Yesterday, we discussed the lack of news (which actually counted as good news) at United Technologies (NYSE:UTX). Specifically, we noted the company's confident assertions that: (1) growth abroad would offset any weakness here in the U.S. in its Carrier cooling-and-heating business; and (2) its Sikorsky helicopters would do just fine even in the face of a slowdown in defense spending, because it's now getting fully 40% of its revenue from civilian buyers.

No sooner had these words left COO Louis Chenevert's mouth than United Tech (UTC) issued a press release supporting the latter point. On Wednesday, the firm announced that Bristow Group (NYSE:BRS) was buying seven helicopters from UTC subsidiary Sikorsky -- four S-92s and a trio of S-76C++s, for use in shuttling oil workers from shore to offshore drilling platforms. It provides these services to oil majors such as Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A) (NYSE:RDS-B) and BP (NYSE:BP).

As oil majors have to move further and further afield in search of dwindling oilfields, moving workers to worksites and back looks like a growth industry not just for firms like Bristow and fellow flier CHC Helicopter (NYSE:FLI), but for Sikorsky/UTC as well. (Incidentally, Sikorsky/UTC also counts CHC as a customer.)

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