China Certifies Sikorsky S-76D™ Helicopter
SHANGHAI, April 15, 2014
SHANGHAI, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced
today that the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued a
validation type certificate for the S-76D™ aircraft, allowing Sikorsky to
begin delivering the commercial helicopter to customers in China. The
announcement was made at the 2014 Asian Business Aviation Conference &
Exhibition. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Following the recent certification by the Civil Aviation Administration of
China, Yunnan Jingcheng Group will receive the first Sikorsky S-76D™ in China.
The S-76D is the latest S-76® model to be validated by CAAC having been
preceded by the S-76A™ and S-76C™ helicopters More than 30 Sikorsky S-76
aircraft currently operate in China.
Yunnan Jingcheng Group will be the first company in China to take delivery of
an S-76D helicopter. The company contracted for a new S-76D in 2012 and is
scheduled to receive the aircraft this month. Jingcheng already flies an S-92®
helicopter for use in transporting corporate and government VIPs. In September
2013, a second S-92 aircraft was purchased with delivery expected in November
"We are thrilled to have the S-76D certified by the CAAC. This certification
helps expand our presence in a strategically important region with many
potential S-76D customers," said Ryan McFeaters, General Manager, Sikorsky
Aircraft – China. "We are also glad to continue working with Jingcheng, an
important Sikorsky customer, and look forward to hearing of their successes
with this aircraft."
The S-76D helicopter has quickly proven popular with customers, with a current
backlog exceeding $650 million. Sikorsky has delivered more than 800 S-76
helicopters to customers globally since 1979, contributing daily to a growing
6.4-million-plus fleet flight hours total.
The S-76D helicopter's baseline equipment includes powerful and efficient
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S engines; an advanced THALES TopDeck ® integrated
avionics system and four-axis autopilot; Health and Usage Monitoring System
(HUMS) incorporated into fleet monitoring and analysis; active vibration
control; and all-composite, flaw-tolerant main rotor blades. A Rotor Ice
Protection System (RIPS) for all-weather capability will be available as an
In September 2013, Sikorsky Aircraft and Changhe Aircraft Industries Corp.
signed an agreement for Changhe to produce S-76D™ commercial helicopter cabins
for Sikorsky. Changhe serves as a second source for S-76D cabins, with
deliveries scheduled to begin in 2016 and production volume based on market
demand. Aero Vodochody in the Czech Republic also supplies the cabins.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in
helicopter design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based
in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and
support services to the aerospace and building systems industries
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