Sikorsky plans to fly an all-electric 300C training helicopter by year-end. The aircraft’s battery pack weighs 1,100 pounds and would yield only 15 minutes of flight time. A company representative emphasized that the helicopter is merely a “technology demonstrator” that is “good enough to prove the concept,” and far from practical commercial application.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services last month signed a memorandum of understanding with Jacksonville, Fla.-based Job Performance Associates for the development of interactive multimedia training products linked to Sikorsky technical publications. Sikorsky’s aftermarket division identified specific training needs for JPA to create a library of Web-based learning videos.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services last month announced the acquisition of LifePort and the simultaneous creation of an “accessories business segment.” The Woodland, Wash.-based aircraft accessories manufacturer specializes in air medical systems, lightweight armor, interior furnishings and galley equipment for both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. LifePort will retain its name and current executive management team, Sikorsky said.
Bangalore, India-based Deccan Charters’ Mumbai facility has been approved as a Sikorsky authorized customer service center (CSC) to support the S-76 helicopter. “We are pleased to provide in-country aftermarket support services.
Sikorsky Helitech, a Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) company based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, has entered into a distribution agreement with Timken for bearing inspection, overhaul and reconditioning services throughout Australasia.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS), an aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft, has acquired Woodland, Wash.-based LifePort, a major accessories manufacturer specializing in air medical systems, interior furnishings and lightweight armor for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. The acquisition further strengthens SAS’s accessories business segment.
Sikorsky Aircraft plans to invest $1 billion over the next 10 years in research and development to redefine the future of vertical flight, the Stratford, Conn.-based helicopter manufacturer announced earlier this month.
Sikorsky has launched a technology development organization called Sikorsky Innovations, whose mission is to develop and mature technologies, products and processes. Sikorsky Innovations, a “virtual organization,” will strive to shorten execution timelines and reduce costs, the U.S. helicopter manufacturer announced this week.
Two new Sikorsky civil helicopter programs–the S-76D and S-434–achieved significant milestones this week. The first S-76D production airframe, S/N 761004, was joined and entered the assembly line at Aero Vodochody in the Czech Republic. The completed airframe will be shipped to Sikorsky’s Coatesville, Pa. facility for final assembly in April.
The Changhe subsidiary of China’s Aviation Industry Corp. (AVIC) completed its first Sikorsky S-76C++ airframe yesterday at its plant near Shanghai. It will now be shipped to Sikorsky’s Coatesville, Pa. facility for completion. Changhe will manufacture additional S-76 airframes in 2010.