Goodrich Rescue Systems

About Us

Goodrich Rescue Systems, a unit of UTC Aerospace Systems, Sensors & Integrated Systems (SIS) is a leading provider of advanced products and systems for commercial and military helicopters. Key products provided include fly-by-wire flight controls, vehicle health management systems, rescue hoists, engine control systems and transmission systems. Our advanced systems equip helicopters from Agusta Westland, Bell, Boeing, Eurocopter, MD Helicopters, and Sikorsky.

Helicopters carry out the most demanding missions in some of the most extreme operating environments; we understand this, and design our products as well as support systems to anticipate customer needs, enhance aircrew safety, and provide operational cost benefits. Our systems become a force multiplier for military and commercial operators alike.

Advanced rescue hoists and cargo winches help save lives during disaster relief efforts and rescue missions around the world. Field-proven hoist and winch technologies from SIS are used by U.S. and foreign militaries and coast guards as well as police forces, firefighters, medical evacuation crews, and private operators around the world.

As the only producer of both traditional level wind and more advanced translating drum cable management systems, SIS offers a variety of solutions for operations in high-demand, unpredictable or extreme environment conditions. The business also innovates in dual-hoist systems, increasing readiness for search-and-rescue teams.

SIS works closely with its operators through user groups to communicate best practices and system advances for the benefit of all users.


Goodrich Rescue Systems have a continuous operating history of over 140 years since our beginnings as Western Gear Corporation.

Goodrich, Tew & Co. founded in Akron, Ohio, by Dr. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich. In 1880, the company name was changed to B.F. Goodrich Company; in 1980, to BFGoodrich; and in 2001, to Goodrich Corporation.

Western Gear Corporation begins designing and developing propulsion gearboxes for merchant marine ships and frigates, continuing in this capacity to the Perry Class destroyers and silent running submarine gearboxes.

Western Gear is purchased by Lucas Industries. Lucas Industries later merges with the North American Varity Corporation to become LucasVarity.

TRW acquires LucasVarity. Lucas Aerospace becomes TRW Aeronautical Systems.

Goodrich Corporation acquires a segment of TRW Aeronautical Systems that includes the present Goodrich Rescue Systems business unit.

UTC closes its acquisition of Goodrich and combines the company with Hamilton Sundstrand to form UTC Aerospace Systems, one of the world’s largest suppliers of integrated aerospace solutions.

Goodrich Rescue Systems has built a legacy of unmatched reliability and safety – holding the most EASA & FAA certifications in the industry.

About the Parent Company

About UTC Aerospace Systems

UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. We design, manufacture and service systems and components and provide integrated solutions for commercial, regional, business and military aircraft, helicopters and other platforms. We are also a major supplier to international space programs.

In 2012, UTC Aerospace Systems was formed by combining two industry leaders, Goodrich and Hamilton Sundstrand. UTC Aerospace Systems provides innovative aerospace technologies and integrated systems that advance the performance, safety and efficiency of commercial aviation, global defense and space exploration.  To learn more, visit

About United Technologies Corporation

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries. UTC businesses include UTC Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky. UTC Building & Industrial Systems includes Otis elevators and escalators, Carrier heating, venting, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, and UTC Fire & Security products.  To learn more, visit:

Sensors & Integrated Systems

UTC Aerospace Systems’ Sensors & Integrated Systems division is a leading provider of cutting-edge sensors and sensor-based systems for the commercial aerospace and defense industries including electronic flight bags, air data systems, ice detection and protection systems, fire protection systems, fuel measurement and management systems, guidance navigation and control systems, health and usage management systems, rescue hoists, mission data recorders, and sensing suites for aircraft engines. 

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