Sikorsky Completes S-76B™ Aircraft Modifications
March 8, 2011 – Sikorsky Aerospace Services’ (SAS) commercial maintenance facility in Coatesville, Penn., announced today completion of comprehensive modifications to a Sikorsky S-76B™ helicopter for export to Germany’s Heliservice International GmbH.
By Melissa Damota
March 8, 2011 – Sikorsky Aerospace Services’ (SAS) commercial maintenance facility in Coatesville, Penn., announced today completion of comprehensive modifications to a Sikorsky S-76B™ helicopter for export to Germany’s Heliservice International GmbH. Originally designed for VIP transport missions, the aircraft has been reconfigured and is currently equipped to perform specialty maintenance operations on windmill farms throughout Germany.
The SAS’ Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility offers full service completions, refurbishments, maintenance, aircraft delivery support, and other services and products for Sikorsky as well as MD, Bell, Eurocopter and Agusta Westland aircraft. SAS is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
The announcement was made at the Heli-Expo industry trade show this week in Orlando, Fla.
“SAS MRO successfully executed several complex modifications – transforming the VIP configured S-76B helicopter into an aircraft equipped for completely different applications,” said Joe Coleman, Director of SAS Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul. “We are excited about our commercial upgrade capabilities at our Coatesville facility and look forward to continuing to meet customization requirements for our operators worldwide.”
The modifications were completed within four months. The aircraft customization included installation of a side sliding door; a Goodrich hoist; and complete interior overhaul for 12-person utility capacity with all new interior panels, overhead LED lighting, new seating and floor covering. Air-conditioning was adapted to the new interior along with a belt mount for securing the hoist operator.
Other variants of this interior can be installed for a variety of mission profiles including off-shore transportation, search and rescue and emergency medical services aircraft. Each modification is tailored to the customer’s specific mission requirements.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. Its Sikorsky Aerospace Services business designs and applies advanced logistics and supply chain solutions for commercial rotary, military rotary and fixed wing operators. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.