While Sikorsky was busy unveiling its freshly certified S-76D to an eager Heli-Expo crowd, its partner in avionics Thales Group was nearby at Booth No. C6428 demonstrating the TopDeck integrated avionics system that it developed specifically for the new helicopter.
In 2005 Sikorsky selected Thales’ TopDeck avionics suite to equip the S-76D. The helicopter is scheduled to make its first flight in the second quarter of this year and full certification remains on track for sometime next year, according to Phil Naybour, vice president and general manager of helicopter solutions at Thales. The French avionics maker is here at Heli-Expo (Booth No.
Sikorsky has scheduled the maiden flight of the first Thales TopDeck-equipped Sikorsky S-76D for the second quarter of this year. The company expressed confidence that it will see the full certification of the product in 2009, according to Phil Naybour, vice president and general manager of Helicopter Solutions at Thales.