Monday, August 1, 2011
Sikorsky Ceases S-76C++ Production
Sikorsky Aircraft is closing out production of the S-76C++, replacing it with the S-76D. Aero Vodochody is producing the fuselages for the S-76D, which will have Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S engines and Thales avionics and autopilot. FAA sea-level certification is expected later this year with deliveries projected to start in 2012. Prior to the transition, Sikorsky sold six of S-76C++ helicopters to SonAir Servico Aereo for offshore oil operations in Angola; two to Dublin, Ireland-based Milestone Aviation; and one to China Southern Airlines Company’s Zhuhai Helicopter branch, which also purchased two S-92s. The Milestone order also includes one S-92. The Zhuhai fleet will include three S-92s and 13 S-76s following delivery, which is scheduled to start in November 2011.