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 medium-twin helicopter is “imminent,” the Stratford, Conn.-based aircraft manufacturer said. According to a Sikorsky executive, the first example will be handed over this month to an offshore operator in the Gulf of Mexico. The first executive S-76D is scheduled for delivery in January to a customer in Europe. The OEM expects EASA certification toward the end of the year.
Jet Aviation has joined the Paragon Aviation Group, a network of FBOs that is committed to providing “premium customer service.” As such, Jet Aviation’s six U.S. facilities–at Boston/Bedford, Mass.; Dallas and Houston; St. Louis, Mo.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Teterboro, N.J.–are part of the network, which now encompasses 23 locations in North America.
Spectrum Aeromed is displaying one of its medical interiors in a Lloyd Helicopters Sikorsky S-76 with Spectrum’s 2200 “short box” life support system at the Lloyd exhibit (Static No. C35). In addition, the Lloyd machine is equipped with a 1461 Med Wall, SLA locks and a 1203 stretcher. “The S-76 install from Lloyd Helicopters is only one of many configurations and customizable options we offer,” said Spectrum v-p Ricky Reno.
Helicopter service provider Associated Air Group is launching a new customer referral program. Existing clients can earn flight refers by introducing new clients to AAG.
AAG has more than 20 years experience providing helicopter and fixed-wing charter flights, fractional ownership programs and helicopter maintenance services for locations at Teterboro, New York and Philadelphia, and it operates and owns a Part 145-approved Sikorsky certified repair center at Dutchess County Airport, New York.
The Sikorsky Innovations Entrepreneurial Challenge, now in its second year, saw a significant increase in entries over last year, a sign that the competition is gaining interest among its target audience: entrepreneurial companies looking “to understand some of the toughest issues facing the vertical flight community and to identify their technology as relevant to one or more of these issues.” The Challenge is open to any small company with revenue under $5 million, including newly formed and pre-revenue entities.
Independent FBO network organization Paragon Aviation Group is launching Paragon Preferred, a program that will allow flight departments to receive customized fuel pricing from each participating Paragon network location. The program becomes operational on October 1, but customers can register now for Paragon Preferred. Customers can receive the preferred pricing data through the Paragon website, as an attached spreadsheet in a weekly email or via Fuelerlinx.
Tactair Fluid Controls has launched a new technology program that gives OEMs the option of installing electro-mechanical, optionally actuated landing gear and door uplocks. The focus of the program is to offer a choice between an electro-mechanical release and the traditional mechanically actuated release. Tactair says the new electro-mechanical alternative uplock release offers increased flexibility and opportunities for significant weight savings.
United Technologies (UTC) announced this month that Mick Maurer has been appointed president of its Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary, effective July 1. Maurer, who will succeed Jeff Pino, joined Sikorsky in 2000 and most recently served as president of the military systems unit. Pino, who will retire effective July 1, will then serve as a consultant to Sikorsky.
United Technologies (UTC) announced on Monday that Mick Maurer has been appointed president of its Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary, effective July 1. Maurer, who will succeed the retiring Jeffrey Pino,
joined Sikorsky in 2000 and most recently served as president of the military systems unit.
Pino, who will retire effective July 1, will then serve as a consultant to Sikorsky. He has been Sikorsky’s president since 2006, and during his tenure the helicopter manufacturer has doubled its production rate, according to Louis Chênevert, UTC chairman and CEO.
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