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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Keystone Gets S-76 Production Certificate

Jim McKenna

Keystone Helicopter has received FAA approval, in the form of a production certificate, to make S-76s for its parent company, Sikorsky Aircraft. The Stratford, Conn. manufacturer began looking at Keystone’s Coatesville, Pa. completions center as a surge manufacturing site for S-76s and S-92s after a 10-week Teamsters’ strike disrupted its production in early 2006. Now Sikorsky is considering moving a portion of S-76 production to Keystone to help meet demand for its new S-76D. Keystone already has earned an FAA airworthiness certificate for an S-76 it assembled. Production of its first S-76 will start immediately, according to Sikorsky, with that aircraft slated for delivery before year-end. For related news


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