Sikorsky reported Tuesday that it received FAA certification for its S-76C++ helicopter, an improved version of the S-76C+. The inaugural C++ went to PHI (formerly Petroleum Helicopters), where it will be used for offshore oil support and employee transfer missions. In total there are more than 60 S-76C++ helicopters on order, according to Sikorsky.
U.S. Helicopter, the only scheduled helicopter airline operating in the U.S., recently expanded its New York City service to include departures from the East 34th Street heliport.
Sikorsky S-76A, Eugene Island, La., Oct. 22, 2006–The S-76 was repositioning to an offshore oil platform in VMC when it crashed into the water and sank. The crew encountered a cloud deck at 500 feet and visibility was hindered by rain. The ATP-rated pilot was not injured and the commercial first officer was slightly injured. The helicopter, operated by Petroleum Helicopters of Lafayette, La., was destroyed.
Offshore Logistics, the world’s largest provider of helicopter transportation services to the oil and gas industry, yesterday ordered 35 new S-76 helicopters. The contract, one of the largest helicopter orders in Stratford, Connecticut-based Sikorsky’s history, is in addition to a previously announced purchase of 12 new S-76s in 2003. The new order includes options for a further 24 S-76 aircraft.
Irish helicopter and jet management and sales company Premier Aviation Services has signed for three Sikorsky S-76D corporate helicopters. The business, covered by “position assignment agreements” with Sikorsky, is said to involve the first European deposits for this newest variant of the successful rotorcraft, which will be powered by three Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210 engines.
On March 13 Aero Vodochody engineers finished work on their 100th Sikorsky S-76C helicopter fuselage. The following day, the in-house Sikorsky representative signed off on the Czech Republic engineering house’s efforts, and airframe number 624, shrink-wrapped inside a waterproof membrane, was dispatched from Odolena Voda, a northern suburb of capital Prague.
The new Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PW210S turboshaft engine that will power the Sikorsky S-76D successfully completed its first run on Tuesday, the engine maker announced. Walter Di Bartolomeo, P&WC v-p of engineering, said the run at the company’s Montreal area test facility “represents an important milestone in this development program. The engine ran exceptionally well and met all of our performance expectations.”
Pratt & Whitney Canada on October 18 successfully completed the first run of its 1,000-shp-class PW210 turboshaft. According to the manufacturer, the engine met all of the engineers’ performance expectations. The first application for the new engine (in PW210S form) will be the Sikorsky S-76D.
The New Jersey State Police would like to permanently relocate one of the state’s medevac helicopter units to Somerset Airport (SMQ), near the middle of the northern half of the Garden State. But Bedminster township committeeman Kurt Joerger vehemently opposes relocating the helicopter to his district from the roof of a Newark hospital.
Last month, Sikorsky Aircraft announced an agreement to acquire privately owned Keystone Ranger Holdings for an unspecified sum. Previously backed by investors that included Meridian Venture Partners, Keystone specializes in engineering, completion and technical support for commercial helicopters, and aeromedical flight operations. Closing was expected by year-end, subject to government approval, as well as certain other conditions.