Mark Schaberg, one of the pilots of MBNA’s Sikorsky S-76C that crashed into New York City’s East River near 42nd Street on Friday, was released from the hospital yesterday and is “resting comfortably at home,” according to a company spokesman. Schaberg was the most seriously injured of the eight people on board–which included another pilot and six top executives, one of whom was the CEO of the Delaware-based company.
The S-92 medium-twin helicopter has become the first rotorcraft to be certified by the new European Aviation Safety Agency. Transport Canada certification is expected later this year summer and full icing certification later this year.
Wreckage of an Era Aviation Sikorsky S-76 was found late last month, two days after it crashed into the Gulf of Mexico about 60 miles south of Galveston, Texas. Several bodies were also recovered. The twin-turbine helicopter, carrying two crew and eight passengers, was en route from Galveston to an oil platform when it went down.
Avionics makers highlighted a number of intriguing technologies for helicopters at last month’s Heli-Expo in Orlando, Fla., none more buzz-worthy than the synthetic-vision system (SVS) concepts unveiled by Thales and Honeywell.
Keystone Helicopter, a subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft, signed an agreement to provide maintenance and completion services to Seacor’s aviation division, which includes Era Helicopters, Era Leasing and EraMed. The Seacor fleet includes AgustaWestland A109s, A119s and AW139s; Eurocopter EC 135s, EC 145s and AS 350s; and the Sikorsky S-76++.
Revered as one of the most venerable and versatile helicopters in the history of vertical flight, the Sikorsky S-61 has served for nearly a half century around the globe in a variety of roles, from VIP transport to heavy lifter. Coulson Group CEO Wayne Coulson sees no reason the iconic machine should enter retirement anytime soon.
Based in British Columbia, Coulson owns and operates one of the world’s largest civilian S-61 fleets.
Following last year’s NTSB recommendation that all turbine-powered helicopters be equipped with terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS), Air Logistics has decided to upgrade its newer medium and heavy twin-engine helicopters with Honeywell enhanced ground proximity warning systems (EGPWS).
Following last year’s NTSB recommendation that turbine-powered helicopters carry terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS), Air Logistics has decided to upgrade its newer medium and heavy twin-engine helicopters operating in the Gulf of Mexico with Honeywell’s enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS).
Sikorsky's new S-76D twin-turbine helicopter, scheduled to enter service in 2008, will be equipped with Thales' TopDeck integrated modular avionics, according to the French electronics maker in an announcement made yesterday at the annual Helitech show in Cambridge, England. Thales said the S-76D contract marks the first time that it has been selected to supply a complete glass cockpit for a U.S. helicopter manufacturer.