In a surprise announcement here today, Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft (Booth No. 1526) said that it had reached an agreement “in principle” to make a substantial minority investment in Eclipse Aerospace (Booth No. 6667).
Sikorsky will start certification testing on the S-434 light turbine single in January, thus postponing the target certification date to December next year.
Sikorsky is to start certification testing on the S-434 light single helicopter in January, thus postponing FAA certification to a targeted December 2011, AIN has learned. With this improved Schweizer 333, engineers already have completed some 50 hours of development flight tests to “mitigate risks and develop new systems,” according to company spokesperson.
Speaking yesterday at Heli-Expo 2010, Sikorsky president Jeffrey Pino found looking in the rear-view mirror a fair indicator of what’s to come, and as he put it, “It’s very good.
“We had a great year in 2009,” he said, pointing out $1.1 billion in sales from the Sikorsky Global Helicopters division, another $2 billion from Aerospace Services and a healthy $3.2 billion from Military Systems.
The Sikorsky Humanitarian Service Award is presented annually to the person or crew that best demonstrates the value of rotorcraft to society by saving lives, protecting property and aiding those in distress, either through a specific mission or over a period of time. The 2010 recipient of the award is the crew of U.S. Coast Guard CGNR 6033, based at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla.
Shane Eddy is the new kid on the block at Sikorsky, but he’s no neophyte to helicopters, having spent more than 25 years in the industry, with the last 14 years at Bell Helicopter, where he most recently served as senior vice president of customer support and services.
Volo Aviation’s newest FBO at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Bridgeport, Conn., is on target to open in April. The new facility includes 35,000 sq ft of hangar space and a 4,000-sq-ft FBO and office building featuring polycarbonate and structural glass panels instead of the traditional steel and concrete found at many airports. Volo’s FBO is the first major new construction project at the airport in about 30 years.
Pilatus PC-12/47, Bridgeport, Conn., June 12, 2009– The fractionally owned single-engine turboprop was substantially damaged when it struck a blast fence on landing at Igor Sikorsky Memorial Airport.
According to Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky, two more S-76D prototypes will soon join the helicopter test program, which is expected to conclude next year with certification and first deliveries. Meanwhile, the company said last week at the Paris Air Show that it is continuing envelope expansion on the first prototype, dubbed D1, which has been flying since February 7.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) has opened a regional parts facility with Times Aerospace Korea (TAK) at the Gimpo Aerospace Complex in Gimpo City, Gyongg-Do, Republic of Korea. The facility will stock parts for Sikorsky helicopters and may also stock fixed-wing aircraft parts for customers of Derco Aerospace, a SAS company. TAK is an authorized Sikorsky S-76 service center and owns and operates Sikorsky S-92s and S-61s.