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

Helicopter Guide

A Sikorsky S-76D heicopter in flight.

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)