EASA has completed a second phase of validations for new capabilities and expanded performance of the Sikorsky S-76DTM, Sikorsky said at the Farnborough Air Show this week.
The new capabilities include improved cabin acoustics and climate control. The TopDeckTM avionics suite is also approved for the field loadable V400 software upgrade.
Expanded performance profiles now include Category A ground-level helipad procedures, Category B takeoff and landing procedures and 15,000-ft envelope expansion.
EASA signed the VIP Type Certificate for the S-76DTM in February 2015. Sikorsky expects to deliver the first of the expanded-capability model to a European VIP customer this year.