Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of diversified business
United Technologies Corp.
), recently received certification from the European Aviation
Safety Agency (EASA) for its S-92 helicopters. With this
validation, the S-92 helicopters have become the most compliant
aircraft in its class with additional certifications from the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Civil
Aviation Agency of Brazil.
The European certification for the software update to the Avionics
Management System (AMS) version 8.0 fortifies the air-traffic
control mechanism system with enhanced safety measures. It offers
real-time satellite-based position and heading data through a fully
integrated Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) II and
Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out.
The display enhancements to existing functionality in the S-92
helicopters enable better support and co-ordination in mission
capabilities, such as enhanced Search and Rescue (SAR) missions and
the Rig Approach. The Rig Approach offers a fully automated
approach capability to pilots flying out to oil platforms and rigs
and has higher safety margins than any other offshore procedure
approaches in the offing. It helps to reduce the workload at
critical times during the instrument arrival procedure and provides
additional barriers to CFIT (controlled flight into terrain). This
in turn provides offshore oil operators an easier maneuver and
reduces cockpit workload by 60% from 17 pilot-initiated items to
Sikorsky is one of the world's largest manufacturers of military
and commercial helicopters, and also provides aftermarket
helicopter and aircraft parts and services for its parent company
United Technologies. At present, major production programs at
Sikorsky include the UH-60M Black Hawk medium-transport helicopters
and HH-60M Medevac helicopters for the U.S. and foreign
governments, the S-70 Black Hawk for foreign governments, the
MH-60S and MH-60R helicopters for the U.S. Navy, the International
Naval Hawk for multiple naval missions, and the S-76 and S-92
helicopters for commercial operations.
Based in Hartford, CT, United Technologies provides high-end
technology products and services to the building systems and
aerospace industries worldwide. The company is a diversified
business conglomerate serving various end markets such as
aerospace, defense and commercial construction. The business
diversification allows the company to remain profitable during
tough economic times.
The operations of the company are primarily classified into two
principal businesses: commercial and aerospace. Under its
commercial business, the company has Otis and the UTC Climate,
Controls & Security division, which combined the former Carrier
and UTC Fire & Security divisions. The aerospace business of
the company consists of Sikorsky aircraft and the UTC Propulsion
& Aerospace Systems, which includes UTC Aerospace Systems and
Pratt & Whitney divisions.
United Technologies presently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other
notable companies in the industry include
Carlisle Companies Incorporated
), each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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