Sikorsky Delivers First Offshore-Configured S-76Ds

By Graham Warwick
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
January 13, 2014

New medium-sized commercial helicopters have taken longer than expected to arrive, but pent-up demand is putting pressure on manufacturers to complete certification of mission configurations and deliver into multiple market segments almost simultaneously.

Sikorsky handed the first S-76Ds to Bristow Group in December. The aircraft are configured for offshore oil-support services in the Gulf of Mexico, but delivery of the first VIP-configured helicopter is imminent. Emergency medical service (EMS) and search-and-rescue (SAR) variants will follow this year.

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