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Frasca International announced that Bristow Academy of Aberdeen, Scotland, has received dual qualification for its Frasca Sikorsky S-92 full-flight simulator (FFS). The S-92 FFS is the first device approved under JAA with both level B FFS and level 3 FTD approval. A second FFS for the Eurocopter EC225, scheduled for delivery to Bristow in mid-2010, will also be dual certified.
Helicopter manufacturer Sikor- sky is outsourcing more of its civil production to India and China while scaling down its partnership with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). The company also announced that China’s AVIC subsidiary Changhe Aircraft has delivered the first S-76C++ airframe built in China and that India’s Tata Advanced Systems will be building S-92 cabins.
The Sikorsky S-92A will take over search-and-rescue helicopter (SAR-H) duties in the UK, following selection of the Soteria Consortium by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
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.
Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky (Stand L39) is outsourcing more of its civil production to India and China, while scaling down its partnership with Japan-based Mitsubishi Heavy In-dustries (MHI). The company also announced that China’s AVIC subsidiary Changhe Aircraft has delivered the first S-76C++ airframe built in China, and that India’s Tata Advanced Systems will be building S-92 cabins.
Both product support and research and development have taken hits in the helicopter industry as cash flow and current sales shrink, while future orders are clouded by important changes and growing uncertainty in key customer sectors.
China’s Aviation Industry Corporation’s (Avic) Changhe subsidiary has completed its first Sikorsky S-76C++ airframe at its plant near Shanghai. It will now be shipped to Sikorsky’s Coatesville, Pa. facility for completion. Changhe will manufacture more S-76 airframes this year.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is changing its voluntary operational evaluations to mandatory operational suitability (OS) approvals for new aircraft designs. This appears as an extension of type certification, at additional cost to manufacturers. The new rule will take effect in 2012.
India’s Tata Sons has formed a joint venture with Sikorsky to make parts, including cabin components, for Sikorsky’s S-92A and other aircraft, including those from other OEMs, beginning in 2012. In an agreement announced last month, Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) and Sikorsky said they would construct a new parts-manufacturing facility in Hyderabad in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.