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United States : FAA Certifies S-76D Helicopter V400 Software, Adding Capabilities and Reducing Pilot Workload

August 9, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration has certified the V400 avionics software for the S-76D helicopter, increasing the capabilities of the aircraft and allowing the aircraft to operate single pilot under Instrument Flight Rules. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

When installed by the operator, the V400 software will expand the avionics capabilities for functionalities such as single-pilot operation, weather overlays on a moving map display and other features that reduce pilot workload while enhancing the S-76D helicopter s capabilities. V400 software provides an integrated cockpit solution to allow use of optional SiriusXM weather overlays on the moving map, Mode S Transponder transmission of Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast data, and Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance, for both runway and heliports.

This certification provides our customers with innovative software that will improve their in-flight experience, said Leon Silva, director, S-76 Helicopter Programs. This software will provide the operators with enhanced safety capabilities and an even more reliable aircraft.

Sikorsky has delivered more than 800 S-76 helicopters to customers globally since 1979, contributing daily to a growing 6.5-million-plus fleet flight hours total.

The new generation S-76D helicopter, through its application of modern technologies, provides a substantial 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.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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