Sikorsky President Jeff Pino describes his vision for a “self-actualized” helicopter, discusses the technology of the X2, tells what Sikorsky is doing to increase production capacity and comments (briefly) on the new VH-71 presidental helicopter. Click here to view.
Keystone Helicopter of West Chester, Pa., signed a five-year nonexclusive contract with Sikorsky Aircraft to provide executive completions for the new S-92 medium-twin helicopter. The work will include custom design, certification and installation, as well as exterior painting. The first S-92 to get the Keystone VIP configuration is scheduled for completion in December, next year for delivery to a large Northeast corporate customer.
Sikorsky unveiled its fully transformed Web site–www.sikorsky.com–to Heli-Expo’08 attendees yesterday. The revamped site uses a combination of video and Flash animation to bring Sikorsky’s aircraft to life. It also features an interactive helicopter tour.
Sikorsky Aircraft yesterday unveiled its X2 technology demonstrator here at Heli-Expo, with hordes of attendees surrounding the black-shrouded helicopter before it was revealed in a cloud of smoke and lights at the company’s booth (No. 1641). What emerged was a sleek-looking, two-pilot ship with a contra-rotating coaxial main rotor and an “aero propeller” in place of the tail rotor.
Sikorsky’s growth in the last four years has been astronomical. Since 2003 the company has doubled its revenue to almost $5 billion thanks to a succession of orders that have come pouring in from military and civil buyers. The latest deal, announced in December, was for 537 Black Hawks for the Army and Navy. These helicopters will be delivered over the next five years as part of a contract worth $7.4 billion.
The U.S. Navy has temporarily halted “Increment 2” development of the VH-71 Marine One presidential helicopter replacement program and is reevaluating available options. However, Pentagon officials say the current contract remains in effect.
North American and European OEMs are proceeding with the development of new models for the booming civil helicopter market across a broad product spectrum, from light singles to medium twins. Almost all OEMs are reporting record or near-record deliveries, robust orders and significant backlogs. For example, a Bell 429 ordered today would not be delivered until 2014. The weakened U.S.
Bringing to reality a deal announced at Heli-Expo last year, Shanghai Sikorsky Aircraft Co. (SSAC) has received business license approval from Chinese authorities, authorizing the light-helicopter manufacturing company to commence operations. The result will be a new line of light helicopters built in China, all of them license-built editions of existing Schweizer designs.
In the late winter of 1923, these 12 men were most of the workforce of the fledgling Sikorsky Aircraft. When this vintage image was captured, the men were taking a break in their struggle to complete an early flying-boat design inside a decrepit shed on a Long Island, N.Y. chicken farm. Visionary Igor Sikorsky (fifth from right) was in those days a freshly arrived Russian émigré, driven to the U.S.
Asked to visualize an environmentally “green” helicopter, most of us would think of a rotorcraft that was quiet. Given some more thought, the idea of a helo whose engines developed minimal polluting emissions might spring to mind.