Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of diversified business
United Technologies Corp.
), recently received a green flag from the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) for the introduction of the "Rig Approach"
functionality in its S-92 helicopters to improve its efficiency
and safety features. The new feature was developed in
), a helicopter transportation services provider operating S-92
and S-76 helicopters of Sikorsky in the Gulf of Mexico region.
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 only seven.
The new feature can be retrofitted to any S-92 helicopter that is
already operational. Over the years, the S-92 fleet has grown to
170 helicopters since entering service in Sep 2004, operating in
diverse fields such as Head of State missions, search and rescue
(SAR) operations, and transportation services for utility and
airline passengers. The S-92 platform is also likely to be
formally offered by Sikorsky in this summer to the U.S.
Government as a replacement for the "Marine One" helicopter fleet
that transports the President.
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 amid
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
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), each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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