Fly-by-Wire Technology Driving Advancements in Rotary Wing Flight

      Fly-by-Wire Technology Driving Advancements in Rotary Wing Flight

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 14, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --UTC Aerospace Systems is
working with Sikorsky Aircraft to drive advancements in rotorcraft technology
as part of Sikorsky's self-funded Matrix Technology autonomy research and
development program. With Matrix Technology, Sikorsky aims to significantly
improve the capability, safety and reliability of vertical take-off and
landing aircraft. UTC Aerospace Systems and Sikorsky are units of United
Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

Sikorsky announced this week the first flight of an S-76 helicopter — called
the Sikorsky Autonomous Research Aircraft (SARA) — to test in autonomous mode
the systems and software that comprise Matrix Technology. SARA uses a triplex
redundant fly-by-wire Flight Control System (FCS) with computers supplied by
UTC Aerospace Systems to implement the flight-critical portions of the
autonomous operation.

"We're proud to provide this critical flight control technology to our
customer and colleagues at Sikorsky Aircraft," said Steve Peery, vice
president for UTC Aerospace Systems' Engine & Control Systems business unit.
"Having previously used a derivative system on a fly-by-wire BLACK HAWK
helicopter, UTC Aerospace Systems has shown the FCS could be expanded for the
autonomous mission management role. We are looking forward to further
advancing the FCS to continue increasing safety and versatility for future

UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems
and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems
supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and
customer service facilities.

United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company
providing high- technology products and services to the building and aerospace

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