China certificates the Sikorsky S-76D helicopter

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued a type certificate for the Sikorsky S-76D helicopter.
Sikorsky S-76D

Sikorsky S-76D

Sikorsky is now able to begin deliveries of the new S-76D helicopter to China, having received certification from the CAAC.

The announcement was made at ABACE 2014 in Shanghai. The S-76D is the latest S-76 model to be validated by CAAC having been preceded by the S-76A and S-76C helicopters.

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Yunnan Jingcheng Group will be the first company in China to take delivery of an S-76D helicopter. The company already flies an S-92 helicopter used for transporting corporate and government VIPs.

Jingcheng should receive their first S-76D later this month. In September 2013, a second S-92 aircraft was purchased with delivery expected in November 2015.

Ryan McFeaters, general manager, Sikorsky Aircraft – China, says: “We are thrilled to have the S-76D certified by the CAAC. This certification helps expand our presence in a strategically important region with many potential S-76D customers.”

“We are also glad to continue working with Jingcheng, an important Sikorsky customer, and look forward to hearing of their successes with this aircraft,” McFeaters adds.

In September 2013, Sikorsky Aircraft and Changhe Aircraft Industries signed an agreement for Changhe to produce S-76D commercial helicopter cabins for Sikorsky.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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