By Staff Writer | December 29, 2014
Titan Helicopter Group (THG) has accepted delivery of the first Sikorsky S-76D helicopter to operate in Africa. The aircraft is configured for offshore service, and will be on lease from Milestone Aviation Group. Milestone currently has 86 Sikorsky aircraft in its fleet with 55 S-92 helicopters and 31 S-76 aircraft including four S-76D helicopters.
Photo courtesy Sikorsky
The new generation S-76D helicopter, through its application of modern technologies, provides an increase in performance, power and authority. The S-76D helicopter’s baseline equipment includes powerful and efficient Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S engines; an advanced 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.
In addition to the oil and gas sector, the S-76D is also used for VIP and executive personal transport. S-76D helicopter VIP options include a customized interior with seating for five to eight passengers. The S-76D helicopter can hold its rotor system still while running an engine to power the on-board air-conditioning system for safe, comfortable loading and unloading into the pre-cooled cabin during the summer season and hot climates. In the future the S-76D helicopter will be certified to fly in icing conditions via optional de-icing capability for the main and tail rotor blades. Sikorsky’s exclusive active vibration control and Quiet Zone transmission technology provide extraordinarily smooth and quiet cabin conditions allowing normal conversations.
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