Wed, Jan 04, 2006
Sikorsky Aircraft has
received FAA certification for its S-76C++ helicopter.
Since being certified, two C++ aircraft have already been
delivered. The inaugural C++ aircraft went to Petroleum Helicopters
Inc. (PHI) and will be used for offshore oil support and employee
transfer missions. In total there are over 60 S-76C++ helicopters
First announced at the Heli-Expo trade show in February 2005 as
a series of engine, air vehicle, interior and avionics upgrades the
new S-76C++ helicopter will make way for a set of additional
product improvements that will lead to the launch of the new S-76D
model in 2008.
"The S-76 helicopter's success has been built by meeting the
needs of the customer. We continue that tradition today by securing
certification for the new S-76C++. Able to provide more power,
range, operating efficiencies, reliability and comfort, the S-76C++
truly is a continuation of the venerable S-76 line," said Jeff
Pino, Sikorsky's senior vice president for corporate strategy and
Product improvements available immediately on the S-76C++
include the new more powerful Turbomeca Arriel 2S2 Engine, an inlet
barrier filter to protect the engine against erosion and
environmental contaminants, a new VIP interior, new HUMS (Health
and Usage Monitoring System), and a quiet main gearbox utilizing
Quiet Zone Technology that will significantly reduce interior noise
levels without any weight, maintenance or TBO penalties.
The more powerful engine in the S-76C++ provides approximately
350 lbs of additional payload capacity as compared to an S-76C+ on
hot days and high altitude conditions.
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