In response to “rapid sales growth” overseas, Sikorsky Aircraft (Booth No. 1740) late last month named Stephen Estill vice president of strategic partnerships. In his new position, he will “provide the focus, expertise and dedicated resources we need to continue our global growth by capturing opportunities emerging in key markets worldwide,” said Sikorsky president Jeffrey Pino.
Sikorsky’s S-76D made its first flight on Saturday at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla. test facility. The helicopter taxied, hovered, made hover turns and achieved a top forward speed of 40 knots during the 30-minute flight. The flight came three years after Sikorsky began development of the latest S-76 variant. “The next generation of the S-76 helicopter begins today,” said program manager Jason Durno.
Dean Borgman, president of Sikorsky Aircraft since 1998, has been appointed chairman of the company. Named to succeed him as president is Stephen Finger, who previously served as president of Pratt & Whitney’s military engines business. Both appointments took effect last month.
Sikorsky has claimed the number-two position among the world’s helicopter manufacturers, declared CEO Jeff Pino here on Monday. “We are the second largest helicopter manufacturer by revenues and we will soon compete with Eurocopter for the number one position,” said Pino, who has seen his company’s turnover grow on a 22-percent trend, against a 13-percent industry average.
Focusing on the needs of the corporate user, Sikorsky Aircraft used last month’s NBAA Convention to outline a series of fresh improvements applicable to its entire S-76 product line, including stainless-steel landing-gear rod ends that eliminate reliance on corrosion preventive compounds, thereby reducing maintenance; a “smart” electrical contactor to better manage electrical system switching; fuzz-burn engine chip detectors for Turbomeca Arri
After years of talks, meetings, competitions, flyoffs, and negotiations, the Irish government has decided to terminate a deal to buy three Sikorsky S-92 helicopters. The news is an especially telling blow to Sikorsky because the Irish deal had been supposedly the only firm, cash-on-the-barrelhead business it had signed for its medium-lift helicopter.
Lider Aviaco, Brazil’s largest offshore helicopter service provider, has selected Blue Sky Network to provide satellite-based tracking and logistics services on its fleet of 40 Bell 212s and 412s and Sikorsky S-76C+s. The system uses Blue Sky’s D1000C Iridium transceiver and provides altitude-adjusted position reporting, minimum en route altitude alerting, and automated takeoff and landing notifications.
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.
PHI has already logged 23,000 hours on its fleet of nine Sikorsky S-92s, and on Monday at Heli-Expo it signed an options contract for six more of the model to be delivered in 2009 and 2010, as well as six copies of the S-76C++ to support deepwater oil industry missions in the Gulf of Mexico.