About Carson Helicopters
Franklin Carson is a pioneer in rotary wing flight and started Carson Helicopters, Inc. on a twenty-five acre farm in Perkasie, Pennsylvania.
Over the years, the original shed and small, unheated farmhouse grew into a F.A.A. Approved Helicopter Repair Station for the overhaul, repair and remanufacturing of all major model helicopters. Carson’s 81 acre facility now includes a 75,000 sq. ft Hangar, a 60,000 sq. ft Warehouse, an office building, paint shop and heliport.
Carson’s experienced work staff and in-house capabilities have made it a leader in the remanufacturing of S61 Helicopters. Our services include 9,000 hour inspections, complete overhaul and repair of all components, gearboxes, rotor heads, and engines, repair of all fiberglass and cowlings, blasting and painting capabilities, major structural repairs and overhauls, partial and total retrofitting of Avionics and electrical systems and installation of Cobham Glass Cockpits. When it comes to S61s, no one has more experience than Carson Helicopters.
Carson holds over 35 STCs for improvements and modifications to rotor wing aircraft—29 are for the Sikorsky S61 Helicopter. In 2003, The Carson Composite Main Rotor Blade was certified by the FAA, permitting the S61 to carry an additional 1,700 lbs., fly 15 knots per hour faster and travel 50 miles farther on the same horsepower. Since certification, over 1,000 main rotor blades have been manufactured and are being used worldwide by governments, commercial operators and Marine One, the helicopter used by the President of the United States.
Although no longer in the operating end of the business, Carson is combining its past experience with science and technology to rebuild and modernize the S61 and other legacy aircraft. Some of the new products Carson is presently working on include new Composite Tail Rotor Blades, a Cobham Glass Cockpit, Autopilot, Landing Gear and Larger Engines. Kits will be available for sale to foreign buyers who want to do the work locally.