Sikorsky aircraft increasingly fill African skies

By Bill Fallon

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has delivered an offshore-outfitted S-76D helicopter to South Africa-based Titan Helicopter Group, making for the first S-76D in Africa.

A ceremony marking the deal was held Dec. 17 at Associated Aircraft Group, a Sikorsky company based in Wappingers Falls.

Stratford-based Sikorsky is a subsidiary of Hartford-based United Technologies Corp.

Titan Helicopter Group was established in 1993 and is headquartered in South Africa. Its fleet currently features Sikorsky S-76 A++, S-76C and S-76C+ helicopters as well as the S-61N aircraft.

The S-76D helicopter that Titan will operate will be on lease from Milestone Aviation Group, which has headquarters in Ireland and Ohio. Milestone has 86 Sikorsky aircraft in its fleet.

“The S-76D helicopter has quickly spread to various markets around the world and Africa is another key region with many potential customers,” said Ed Beyer, vice president, Sikorsky Commercial Systems & Services, in a press release. “It’s always a pleasure to work with Titan as well as Milestone Aviation, and we can’t wait to see how the S-76D will elevate their business.”

Sikorsky has delivered more than 800 S-76 helicopters to customers globally since 1979.

According to Sikorsky, The new S-76D helicopter’s equipment includes “Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S engines; a THALES TopDeck integrated avionics system and four-axis autopilot; Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) incorporated into fleet monitoring and analysis; active vibration control; and all-composite, flaw-tolerant main rotor blades.”

Sikorksy reported that in addition to the oil and gas sector, the S-76D is in high demand for VIP and executive personal transport.

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Bill Fallon
Bill Fallon is editor of the Fairfield County Business Journal. He has worked at Westfair Communications for more than five years, previously editing an upstate New York daily and a national motorcycle magazine in Nevada. He attended Iona Prep in New Rochelle, N.Y., and the University of Virginia.

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