Sikorsky Aircraft Subsidiary Keystone Celebrates FAA Approval to Manufacture S-76(R) Helicopters
November 2, 2007 By Corrie
Nov. 2, 2007, Coatesville, PA - Keystone Helicopter, a subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., has received the Federal Aviation Administration's award of a Production Certificate (PC) authorizing Keystone to manufacture S-76(R) commercial helicopters at its new state of the art Heliplex(TM) facility.
Nov. 2, 2007, Coatesville,
PA – Keystone Helicopter, a subsidiary of
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., has received the Federal Aviation
Administration's award of a Production Certificate (PC) authorizing
Keystone to manufacture S-76(R) commercial helicopters at its new state
of the art Heliplex(TM) facility. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United
Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
Local and county officials joined representatives from the FAA,
Keystone and Sikorsky executives, and company employees to celebrate
the recently received approval, following submission of the application
in March 2006. Production will begin almost immediately, with the first
aircraft built under the PC slated for delivery before year-end.
"Sikorsky is experiencing unprecedented growth and is expanding
capacity to meet all our customer requirements — including those of
the U.S. government, which in July approved full-rate production for
approximately 1,200 UH-60M and HH-60M helicopters starting in 2008,"
said Mick Maurer, Vice President, Operations, for Sikorsky. "Keystone's
new charter not only enables us to meet our important S-76 helicopter
customer needs but also frees up capacity at our Connecticut plant to
help meet our government obligations. This is great news all around."
"We would not have received this production certificate without the
skills, dedication and hard work of all our employees, and the support
and dedication of our local FAA Manufacturing Inspection District
Office," said Keystone President David Ford. "Today we celebrate a
great achievement — their achievement."
Sikorsky expects to phase in S-76 helicopter production at Keystone
starting with approximately 20 aircraft between now and the end of
2008, Maurer said. The transfer will have no effect on Connecticut
employment levels. "We have more than enough work to go around," he
In addition to its new production capability, Keystone Helicopter is
a full-service maintenance and completion center anchored by the
Heliplex, the new state-of-the-art technical services depot in
Coatesville, Pa. Keystone is a factory-authorized service center for
Bell, Eurocopter, MD Helicopter, Rolls Royce, Turbomeca, Pratt &
Whitney, and Sikorsky products. Sikorsky's mission statement reflects
its long commitment to safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight
solutions that bring people home everywhere… every time(TM)." United
Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, provides a
broad range of high technology products and support services to the
aerospace and building systems industries.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning
future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially
from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties,
including but not limited to changes in government procurement
priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built;
challenges in the design, development, production and support of
advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties,
including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United
Technologies Corporation's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.