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Episode #84 – CEO of Schweizer Helicopters: David Horton – The Helicopter Podcast

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Welcome to The Helicopter Podcast, brought to you by Vertical HeliCASTS!

In this captivating episode of The Helicopter Podcast, host Halsey Schider interviews David Horton, CEO of Schweizer Helicopters, to explore the rich history and enduring legacy of this iconic helicopter brand.

David walks us through Schweizer Helicopters’ journey, beginning in the late 1950s as part of Hughes Tool Company, gaining prominence during the Vietnam War, and transitioning through ownership by Sikorsky to its current standing under Schweizer Aircraft Corporation. In 2018, David and his team acquired the company from Sikorsky. His passion for the Schweizer brand and dedication to filling the void left by previous ownership is evident throughout the discussion.

David shares his extensive career in the helicopter industry, including pivotal roles at Bell Helicopter, Heli-Dyne Systems, and Schweizer Helicopters. He addresses the unique challenges of supporting the existing fleet and highlights the significance of the refurbishment program, which aims to restore grounded helicopters to operational status. Additionally, David touches on the available supplemental type certificates (STCs) for Schweizer aircraft, such as the crash-resistant fuel system, and the initiative to modernize the helicopters with advanced glass panel displays.

Throughout the conversation, David emphasizes the passion and commitment of the Schweizer team in revitalizing the brand and supporting their customers.

For an engaging discussion on the history, challenges, and future of Schweizer Helicopters, tune into this episode of The Helicopter Podcast!

Thank you to our sponsors Vertical Aviation International, Precision Aviation Group and Sellacopter.

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