The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a validation type certificate for the Sikorsky S-76D, allowing the U.S. manufacturer to begin deliveries of the helicopter to Chinese customers. The approval, announced yesterday at ABACE 2014 in Shanghai, follows earlier CAAC validation of the S-76A and S-76C models. More than 30 Sikorsky S-76-series helicopters currently operate in China. Yunnan Jingcheng Group will be the first company in China to take delivery of an S-76D, scheduled for this month.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued a validation type certificate for Sikorsky Aircraft’s S-76D helicopter, allowing the U.S. manufacturer to begin deliveries to Chinese customers. The move, announced on Monday at ABACE 2014 in Shanghai, follows the earlier CAAC validation of the S-76A and S-76C models. More than 30 of the twin-engine Sikorsky S-76 aircraft currently operate in China.
Rolls-Royce yesterday recognized Canadian operator Helijet International, which operates daily shuttle flights between Victoria and Vancouver in the Sikorsky S-76A, as the highest time model M250-C30S operator in the world. “[Helijet has] accumulated more than 300,000 flight hours on its fleet,” said Tim McGrath, Rolls-Royce’s vice president for customer business (left).
Milestone Aviation Group (Booth No. 5114) and Sikorsky (Booth No. 2822) recognized two noteworthy achievements for the companies during opening day of Heli-Expo 2014.
At the end of last month, Trinidad’s National Helicopter Service Limited (NHSL) celebrated the delivery of its first Sikorsky S-76D. According to Joshey Mabahir, the company’s general manager, the helicopter was among of the first to be delivered by the Stratford, Conn.-based airframer (Booth No. 2822) and possibly the first of the type to enter revenue service.
CHC Group is going public and has begun an initial public offering (IPO) of 29,412,000 of its ordinary shares. The company, parent of CHC Helicopter, will make all of these shares available in the IPO, which is expected to price at $16 to $18 per share. If the underwriters sell more than the allotted shares, they will be able to buy up to 4,411,800 additional ordinary shares at the IPO price, less underwriting discounts, according to CHC. The company’s symbol on the New York Stock Exchange will be HELI.
PHI flew the first operational automated “rig approach” to a platform in the Gulf of Mexico in a Sikorsky S-92 on November 14. Sikorsky and PHI developed the system to reduce pilot workload and the FAA approved its functionality earlier this year. The system is expected to be offered on the Sikorsky S-76D as well.
The first customer delivery of the Sikorsky S-76D was imminent as this was being written last month, with the first example to be handed over to an offshore operator in the Gulf of Mexico. EASA certification is expected toward the end of the year.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services selected Wappingers Falls, N.Y.-based Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) as its first customer service center for the S-76. AAG will provide comprehensive maintenance management, inspections and spare parts procurement for customers operating the new Sikorsky S-76D.
Sikorsky Aircraft and China’s Changhe Aircraft Industries have signed an agreement for Changhe to produce cabins for the S-76D. Changhe, which had previously provided cabins for the predecessor S-76C++, will now serve as a second source for S-76D cabins, as Czech-based Aero Vodochody also supplies cabins. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2016.
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