fleet which will support firefighting and utility operations.

“The UH-60 is proving to be a tremendous all-in-one aerial firefighting weapon, and this capability brings unmatched multi-mission capability to our fleet and to ultimately protect lives and property”, Shields continued.

In business for over 60 years, Trans Aero Ltd. is a Colorado-based helicopter operator. Its main focuses are in the fields of aeromedical, wildland firefighting, government contracts, and utility operations.

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Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason
Ryan is an accomplished writer and aerial photographer that has worked in the aviation industry for over a decade before co-founding AerialFire Magazine. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Ryan is a former police officer that focuses his writing and photography efforts on para-public operations and agricultural aviation.

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