Sikorsky S-76D: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

Sikorsky’s S-76D is the newest variant of the S-76 Spirit family and received FAA type certificate in October 2012.

The FAA has certified V400 avionics software that adds capabilities and will reduce the pilot’s workload.

Missions: Airborne law enforcement, search and rescue, offshore, executive, airline, EMS.

First delivery: 2012

World fleet: A total of over 800 S-76s have been built

Category: Twin engine


Maximum speed (Vne): 155 kts 287 km/hr

Maximum cruise speed (Vh): 155 kts 287 km/hr

Hover ceiling, In-Ground Effect (TOP): 9, 700 ft 2,957 m

Hover ceiling, Out-of-Ground Effect (TOP): 5,000 ft 1,524 m

Single engine service ceiling: 7,550 ft 2,301 m

Long-range cruise speed/range: 441 nm/818 km (no reserve)


Maximum takeoff gross weight: 11,700 lb 5,306 kg

Empty weight, utility configuration: ? lb ? kg

Useful load, utility configuration: ? lb ? kg

Passengers (crew): Five (VIP version) or 13 (high density) (two pilots)

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: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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